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We mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Senator John Glenn. His legacy of friendship and discovery will live in our halls forever.
Today in 1903: The Langley Aerodrome A crashed at takeoff during the second attempted flight, collapsing upon itself and falling into the Potomac River. Pilot Charles M. Manly was trapped briefly under wreckage in the freezing water before he was rescued, unhurt. See the original Langley Aerodrome A at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. More: [ S.si.edu Link ]
For the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, curator Laurence Burke explored the long and complicated history that led up to the Japanese attack: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image Caption and Credit: Sailors stand amid wrecked planes at the Ford Island seaplane base. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration

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75 Years Ago Today: Carrier-based Japanese aircraft staged a surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This Sikorsky JRS-1 is the only object in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor that day. It is on view inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA: [ S.si.edu Link ]

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100 Years Ago Today: the Lafayette Escadrille was formed. It was composed of American volunteers who chose to fight for France a year before the United States’ official entry into the Great War in April 1917. Captain Georges Thenault, a French Army officer and pilot, was commander of the first squadron of American volunteers and two of his operational logs are in our collection. Discover the...
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Today in 1965: Astronauts Frank Borman and James A. Lovell Jr. launched into orbit on Gemini VII. While in orbit, they participated in a historic first in spaceflight that was a critical step toward the Apollo Moon landings. Do you know what it was?

See the Gemini VII capsule on display at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA: [ S.si.edu Link ]
It's National Cookie Day! Celebrate with the story of one family's cookie jar that ended up in our collection: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Do you have a aviation or space-themed cookie jar? Share your picture here as comment!

Last week, the Russian Soyuz series of spacecraft turned 50 years old. The first Soyuz spacecraft, then known as Kosmos 133, launched from the Soviet Union on November 28, 1966. The spacecraft, conceived and tested during the Cold War, is now one of only two spacecraft that can carry humans, often multinational crews, to and from Earth Orbit. Learn more: [ S.si.edu Link ]

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Today in 1992: Space Shuttle Discovery launched on mission STS-53, which was the final classified shuttle flight for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Also on this day, but in 1988, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on another classified DOD mission, STS-27.

Pictured here is the Space Shuttle Discovery launching on mission STS-53. Learn more about Discovery - on display at our Udvar-Hazy...
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Happy 75th Birthday, Civil Air Patrol!

Today in 1941: The Civil Air Patrol was established. It became an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force in 1948 with three main missions: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.

Pictured here is the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Civil Air Patrol in 2014 for service during World War II: [ S.si.edu Link ]
The United States Air Force Band followed up their festive flash mob by getting us all involved in the #MannequinChallenge. Check it out!
Today in 2000: Space Shuttle Endeavour launched on mission STS-97 to install the first U.S.-provided solar arrays on the International Space Station. The tape recorder pictured here flew on Endeavour until 2002: [ S.si.edu Link ]

During a mission, this device recorded both voice and data on magnetic tape.
You never know what you'll see at our Museum in Washington, DC! Yesterday, the United States Air Force Band surprised visitors with a festive flash mob. #AFflashmob16
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Today in 1988: The McDonnell F-4S Phantom II pictured here arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport to join our collection. This plane flew combat air patrols and bombing missions during the Vietnam War: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Today in 1958: NASA officially named the United States' first human spaceflight program Project Mercury. On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space in this Mercury capsule, which he named "Freedom 7" - [ S.si.edu Link ]

"Freedom 7" is on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
How do you “see” something that emits or reflects nothing? Curator David DeVorkin talks black holes in, "Black Hole Friday" - [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image Caption and Credit: M87 in visible light. Courtesy of UCO/Lick Observatory.
Did you enjoy seeing the balloons in today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? They reminded us of a collector with a passion for balloons - Evelyn Way Kendall. Learn more about how Kendall and her world-class collection of 78 original works of art, almost 450 prints, 117 balloon-themed objects, and a library of over 330 rare aeronautical books and manuscripts: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Happy #Thanksgiving! Astronauts have celebrated Thanksgiving in space since the Skylab missions of the 1970s. While the kinds of food are similar to what you might see on your plate today, that’s where the similarities end: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image Caption and Credit: This Thanksgiving holiday decoration flew on the International Space Station in 2001. Credit: NASA
Stardust was the first discovery mission of its kind. Launched in 1999, it was sent to collect samples from Comet Wild 2. When Stardust returned in 2006, scientists found exciting results that expanded our understanding of the universe.

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