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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And that brings us to today. This afternoon, nearly nine years after the last Space Shuttle mission, the first crewed mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch from historic Pad 39A. Tune in to watch history being made: #LaunchAmerica 

We're going to double up on Apollo here, because we can't *not* mention the first crewed launch of the mighty Saturn V rocket. That designation goes to Apollo 8, the first mission to take humans to lunar orbit.

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tbh we were a bit late tweeting this out because we were just so amazed and couldn't look away from the live feed #LaunchAmerica 

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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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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 

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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 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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? After 13 years off display, Neil Armstrong's spacesuit is back on view at Air and Space, just in time for the 50th anniversary of #Apollo11 ! It recently underwent a multi-year conservation, thanks to the support of Kickstarter backers: #Apollo50 

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