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Shedding Light on a Common Problem

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If you’ve been to any of the nighttime observing sessions at our Public Observatory, you might have wondered why we mostly view the planets and the Moon. After all, the Observatory houses a professional 16-inch telescope, and several other high-quality portable telescopes; shouldn’t they be able to show us great views of galaxies or nebulas?   …Continue Reading


The STS-135 crew comes for a visit

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The National Air and Space Museum was once again honored to host a space shuttle crew this past Friday. This visit was special because it was the STS-135 crew of the shuttle Atlantis, the historic final mission that returned on July 21. The crew was only four astronauts for this last flight, smaller than the   …Continue Reading


What Can You Really See From Space?

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Most people know that satellites in orbit do useful things such as collect images of the Earth’s surface. At the National Air and Space Museum I use satellite images in my job to understand changes in the Earth’s land surface. Today millions of people are acquainted with satellite imagery on internet map services. People sometimes   …Continue Reading


5 Cool Things at the Udvar-Hazy Center You May Have Missed

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The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, currently has over 161 aircraft and 160 major space objects on display.  With so much to see in such a huge space, it’s easy to focus on the larger and more famous objects like the Concorde, Space Shuttle Enterprise, and Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay.  However, there   …Continue Reading


Ten Events of Great Significance in Space Exploration during the Twenty-first Century’s First Decade

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As the first decade of the twenty-first century comes to a close—I know that one could make the case that the first decade ended in 2009 but we had this argument during Y2K and I’m not going to rehash it here—what might we consider the ten most important events in space exploration and discovery? Everyone   …Continue Reading