Did you know that one of the oldest flying objects in the Museum's collection is a kite? In this video, curator Tom Crouch and conservator Amanda Malkin talk about how we preserve the Chinese kites in our collection.

To learn more about kites, join us at our Kites of Asia family day, tomorrow at the Museum in Washington, DC. Learn about the history and science of kites, see indoor kite...
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Conserving our Chinese Kites

Learn about some of the intricacies of preserving the Museum's Chinese kite collection from Curator Tom Crouch and Conservator Amanda Malkin.

Live webcast is one hour! We're talking to Carolyn Porco from Space Science Institute about the Cassini mission and what it's revealed about Saturn. Tune in at 8 pm EDT: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image caption: Artist's concept of Cassini's final orbits between the innermost rings and Saturn's cloud tops.

Image credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Today in 1965: Astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom and John Young launched on Gemini 3. This G3-C spacesuit was worn by Grissom during the three-orbit, five-hour mission: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Jeff Williams first went to space in May 2000 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis, and in September 2016 he returned from his fourth spaceflight, a six-month stay on board the International Space Station. Today at 11 am EDT, Williams will be talking about being a NASA astronaut, and what has changed in his 16 years of spaceflight experience. Tune in live: s.si.edu/2nCQ5EE
In July, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams sent us birthday greetings from on board the International Space Station. Tomorrow, he'll be at the Museum in Washington, DC talking about his 534 days in space -- an American record. Watch the webcast live at 11 am EDT: s.si.edu/2nCQ5EE

The ISS Wishes the National Air and Space Museum a Happy 40th Birthday

NASA Astronaut and Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams wishes the National Air and Space Museum a Happy 40th Birthday aboard the International Space Statio...

This Saturday, join us for Kites of Asia family day at the Museum in Washington, DC. Learn about the history and science of kites, see indoor kite flying presentations, and participate in hands-on activity stations where you can build and decorate your own kite. Learn more: s.si.edu/2n7QUCn
We’re live talking about Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.
Do you have tickets to this year's Exploring Space lectures? The series starts this Thursday with "Cassini to Saturn: The Journey and the Legacy." Attend in person, or watch the webcast live at 8 pm. Learn more about the Exploring Space Lecture Series: s.si.edu/2nirLY2
Link to live webcast: s.si.edu/2n7kEkJ

Entering Saturn’s orbit in 2004, the Cassini orbiter has returned years of insights on this scientifically rich planetary system. On September 15, 2017, its mission will end and the spacecraft will be sent plunging into Saturn. Carolyn Porco, principal investigator for the Cassini imaging system, will present a retrospective look at what we have...
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Live Webcast - Cassini to Saturn: The Journey and the Legacy

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“Say yes to scary things.”

Dr. Tom Barclay is a senior research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. He spends his days studying stars and planets and how they formed. But before he became a scientist, he had all kinds of jobs from cleaning toilets to washing pots. He’s got some great advice about finding your own path.
“A rocket engine is a controlled explosion. So there’s this tension between pushing the technological state of the art and also maintaining safety and reliability," Curator Tom Lassman

The F-1 engine remains the highest thrust rocket engine that NASA has ever flown (1.5 million pounds of thrust). The liquid-fueled engine was used during the Apollo program and sat at the bottom of the Saturn V.
In this week's Ask an Expert on Facebook Live, space history curator Valerie Neal will talk about Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

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Ask an Expert Live: "Getting Acquainted with Sally Ride"

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Today in 1926: Robert H. Goddard launched the world's first successful liquid-fuel rocket at Auburn, MA. The rocket, propelled by liquid oxygen and gasoline, went up to an altitude of 41 feet (12.5 m) in 2.5 seconds and landed 184 feet (56 m) away. A replica of the rocket is on display at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image Caption: Esther Goddard took this picture...
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Celebrate Yuri’s Night at the National Air and Space Museum as we explore the one true pairing—SPACE and BEER. Hear about how Ninkasi Brewing Company sent brewer's yeast to space on a rocket, learn about human spaceflight from museum curator Cathy Lewis, and test your knowledge with space and beer themed trivia.

Tickets cost $45 and include five beer tastings and food pairings, culminating...
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Yuri's Night Celebration

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Did you know that the Pfalz D.XII on display at the Museum is a movie star? It was used in the filming of the 1930 classic aviation film The Dawn Patrol. Curator Peter Jakab discusses the film, whose influence can be seen in virtually every military aviation movie made since it premiered: s.si.edu/2nodYA6

In the area this Friday? We'll be screening The Dawn Patrol at the Museum in Washington,...
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Dark Energy and the Big Throughput Camera
UPDATE: Our Udvar-Hazy Center will remain closed today, March 14. Our Museum in Washington, DC will open at noon.

Pictured here are Charles Lindbergh's snowshoes: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Today in 2011: The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), civilian pilots who flew in non-combat situations for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, were awarded this Congressional Gold Medal, "in recognition of their pioneering military service and exemplary record, which forged revolutionary reform in the Armed Forces of the United States of America." - [ S.si.edu Link ] ...
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One of the biggest questions in astronomy is why the rate of expansion of our universe over time is increasing. It has led to speculation that a major component of the universe is something called "dark energy." In this week's Ask an Expert on Facebook Live, space history curator David DeVorkin will discuss this question, dark energy, and the Big Throughput Camera on the Blanco telescope that...
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Ask an Expert Live: Dark Energy and the Big Throughput Camera

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The newest story from our exhibition “Clouds in a Bag” may inspire some of you weekend warriors. Curator Tom Crouch shares how the balloon provided daring explorers a new way to pursue science from high-altitude flights to North Pole misadventures: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image: This handbill advertises a stock offering to finance the exploration of uncharted lands by balloon including,...
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