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Today in 1966: Surveyor 1 landed on the Moon. It was the first U.S. spacecraft to make a soft landing 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. The artifact pictured here is an engineering model, S-10, used for thermal control tests. It was reconfigured to represent a flight model of Surveyor 3 or later, since it was the first to have a scoop and claw surface sampler. See it on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1wXMQUI
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Crazy to think these are where we began, look at space exploration now...
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NOW! Live webcast with president and former CEO of JetBlue Airways David Barger who presents this year's Charles A. Lindbergh Memorial Lecture, “JetBlue: Bringing Humanity Back to Air Travel” - http://bit.ly/airandspacewebcasts
JetBlue co-founder and former president Dave Barger discusses what he thinks about JetBlue’s recent changes and what’s next for the airline industry.
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Today in 1942: The prototype Northrop P-61 Black Widow (XP-61) made its first flight with test pilot Vance Breese at the controls. The P-61 Black Widow was the first U.S. aircraft designed to locate and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in bad weather, which was made possible by the use of onboard radar. See our Black Widow, a P-61C-1-NO, on display at our Udvar-Hazy Center: http://bit.ly/1pte0xz
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My mother helped build these planes thanks for the post
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"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth"
- President John F. Kennedy before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961

The Apollo Program was designed to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth, but America's goals went beyond that: http://bit.ly/1kC2bEZ

Photo credit: NASA
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+William Fisher lol, and finding people that have cut through them. 
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Today, we remember those who gave their lives in military service to the United States. 

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Amen, brother
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Today in 1962: Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth three times in the Mercury "Aurora 7" capsule, becoming the fourth American in space and the second to go into orbit. Carpenter wore this suit during his mission, Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7), which lasted 4 hours and 56 minutes and included a number of scientific objectives. Learn more about the mission and the "Aurora 7" capsule: http://bit.ly/1AnCAdu
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jaw-dropping...
unfathomable leap of faith...
height of homo-sapiens aspiration...
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If you were exploring Arthur C. Clarke’s personal correspondence and notes, what might you hope to find? A letter from Stanley Kubrick, notes about “The Fountains of Paradise” and more on our blog: http://bit.ly/1d5OOfI
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The handwriting looks familiar
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Today in 1999: Space Shuttle Discovery launched on mission STS-96. Two days later, Discovery became the first space shuttle to dock with the International Space Station.

Learn about Discovery’s other notable accomplishments and see Discovery at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA: 
http://bit.ly/1h6W4pU

Image Credit: NASA

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How about you
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TONIGHT! Tune in at 8 pm EDT to our live webcast as founding president and former CEO of JetBlue Airways David Barger presents the Charles A. Lindbergh Memorial Lecture, “JetBlue: Bringing Humanity Back to Air Travel” - http://bit.ly/airandspacewebcasts
JetBlue co-founder and former president Dave Barger discusses what he thinks about JetBlue’s recent changes and what’s next for the airline industry.
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JetBlue: stop shoving more seats onto your planes and making it more unpleasant to fly. You used to lead the way, now you are following the lead of the other abusers.
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You may have heard of Glenn Curtiss, but did you know about his pioneering work in motorcycle design? In 1907, Curtiss set a motorcycle land speed record with this motorcycle - 218 kilometers per hour (136 miles per hour) - that stood until 1930. More on our blog in the latest installment of our obscure objects series: http://bit.ly/CurtissMotorcycle
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Passionate about flight? Less than 24 hours left to register for the Innovations in Flight Day Social at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA on June 20th! - http://bit.ly/InFlightSocial

What is the Innovations in Flight Day Social? On June 20th, 15 of you (plus one guest each) will preview Innovations in Flight Day before the event’s public hours and watch the airplanes arrive, hear from our experts and special guests, and take a tour of the Udvar-Hazy Center.

Registration closes TOMORROW, May 26th at 12 pm EDT.

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Me too...let's GO Asap..😄
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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.