Twitter | Search | |
This is the legacy version of twitter.com. We will be shutting it down on 15 December 2020. Please switch to a supported browser or device. You can see a list of supported browsers in our Help Center.
National Air and Space Museum
Celebrating gravity and the moments we took to the skies and did what once seemed impossible. Legal:
38,950
Tweets
580
Following
269,479
Followers
Tweets
National Air and Space Museum 5h
Throughout history, aviation has been shaped by daring Native American women who were pioneers in flight and innovation. Here’s a review of a few of their groundbreaking stories we’ve highlighted throughout :
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum 7h
in 1983, this Spacelab Laboratory Module was a part of the first Spacelab science mission when Space Shuttle Columbia launched on STS-9:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum 10h
Today in 1956, the Ryan X-13 Vertijet made its first transition from horizontal to vertical flight and back again. Its lightweight design made it all possible, as it took off from a mobile launch and recovery platform.
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum 13h
1964: Mariner 4 was successfully launched on an 8-month journey to Mars. As the spacecraft flew by the Red Planet, it captured and returned the first close-up photos of the Martian surface and the first images of a planet returned from deep space.
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 27
Today in 1971, the first human made object to reach the surface of Mars, the Soviet Mars 2 lander, reached the Red Planet but crashed on impact.
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 27
Pioneering aerospace engineer Mary Golda Ross (Cherokee) was the first female engineer recruited to Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works. More on her inspiring career: 📷:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 27
in 1927, the Pitcairn PA-5 Mailwing was first used by Texas Air Transport on Contract Air Mail Route 21. Learn more:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 27
Replying to @victorpoughon
You can access the full-res file here:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 27
On this day in 1963, the first successful launch of the Atlas-Centaur rocket took place at Cape Canaveral, Florida. We have a 1:15 scale model in our collection:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 27
Is this what it would look like to land on Mars? On this day in 1989, Space Shuttle Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base, completing STS-33.
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 26
Happy landing anniversary to ! The lander touched down on Mars on this day in 2018 and has been studying the interior of the Red Planet ever since. Learn more:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 26
"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 26
Today's random aviation fact: On November 26, 1946, six horses were transported from Ireland to the United States by airplane, completing the first transatlantic flight of thoroughbreds. 🐎 🐎 🐎 🐎 🐎 🐎 + ✈️ = 🇮🇪 > 🇺🇸
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 26
Today in 1958, the name "Project Mercury" was chosen for America's first human spaceflight program. NASA introduced us to the Mercury astronauts less than five months later.
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 26
On this day in 2011, the rover launched on board a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on its 8 month journey to the Red Planet. A model of Curiosity in our collection helps us tell the rover's story:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 26
Happy from the National Air and Space Museum. We are grateful for every and who made Air and Space stories, programs, and content part of their 2020 experience.
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 26
Replying to @shanescott666
You can download a higher quality version of this photo here:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 25
80 years ago today, the first production Martin B-26 Marauder was flown. Our B-26, famously known as “Flak-Bait,” flew in over 200 missions over Europe during , more than any other American aircraft. Learn more about its fascinating history:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 25
110 years ago today, Helene Dutrieu, also known as the "girl hawk" of aviation, became the first Belgian woman to receive a pilot license. She was the most daring and accomplished woman pilot of her time and set a variety of aviation records:
Reply Retweet Like
National Air and Space Museum Nov 25
The Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny” is almost synonymous with American aviation in the 1920s. Its affordability, ease of operation, and versatility made it the signature airplane of the barnstorming era. 1918, the Smithsonian acquired this Jenny, one of the finest remaining examples.
Reply Retweet Like