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The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air & space objects in the world. Legal:
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Smithsonian's STEM in 30 11h
Are you watching the film on ? Want to learn more about the suit Armstrong wore? Check out ’s STEM in 30 and hear directly from the lead conservator and curator.
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Today in 1914: Felixstowe F "America" flying boat 1st flown by Glenn Curtiss & John Cyril Porte. The Felixstowe F series was an outgrowth of a prewar project to build a flying boat capable of a transatlantic flight.
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Today in 2001: the X-35B flight test program began, which lasted until August of that year. The X-35 pictured is the first aircraft in history to achieve a short takeoff, level supersonic dash, and vertical landing in a single flight.
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Replying to @AstroMCollins
Checklists, like the Command Module Operations Checklist pictured here, were critical to operating the Apollo spacecraft, leading to refer to them as the "fourth crew member whose views had to be considered."
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Today in 1931: Wiley Post and Harold Gatty departed New York on an around-the-world record eight-day flight in the Lockheed Vega "Winnie Mae":
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July 20, 1969, the were in the bottom of the 7th when it was announced: a man had walked on the Moon. The crowd of over 30,000 sang "God Bless America." See a statue of Armstrong's suit at near Gate A. Learn more:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 22
Today in 1999: the starship Enterprise studio model from The Original Series underwent x-ray analysis:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 22
in 1985, the Rutan Voyager made its first flight. Voyager demonstrated the strength and efficiency of an all-composite airframe by flying nonstop around the world without refueling:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 22
Replying to @airandspace
In mid-July 1969, Apollo 11 wasn't the only spacecraft on its way to the Moon. The Soviet Union's uncrewed lunar mission Luna 15 launched on July 13. This Estonian toy is a motorized model of the Luna program's Lunokhod robotic rovers:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 22
Today in 1960: GRAB-1, the world's first successful reconnaissance satellite, was launched:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 22
On this day in 1973, the crew of Skylab 2, the first human mission to the space station, returned to Earth after 404 orbits and 392 experiment hours. Skylab 2 Command Module:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 22
It's ! ☀️ The Museum in DC will be open until 9:30 pm tonight to celebrate the beginning of summer, and our will be open for nighttime observing from 9:30 to 11:30 pm. 🔭 Learn more:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 21
Replying to @virgingalactic
. built upon SpaceShipOne's designs to create SpaceShipTwo, which flew its first suborbital flight last December. RocketMotorTwo, the hybrid rocket motor that powered that flight, recently joined our collection:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 21
Replying to @CBSNews
This Data Acquisition Camera captured the first steps and the astronauts' lunar activity. It was supposed to be left on the Moon, but was discovered in a Beta cloth bag in a closet at Armstrong's home a few years ago:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 21
Pilot Mike Melvill wore this helmet in 2004 when SpaceShipOne reached space for the first time:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 21
1972, the crew of this McDonnell F-4S Phantom II (then a Navy F-4J) downed an enemy MiG-21 off the coast of Vietnam:
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 21
Over the years, many astronauts have snapped a selfie or two while out for a (space)walk. After all, can you get a more out-of-this-world backdrop?
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 21
15 years ago today, SpaceShipOne became the first privately developed piloted vehicle to reach space:
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Smithsonian Jun 21
💬 Group text: We're getting packed for , the best block party/late-night jam session/nerd festival of the summer. We've got the sunscreen. ☀️☀️☀️ Tell us what you're bringing!
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National Air and Space Museum Jun 21
Replying to @smithsonian
We know it's going to be hot and sunny, so we have this visor that RCA handed out at the launch of Apollo 16: The paper-visor tradition started at the sunny launch.
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