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Today in 1976: Concorde entered commercial service as two flights took off at the same time: Air France AF085 from Paris to Rio de Janeiro and British Airways BA300 from London to Bahrain. Our Concorde, on display at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, flew that first Air France commercial Concorde flight to Rio:
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Absolutely magnificent!
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Today in 2009: US Airways Flight 1549 ditched in the Hudson River after birds struck and disabled the engines of the Airbus A320 moments after takeoff. All crew and passengers were safely evacuated. In 2010, the flight crew of US Airways Flight 1549 was awarded The National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Current Achievement.

Image Caption: Crew of US Airways Flight 1549 (left to right): Flight Attendant Sheila Dail, First Officer Jeffrey B. Skiles, Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III, Flight Attendant Donna Dent, and Flight Attendant Doreen Welsh.
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I have the movie with Tom Hanks.
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Today in 1968: Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders became the first humans to view the Earth from lunar orbit. They took this iconic Earthrise photo.

Explore objects in our collection from the Apollo 8 mission:

Image Credit: NASA
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Sad to see such trolls as the one above after such a monumental and successful effort put forth by all including the press.

Trying to figure out how the picture was taken, earth up, or earth on the side. I guess it doesn't really matter though.
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Forty-four years ago today, the Apollo 17 capsule "America" splashed down in the Pacific Ocean completing the last lunar landing mission of the Apollo program. Apollo 17 was the last time humans set foot on the Moon.

Do you think humans should return to the Moon, and if so, what do you think could be accomplished through human lunar exploration?

Photo credit: NASA
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Today in 1972: The Apollo 17 lunar module "Challenger" departed the Moon with astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Gene Cernan. Prior Apollo missions left their overshoes on the Moon, but the Apollo 17 astronauts decided to bring theirs back home to Earth. Pictured here are those that belonged to Eugene Cernan, who took the last steps on the lunar surface.

Cernan's Apollo 17 overshoes are part of our collection:
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good morning
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"America still needs heroes. And although we have lost our friend and countryman, we will always have our hero John Glenn."

General J.R. "Jack" Dailey, our director, remembers his friend and hero, John Glenn:
John Glenn died yesterday, after a lifetime of service to his country. He was a Marine aviator and combat veteran of two wars, the first American to orbit the Earth, a United States Senator, and a great friend. After 95 years, his service is finally complete. It is now up to us to celebrate a life well-lived, and to honor his legacy of virtue and valor. Our hearts are heavy, but full of gratitude.
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Today in 1911: Eugene Burton Ely made the first successful landing and take-off from a naval vessel. In this photo, Ely guides his Curtiss Model D biplane for an imminent landing on a platform constructed on the stern of the USS Pennsylvania, anchored in San Francisco Bay, CA.

While Ely had flown from the deck of the USS Birmingham the previous November, this was the first successful landing of an airplane on a ship. Paired with a take-off from the USS Pennsylvania later that same day, the achievement marked the beginning of naval aviation. More from our story archive:
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Today in 1968: The Surveyor 7 spacecraft, last lunar lander in the Surveyor program, landed on the Moon. The Surveyor series was designed to carry out soft landings on the Moon and provide data about its surface and possible atmosphere. See an engineering model, S-10, used for thermal control tests on display at our Museum in Washington, DC:
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My dad designed the camera lensed on the Surveyor missions when he worked for JPL.
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NASA is building a brand new rocket for the future of human spaceflight. The Space Launch System (SLS) will take astronauts beyond the low-Earth orbit of the International Space Station. Astronaut Christina Koch helps us examine the SLS rocket in more detail:

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Today in 1958: Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, burned up on reentry into the Earth's atmosphere after spending three months in orbit.

This is the last surviving piece of Sputnik - the arming pin. Removed just prior to launch, it prevented contact between the batteries and transmitters. A pin mounted on the launch vehicle served the same purpose until the satellite separated from the launcher in orbit. Only then did Sputnik begin to transmit its distinctive "beep, beep, beep" heard round the world.

See it and our replica of Sputnik on display at our Museum in Washington, DC. More about Sputnik: 
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Last night, we moved the Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia" from our Museum in Washington, DC. You can see it from the overlook to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA as we work to prepare it for our upcoming exhibition, "Destination Moon."

Image Credit: Anthony Wallace, Supervisory Museum Specialist
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So cool !!! Thanks
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This morning, a wreath and a memorial panel were placed by Senator John Glenn's Friendship 7 spacecraft at our Museum in Washington, DC. Has his life and legacy inspired your own life? We're collecting and sharing your stories on our website. Share yours:
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Largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world.
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.
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