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Live webcast in 1 hour! We're talking to Chris McKay from NASA Ames Research Center about searching for life in our solar system. Tune in at 8 pm ET: http://s.si.edu/1SCwiKa
In this lecture, Chris McKay, senior scientist at Ames Research Center, will discuss the ongoing search for life within our solar system.
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Our Museum in Washington, DC is turning 40 on July 1, and we want you to help us celebrate! Join us in DC and online for an all-night 40th anniversary event and the official reopening of Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: http://s.si.edu/airandspace40

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Today in 1972: #Apollo16 splashed down in the Pacific after a successful lunar landing mission. This is one of three main parachutes deployed to slow the spacecraft's rate of descent for a safe water landing. The Apollo command module could safely land in the water with only two main parachutes deployed. Do you know which Apollo mission splashed down safely after one of the three main parachutes failed? Learn more about the Apollo 16 mission: http://bit.ly/1yvDH9C
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Today in 1990: the Hubble Space Telescope was placed in orbit from Space Shuttle Discovery: http://bit.ly/1bDMyfz

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Happy ‪Earth Day‬! This photo was taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts while en route to the Moon on December 7, 1972. This first view of the whole Earth from space has become one of the most iconic and widely distributed images in existence. It has been used by environmental activists, politicians, and scientists to illustrate the fragility of our home planet and the need to protect it and the life that it supports.

Read more in our blog archive: http://bit.ly/1flmnWe

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Who has not seen the bright blue and white image of the Earth, swaddled in clouds and looking inviting, in numerous places and in various settings? Taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts on December 7, 1972, this photograph is one of the most widely distributed images in existence. It was the best one taken by these ...Continue Reading
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Today in 1972: Apollo 16 lunar module "Orion" landed on the Moon in the Descartes Highlands (pictured here). While astronauts John Young and Charles Duke were on the lunar surface, Thomas K. Mattingly circled the Moon in the command module "Casper."

More about the landing site: http://bit.ly/1DtlntK
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Something not reported Secret Squirrel will always remember extra effort added flap to fender with duct tape coffee filter almond smell extra fuel appropriated the bolt was not half inch and was not 9/16 Sparky says woof
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Today in 1942: Legendary pilot Jimmy Doolittle led sixteen B-25 bombers on the first American aerial assault against the Japanese mainland during World War II– known as the Doolittle Raid. For this high-risk mission, Doolittle received the Medal of Honor.

Learn more about Jimmy Doolittle: http://bit.ly/1D2ebXV
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+Jeff Crihfield ahmen!
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15 Years Ago Today: California businessman Dennis Tito became the first tourist in space. He wore this Sokol KV-2 spacesuit during launch aboard Soyuz TM-32 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. Tito paid the Russians a reported $20 million for this adventure.
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Wow! That's an expensive ride!
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TODAY! Tune in at 11 am ET for a live webcast with NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren. Lindgren recently returned from five months in space on ISS Expeditions 44 and 45: http://s.si.edu/WhatsNewInAerospace

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Today in 1990: The Hubble Space Telescope was launched on Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31). This full-scale engineering test model was built for testing purposes before construction of the Hubble Space Telescope now in orbit. Hubble has shown us dramatic images of planets, distant stars, and galaxies, and enabled discoveries that have changed our theories about the universe. Have images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope sparked your curiosity about the cosmos or a new passion for astronomy?

The Hubble Test Telescope and primary backup mirror are on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/13HVnAH

See Space Shuttle Discovery on display at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA: http://bit.ly/SpaceShuttleDiscovery
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Four Years Ago Today: We welcomed Space Shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian. Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery, right, are pictured here meeting nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. The first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, Discovery completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,211,675 miles.

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Well, is it Flak Bait or Flak-Bait? Discover how one, tiny hyphen can mean the difference between referring to our B-26B Marauder and other World War II aircraft, as well as the self-given name of U.S. Army Air Forces Ninth Air Force medium bomber crews: http://s.si.edu/FlakBaitName

Does anyone have a personal connection with these aircraft, have any more details, or know of any other World War II aircraft that flew with the name Flak Bait?
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Largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world.
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The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA display the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artifacts.