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Digging up some Dirt on Mars

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The Viking program represents a major effort by the United States to explore Mars, with the particular goal of performing experiments on Martian soil to look for possible evidence of life.  Four individual spacecraft were sent to Mars as part of the Viking project, two orbiters and two landers, launched as identical orbiter/lander pairs.     …Continue Reading


Suited for Space Comes to the National Air and Space Museum

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It was about five years ago that Museum specialist Amanda Young announced that she had found a publisher, Powerhouse, for her book on the Museum’s collection of spacesuits. The book features the photographs of Mark Avino and the x-rays of many of the spacesuits in the collection that he and Roland Cunningham had created and assembled.   …Continue Reading


The First Fireworks: Origins of the Rocket

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Modern launch vehicles, including the recently retired space shuttle and the earlier Saturn V that took the first humans to the Moon, are among the most complex feats of engineering in human history. In the case of the Saturn V, the vehicle was longer than a football field and comprised of some 5,600,000 separate parts,   …Continue Reading


Sally Ride: First U.S. Woman in Space, and More

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To mark the thirtieth anniversary of Sally Ride’s historic first spaceflight, here is an updated version of a previous post. Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. As she became the first American woman in space in June 1983, Sally Ride’s presence on Challenger for the seventh space shuttle mission truly was a   …Continue Reading


GPS – A Hollywood Actress, a Player Piano, and Hip-Hop

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Given the enormous popularity of GPS among civilian users, and the critical applications for the military, it is not surprising that a large body of literature has arisen about the origins of this remarkable technology. The curators of the new Time and Navigation exhibition discuss this history, and we have illustrated it with a few   …Continue Reading