In just over a week, you can go behind the scenes in our Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar to see the #Apollo11 Command Module Columbia. Join us in person at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA or online for #ApolloOnTheMove!

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This spacecraft has been to the Moon's orbit and back, and later this year, the #Apollo11 Command Module Columbia going on a four-city U.S. tour. Find out how we're getting it ready: [ S.si.edu Link ]
What does the #Apollo11 mission mean to you? We want to hear your story! [ S.si.edu Link ] #DestinationMoon
We're live with some big news about the #Apollo11 Command Module Columbia!
Tomorrow! We'll be live from our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA talking about and in front of a revolutionary naval aircraft called the Curtiss N-9H. Did you know that ours is the last of its kind? Get your questions ready, grab your lunch, and tune in tomorrow at 12:30 pm ET!

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The flight of Friendship 7 has gained new resonance thanks to the movie Hidden Figures. Curator Michael Neufeld examines the movie through the lens of a space historian. He admits that the movie deviates from history often, but that it is destined to change our national narrative about the space program and the people who contributed to it: [ S.si.edu Link ]

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55 Years Ago Today: John H. Glenn Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth in this Mercury capsule he named "Friendship 7." Glenn's flight was the third manned mission of Project Mercury, following two suborbital flights by astronauts in 1961. Glenn orbited the Earth three times and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds after launch. See "Friendship 7"...
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Today in 1930: Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto by comparing this photographic plate from January 23, 1930 with two others taken that same month: [ S.si.edu Link ]
We're just two weeks away from our "Apollo on the Move" event at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Don't miss this opportunity to go into the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar to see Command Module Columbia and talk to our experts about the Apollo program.

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The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union ushered in the end of the Cold War. The U.S. withdrew its Pershing II missiles and the Soviet Union withdrew its SS-20s. As a part of the treaty, both countries agreed that some of the missiles would be put in museums so that people could learn from them. Curator Tom Lassman shares the history...
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Ask an Expert Live: Katherine Johnson & John Glenn's flight
Reminder: Wednesday is the last day to apply for the Summer Internship Program. Apply now to work on meaningful projects, learn from experts, and explore Washington, DC with your fellow interns: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Love the movie "Hidden Figures"? We think you'll enjoy this guide to the movie's computing equipment from a curator at the National Museum of American History.

A curator goes to the movies: The stuff of "Hidden Figures"

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Grab your lunch and join us online this Wednesday! We'll be on Facebook Live talking about John Glenn's historic flight and the roles that Katherine Johnson and other African American women mathematicians at NASA played.

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How do you celebrate like the French in the 19th century? With a balloon. In the weeks and months following the invention of the balloon, no celebration was complete without a daring aerial display. A balloon ascent had the power to gather crowds of delighted spectators eager to see something they had never seen before. This balloon craze was satirized and documented in prints and engravings...
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We recently took new photographs of the Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft following its conservation. This is the same spacecraft that John Glenn piloted into Earth orbit, an American first. The images reveal details of the spacecraft that can be easy to overlook when taking the capsule in as a whole. Are you able to pinpoint the circles in the capsule's heat shield where NASA extracted samples...
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We're live with NASA astronaut Victor Glover!
5 Years Ago Today: the Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" was rolled out following 8 years of restoration work. More from our archive: [ S.si.edu Link ]