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Obscure Objects: Apollo Inflight Exerciser

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Here on Earth, everyone knows exercise is important, but in the weightless environment of space, it’s really important. Research at the Johnson Space Center shows that being in a restricted low-gravity space for long periods of time reduces bone density, causes muscular atrophy, induces loss of calcium, and introduces possible metabolic and cardiovascular problems. That   …Continue Reading


Tom Stafford’s Jingle Bells and Wally Schirra’s Harmonica

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It is not unusual for astronauts who find themselves in space around December 25 to display a little holiday spirit. Gemini VI astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra were no exception. Gemini VI was originally scheduled to launch on October 25, 1965 and dock with the unmanned Agena Target Vehicle, but the flight was canceled   …Continue Reading


That was the Year That Was…2012 in Air and Space

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No question 2012 will be remembered as a simultaneously joyous and tumultuous year, certainly in politics but also in air and space. As a retrospective of the year just gone, here are my five most significant events in air and space. Like all such lists, it is idiosyncratic and I recognize that others might choose   …Continue Reading


Neil, Flat Stanley, and Me

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I knew Neil Armstrong, not all that well, but for a very long time. I first met him in July 1972, when the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) opened the Neil Armstrong Museum in the astronaut’s hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio. A 20-something director of education for the OHS, I had planned all of the exhibitions for   …Continue Reading


Packing for Spaceflight

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Museum staffers are busy outfitting our new shuttle middeck for spaceflight. No, not the actual crew compartment of Discovery, now on display at the Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. This middeck is a reproduction recently installed in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The middeck is   …Continue Reading