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Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka Now Publicly Available

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Almost a year ago, the Museum announced that it had acquired papers and artifacts of Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), renowned science fiction author and futurist.  Now we can share that the Archives has completed processing the collection and it is open for research. As we discussed in blogs last year, Clarke was a seminal figure   …Continue Reading


“A Company of Scholars”: A Brief History of the National Air and Space Museum’s Fellowship Program

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The Museum is accepting applications for fellowships from November 1, 2012 – January 15, 2013. Most people know the National Air and Space Museum as the premier location in the United States, and perhaps in the world, for the display of the artifacts of aerospace history. Not so well publicized is the fact that the Museum is   …Continue Reading


The Curtiss-Wright Corporation Collection – Patent Files

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In 1929, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company merged with the Wright Aeronautical Corporation to form the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. The merger of these two companies created one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the country, which held numerous patents for aircraft. The National Air and Space Museum Archives Division holds two collections that include patent   …Continue Reading


Reflections on Post-Cold War Issues for International Space Cooperation

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In the 1990s the United States collaborative space policy entered an extended period of transition from the earlier era of Cold War, one in which NASA has been compelled to deal with international partners on a much more even footing than ever before. This was true for several reasons. U.S. preeminence in space technology was   …Continue Reading


A “New Mars” Comes to the National Air and Space Museum

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The Exploring the Planets Gallery in the National Air and Space Museum’s National Mall Building recently underwent a major update to the section devoted to scientific exploration of Mars. This new exhibit features the results of the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Express, and other recent spacecraft that have revolutionized our ideas   …Continue Reading