SmithsonianAirSpace

SmithsonianAirSpace


The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air & space objects in the world. (ToU: http://ow.ly/qWZm3)

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Some might consider opening a museum with a signal from a spacecraft at Mars a bit extra, but we stand by it.

Today in 1934, Richard du Pont set the U.S. altitude record for sailplanes by soaring to 1,892 m (6,223 ft) in a Senior Albatross like this one: #AirSpacePhoto 

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Thanks for sharing the wonders of our solar system with your viewers, friend!

Harriet Quimby was the first American woman to earn a pilot's license and the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel. Tragically, she was killed in an accident during an air meet on July 1, 1912. More on Quimby: #BecauseOfHerStory 

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In 1909, Wilbur Wright flew around the Statue of Liberty in a Wright Type A as part of the New York Hudson-Fulton Celebration. Read "Taking Flight with Lady Liberty" on the blog: 🗽 #ArchivesHuzzah  #ArchivesHashtagParty 

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Today in 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific during a round-the-world flight attempt: #BecauseOfHerStory 

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Here's something you don't see every day: All three #Apollo11  spacesuits, photographed side-by-side for the first time since the mission, in celebration of #Apollo50  (Order: Aldrin, Collins, Armstrong) #AirSpacePhoto 

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Remembering the crew of Challenger STS-51L. On this day in 1986, the launch of STS-51L ended in tragedy when Challenger and crew were lost 73 seconds after liftoff. Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, Judith Resnik, Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair.

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The spacesuits Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will wear for today's Crew Dragon launch look different from the ones you're used to. We explore the sleek SpaceX launch and entry suits in a new blog: #LaunchAmerica 

On this day in 1963, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly in space:

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We are GO for the Moon. Our Saturn V projection on the Washington Monument starts tonight! See it tonight through Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 pm, and don't miss the full #GoForTheMoon  show Friday and Saturday. Full details: #Apollo50 

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We mourn the loss of Annie Glenn — an inspirational voice to many of us over the years. She was a source of strength to her husband John during his time in the space program and US Senate, overcoming challenges and become an American hero in her own right.

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We hope our Twitter feed brings you moments of joy and inspiration during these uncertain times. So, every day in April, we’re going to post an incredible space photo that brings us awe. (And we’d gladly take recommendations!) We'll start with a @NASA_Hubble  classic. 🎆

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We mourn the loss of our friend Gene Cernan, the Last Man on the Moon and a hero for the ages. Godspeed the Commander of Apollo 17.

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