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Gene Kranz's Apollo Vest
NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz famously wore a homemade white vest as he averted tragedy during the Apollo 13 mission
By Owen Edwards April 01, 2010
Pan Am founder Juan Trippe turned Americans into frequent fliers
By Owen Edwards Smithsonian magazine, November 2007
The Flight Stuff
Amelia Earhart brought her own special style—even to her outerwear
By Owen Edwards Smithsonian magazine, July 2007
When orbiting pranksters Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford launched into "Jingle Bells," Mission Control almost lost control
By Owen Edwards Smithsonian magazine, December 2005
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery Opens Tomorrow
Since 1976, the National Air and Space Museum’s Pioneers of Flight Gallery has housed such beloved airplanes as Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega and Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Lockheed Sirius.
By Jess Righthand Around the Mall Blog, November 18, 2010
Paying Homage to Sally Ride
Twenty-seven years ago today, when the seventh flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
By Megan Gambino Around the Mall Blog, June 18, 2010
100-year-old Lifeboat Makes its Way to Air and Space
In the early 1900s, before American pilots tried to fly airplanes across the Atlantic Ocean, there was another challenge taking place in the skies: flying across the ocean in airships.
By Erica R. Hendry Around the Mall Blog, June 14, 2010
A Tour of the Solar System at Air and Space
For centuries, most of our visual understanding of our own solar system has come by way of offerings from the scientific fields.
By Erica R. Hendry Around the Mall Blog, May 25, 2010
Behind the Scenes of “Hubble 3D,” Now Playing at the Air and Space Museum
In May 2009, a crew of seven astronauts took off on the Space Shuttle Atlantis on a fourth and final mission to repair and service the Hubble Space Telescope.
By Erica R. Hendry Around the Mall Blog, April 27, 2010
“Best of the Decade” with Air and Space Curator Tom Crouch
As a new decade approaches, we here at ATM thought it a good time to reflect on the last—asking Smithsonian curators to weigh in on their favorite exhibits and acquisitions since 2000.
By Megan Gambino Around the Mall Blog, December 17, 2009
Moving Beyond Earth Opens at Air and Spac
This week, the National Air and Space Museum unveiled the first phase of its new permanent exhibit about human spaceflight, “Moving Beyond Earth.”
By Abby Callard Around the Mall Blog, November 20, 2009
Amelia Earhart Soars at the Movies and the Smithsonian
Amelia Earhart’s mystique has captured imaginations for generations and the story of this groundbreaking aviator who disappeared during a 1937 flight around the world still holds some serious pop culture clout.
By Jesse Rhodes Around the Mall Blog, October 23, 2009
Air and Space Digitizes Flight Posters
Of the more than 1,300 posters in the National Air and Space Museum’s collection, Dom Pisano, curator in the Aeronautics Division, prefers one from 1952.
By Abby Callard Around the Mall Blog, October 20, 2009
New Observatory Open at Air and Space
Today marks the official opening of the National Air and Space Museum’s public observatory, but the staff prepped themselves with a soft opening last week.
By Abby Callard Around the Mall Blog, September 30, 2009