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Telstar and the “Global Village”

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Since October 1997, the Space History Division has been celebrating a number of fiftieth anniversaries: Sputnik, Vanguard, Yuri Gagarin’s flight, Alan Shepard’s Mercury Flight. Next July we hope to celebrate another. On July 10th, 1962 at 11:47 GMT, the world’s first transmission of a television image by satellite took place, using the Telstar satellite. Prior   …Continue Reading


“Spirit of Tuskegee” arrives at the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar – Part II

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This post is a follow up to the following: Tuskegee Bird Flies North Spirit of Tuskegee Arrives at Andrews AFB During the Stearman trip to DC, while each and every moment created either a new and exciting memory for me or revived one of the old ones from my Air Force flying days, there were   …Continue Reading


The Last Space Shuttle Mission

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I was thrilled to be a part of the NASA Tweetup for STS-135 July 7 and 8 at Kennedy Space Center. It was exciting — and almost surreal — to be there for the end of the space program that my generation grew up with. We weren’t around for the Moon landings, but we all   …Continue Reading


Spirit of Tuskegee Arrives at Andrews AFB

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This post is a follow up to Tuskegee Bird Flies North. …So I was on the phone Monday evening and my wife asked me, “Well, what did you do today?” With subtle nonchalance I said, “Well, I strapped into the front seat of Matt’s Stearman, ya know, the one that was flown by the Tuskegee   …Continue Reading


New Plants Blast off in the Landscape

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Moonbeams, rockets, and Blue Angels are not just showcased in the National Air and Space Museum — they are in the garden too!  The extensive terraced garden that surrounds the Museum is now home to many plants with extraordinary cultivar names that reflect the Air and Space theme, like Skyrocket Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’) and   …Continue Reading