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What can you expect from tonight and tomorrow morning's total lunar eclipse? Find out on the blog:

Image Caption: Total lunar eclipse, photographed at the Public Observatory at the National Air and Space Museum on December 21, 2010. Photos by Smithsonian staff.
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Wonders of the universe, wow! Amazed and thankful GOD is KING
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Spring has arrived! Washington, DC isn't the only place to see Cherry Blossoms. These beautiful blooms are brightening up the Udvar–Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
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Shot by Smithsonian photographer Eric Long.
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Today in 1961: Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly into space. His historic single orbit around Earth took only 108 minutes from ignition to landing.
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Today in 1959: NASA introduced the Project Mercury astronauts to the world. Known as the Mercury Seven or Original Seven, they are (front row, left to right) Walter M. "Wally" Schirra Jr., Donald K. "Deke" Slayton, John H. Glenn Jr., M. Scott Carpenter, (back row) Alan B. Shepard Jr., Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom and L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.

Image credit: NASA
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I saw a beautiful movie about them, named "
The right stuff":

Really cool! If you can, watch it!
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New on the Blog: Antonie Strassmann – German Movie Star, American Entrepreneur, Cosmopolitan Pilot:

Image Caption and Credit: Antonie during her flight lessons in fall 1927, at the Berlin Staaken flight school outside Berlin. Credit: W. Paul Strassmann
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Are you a high school student who wants a job teaching science at the National Air and Space Museum? The Explainers Program is looking for new high school applicants! Interviews on May 4th, so get your application in by the end of April:
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Today in 1970: "Houston, we've had a problem." Two days into their journey to the Moon, the astronauts aboard Apollo 13 were asked to perform a routine stir of the oxygen tanks. Moments later, an explosion rocked the spacecraft. It was not until April 17, when this image was taken, that the astronauts could see the full extent of the damage to the service module.

Apollo 13 mission summary:

Image credit: NASA / Scan by Kipp Teague, Apollo Lunar Surface Journal
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Oh yeah.  I forgot about that.  Thanks for reminding me.
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Today in 1970: Apollo 13 launched carrying astronauts James Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert on the third planned mission to land humans on the Moon. An explosion in one of the oxygen tanks crippled the spacecraft during flight, forcing the crew to orbit the Moon and return to Earth without a lunar landing. NASA Chief of Flight Control Division Eugene F. "Gene" Kranz wore this vest during Apollo 13 as mission control, the flight crew, and contractors worked to bring the crew back to Earth safely. 

Hear Gene Kranz and astronauts Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly and Fred Haise share their stories from the mission: 
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I had the opportunity to meet Admiral Mattingly and hear him speak in 2010. Very interesting stories. He downplayed his role in the incident, emphasizing the teamwork of everyone involved. Very humble and down-to-earth (pardon the pun) gentleman.
He also joked that he wished they had acquired a more handsome actor to portray him in the film; and that he didn't remember ever owning a Corvette. 
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NOW! Tune in to our latest Exploring Space lecture - “Solar Science at Skylab’s Launch” - presented by Karl G. Hufbauer, professor emeritus, University of California, Irvine:
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Today in 1917: the U.S. entered World War I. At that time, the U.S. did not possess a combat-worthy aircraft. A commission studied Allied aircraft designs and the de Havilland DH-4 was chosen to be manufactured in America. This is the first de Havilland DH-4 built in the U.S. Although it did not fly in combat, it served as the test aircraft for what would become America's first bomber and the only American-built aircraft to serve with the U.S. Army Air Service during World War I.

This DH-4 is on display in the "Looking at Earth" gallery at the Museum in Washington, DC: 
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An important part of history.
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202-633-2214 (DC), 703-572-4118 (VA)
National Air and Space Museum Independence Ave at 6th St, SW Washington, DC 20560 and
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, VA 20151
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.