"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" - President John F. Kennedy before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961

The Apollo Program was designed to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth, but America's goals went beyond that. Learn more: [...
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55 Years Ago Today: Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth three times in the Mercury "Aurora 7" capsule, becoming the fourth American in space and the second to go into orbit.

Carpenter wore this suit during his mission, Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7), which lasted 4 hours and 56 minutes and included a number of scientific objectives. Learn more about the mission and the capsule: [ S.si.edu...
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Why is the Spirit of St. Louis on a soda bottle? Find out in our live Q&A!
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Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight of 1927 was followed by massive celebrations around the world. In honor of the 90th anniversary of Lindbergh's epic flight, Jenifer Van Vleck will explore the popular culture phenomenon that turned the reserved young pilot from Minnesota into the first media superstar of the 20th century.

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May is Membership Month, and our goal is to welcome 100 new members by May 31. Help us make every visit to the National Air and Space Museum meaningful and become a member of the National Air and Space Society today. Learn more: [ S.si.edu Link ]
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105 Years Ago Today: First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham reported to Annapolis, MD for pilot training, marking the birth of Marine Corps Aviation.

Cunningham is pictured here in 1914 in a Curtiss hydroaeroplane.

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90 Years Ago Today: Charles Lindbergh landed in France in the “Spirit of St. Louis” completing the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight.

In this story from our blog archive, find out what excited souvenir seekers did next and how we've been caring for the airplane since 1928 - [ S.si.edu Link ]

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90 Years Ago Today: Charles Lindbergh departed in his Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis" from Roosevelt Field, NY on his way to Paris to complete the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight.

Five years later, Amelia Earhart also departed on May 20 (from Newfoundland, Canada) to complete the second solo nonstop transatlantic flight in her red Lockheed Vega 5B.

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Don't miss tonight's live webcast with Reeve Lindbergh. She will honor her incredible mother and father, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and share excerpts from her parents writings as well as her own. Tune in on Air and Space Live: airandspace.si.edu/live.
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We're one month away from this year's Innovations in Flight outdoor aviation display.

Explore the engineering and design innovations that have taken place during the last century of flight and alk with pilots of over 50 vintage and modern aircraft, on display outside the Museum for one day only. This year's program will have a special focus on the U.S. Air Force, which celebrates 70 years...
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Ask an Expert Live: Massively Parallel Processor with Dr. Paul Ceruzzi
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The Massively Parallel Processor sits along a wall at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. It is not much to look at, but it does have a remarkable story to tell us about computing history. An experimental machine, it manipulated not one but thousands of pieces of data at a time—in this case, over 16,000 memory locations, each with its own associated processor.

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Today in 1963: The last Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 (MA-9), was flown by L. Gordon Cooper in the "Faith 7" spacecraft. Cooper completed nearly 22 orbits in 34 hours, 19 minutes, 49 seconds, almost four times the length of Schirra's MA-8 mission. This helmet was used by Gordon Cooper during training sessions prior to his MA-9 mission: [ S.si.edu Link ]
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Happy Mother's Day! Did you know that Susan Wright, mother of the Wright brothers, was quite mechanically inclined? She designed and built simple appliances for herself and made toys for her children. As boys, Wilbur and Orville Wright would consult their mother whenever they needed mechanical assistance or advice: [ S.si.edu Link ]
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Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" was installed in the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building this day in 1928. In this photo, then Secretary of the Smithsonian Charles G. Abbot (right) and the sergeant in charge of operations pose holding the aircraft's right side engine cowling. Where can you see the "Spirit of St. Louis" today? At our Museum in Washington, DC.
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90 Years Ago Today: Charles Lindbergh set a new transcontinental speed record when he completed a flight from San Diego to New York in 21 hours, 40 minutes in the "Spirit of St. Louis" - [ S.si.edu Link ]
90 Years Ago Today Charles Lindbergh set a new transcontinental speed record

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The image of a “lost balloon” vanishing over the horizon became a metaphor for life’s uncertainties in the 19th century. Ballooning in the early 1800s was dangerous, with many of the best known aeronauts setting off across a large body of water never to be seen again.

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50 Year Ago Today: pilot Bruce Peterson was injured in a crash of this lifting body, then a F2-M2. It was rebuilt as a M2-F3 and is now on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Footage of the crash was included in the intro to a TV series. Can you name it?
50 Year Ago Today pilot Bruce Peterson was injured in a crash

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We're live talking about ballooning and the art that was created to celebrate it.
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Don't miss our Ask an Expert at 12:30 pm. We'll be live talking about ballooning and early aviation and the art that was created to celebrate it.

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