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...

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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.
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 learned...
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Live Webcast - Cassini to Saturn: The Journey and the Legacy

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Today in 2003: a Piper J-3 Cub was the first artifact delivered to our Udvar-Hazy Center: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Margaret Hamilton was in charge of software development and production for the Apollo missions to the Moon, and became known as the “Rope Mother,” referring to the unusual way that computer programs were stored on the Apollo Guidance Computers.

Tomorrow from 10 am to 3 pm, join us for our Women in Aviation and Space family day at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia and participate in a...
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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: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image Caption: Esther Goddard took this picture of her husband...
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Did you know that the Pfalz D.XII on display at the Museum in Washington, DC, 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...
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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 ]
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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Celebrate Women's History Month at Women in Aviation and Space Family Day at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Learn about the significant contributions women have made despite the many challenges they faced. Learn more: [ S.si.edu Link ] #WomensHistoryMonth

Admission is free and parking is $15.

Women in Aviation and Space Family Day

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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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Former NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman's advice to budding scientists, designers, engineers, and all-around dreamers: “Fail. Fail often and early.”

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Today in 2011: Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-133) landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center completing its 39th and final flight. The longest-serving orbiter, Discovery flew more missions than any of its sister ships, spending altogether 365 days in space: [ S.si.edu Link ]

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Today we’re celebrating International Women’s Day. Women around the world have meaningfully contributed to the aerospace industry, from groundbreaking research to daring flights. Here are just a few of those inspiring women: [ S.si.edu Link ] #InternationalWomensDay

Image: This is Raymonde de Laroche, the first woman to earn a pilot's license.
Tomorrow! We'll be live with curator Matthew Shindell talking about Mars Sojourner and Marie Curie rovers. What do you want to know? Get your questions ready and tune in! RSVP to the event listing for a reminder.

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Happy Birthday to the world’s first woman in space! More about Valentina Tereshkova, born this day in 1937 in Russia, and the history of women in the Russian space program: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image Caption: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Vladmirovna Tereshkova in the spacecraft Vostok 6. #WomensHistoryMonth
In 1939, Dale L. White Sr., a prominent African American pilot, set out on a "Goodwill Flight" from Chicago to Washington, DC, to make the case for African American participation in flight training, both civilian and military. His flight illustrated the challenges that African Americans faced in reaching equality—White was welcomed in Sherwood, Ohio, but was not permitted to land in...
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