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The Surveyor Landers on the Moon


Like so many other point of intersection, soft landing on the Moon with robotic probes proved a venue for Cold War competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s. The Soviets won that competition February 3, … Continue reading

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One for the Record Books: The Stardust Sample Return Mission


This is one of the most interesting, but little known, missions NASA has ever undertaken. Stardust was the first U.S. space mission dedicated solely to returning extraterrestrial material from beyond the Moon. I am pleased to have played a role in … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: In the Batter’s Box


It’s the home opener for the Washington Nationals today so I thought it would be interesting to point readers to this blog post concerning two of my favorite subjects: baseball and aerospace. This post was written by archivist Elizabeth Borja of the … Continue reading

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Redirect: “Up Close with Shuttle Discovery”


I recently spoke with Peggy Mihelich, MemberCentral Program Director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) about the Space Shuttle Discovery on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport. … Continue reading

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A Flash Mob at the National Air and Space Museum


It was fune this last Tuesday at the National Air and Space Museum with a flash mob by a USAF band. It was a nice holiday treat. Enjoy.

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Space Policy and History Forum #8: What’s New in Commercial Space Transportation?


For anyone in the Washington, D.C., area on Monday, June 10, 2013, we will hold the next Space Policy and History Forum featuring FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation George C. Nield. The event will be held at the … Continue reading

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Redirect: “The Impact of Sally Ride’s Contributions in Space and Education”


On Friday, May 17, 2013, we held at the National Air and Space Museum here in Washington, D.C., a wonderful program on Sally Ride and her place in the history of spaceflight and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. … Continue reading

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The Place of Theater Re-Creations in Museums


I would like to call your attention to an article by Susan Evans, “Personal Beliefs and National Stories: Theater in Museums as a Tool for Exploring Historical Memory.” Just published paper in April 2013 issue of Curator: The Museum Journal. This is … Continue reading

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Redirect: Chicken Little Was Right


I published on March 4, 2013, a new commentary on the policy issues surrounding what to do about asteroid/meteor/comet impacts. Chicken Little Was Right  just appeared on the National Air and Space Museum’s blog. It notes that yes, indeed, the … Continue reading

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Smithsonian Channel Award-Winning Documentary on the Space Shuttle


I am happy to note that the Smithsonian Channel will air its award-winning  documentary, “Space Shuttle: Final Countdown.” I helped with this documentary, and was also interviewed for it. If you do not currently receive the channel, please check here to see … Continue reading

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