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100 Years Ago Today: Robert H. Goddard wrote to the Smithsonian Institution describing his rocket experiments and requesting funds so he could continue with his work. Smithsonian Secretary Charles Doolittle Walcott wrote to Goddard informing him that he received a $5,000 grant from the Hodgkins Fund for atmospheric research. This began a long relationship between Goddard and the Smithsonian, in which the Institution continued to support and encourage Goddard's pioneering research for many years.

Goddard's letter and transcript are available via Smithsonian Institution Archives:
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Today in 1783: The Montgolfier brothers' balloon launched carrying first living creatures to fly in a balloon: a duck, a rooster, and a sheep. This engraving depicts the launch at the Palace of Versailles in France, where the royal family was present for the ascent. All three of the animals survived and helped to demonstrate that balloon flight was safe for humans.
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Certainly a great history making event.
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#AskACurator Day on Twitter is tomorrow, September 14! Get to know some of our experts who will be ready to answer your questions and find out their most unbelievable museum stories:
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Today in 1975: Viking 2 was launched to Mars. Pictured here is the the proof test article of the Viking Mars Lander. While Viking 1 and 2 were on Mars, this third vehicle was used on Earth to simulate their behavior and to test their responses to radio commands. See this proof test article Viking Lander on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: 
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This was a monumental point in space exploration at the time, when the focus went from man on the moon to satellites probes.

It also shows these vulnerable craft and their designs need to be preserved, because NASA couldn't even find the original computing manuals for the Viking landers, and the last programmer from that era died.

Coders: don't just dump your revisions! Blizzard Entertainment is learning the very expensive lesson in doing so even now!
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The 1924 race for the Central Labor Union Trophy was a free-for-all race, open to two-, three-, and four-seated aircraft. Learn more: #LaborDay
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Today in 1922: Lt. James H. Doolittle made the first transcontinental flight in a single day when he flew from Florida to California. An aeronautical engineer, Doolittle was America’s greatest air racing pilot of the 1920s and ’30s.

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Jimmy Doolittle was one of the great aviation pioneers of the 1920s and 1930s.
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+Jim Doolittle​ related? 
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Today in 1998: GOES-8 captured this infrared image of Hurricanes Georges, Karl, Ivan, and Jeanne. Learn more about how meteorological satellites help us learn about Earth: 
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Today in 1904: Wilbur Wright was the first person to fly a controlled heavier-than-air plane in a complete circle. This flight at Huffman Prairie, outside of Dayton, Ohio lasted 1 minute, 36 seconds and covered 4,080 feet:

Image Caption: Pictured here is the 1904 Wright Flyer at Huffman Prairie.
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Today in 1910: Bessica Raiche made first accredited solo flight by a woman in the U.S. She and her husband, Francois, had built their first plane, a Wright type, in their living room. It was in this frail craft of bamboo and silk that she made her solo flight. More about Raiche:
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On this day in 2001, terrorists hijacked four airliners, crashing two into the World Trade Center towers and one into the Pentagon. At 9:45 am ET, FAA Command Center closed U.S. airspace for the first time in history. This video - - shows the rapid grounding of air traffic across the U.S., and redirection of incoming international traffic. Within a few hours, all commercial air traffic was grounded. Passengers overtook hijackers on the fourth airliner, United Flight 93, before the plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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60 Years Ago Today: Captain Iven C. Kincheloe set a piloted flight altitude record of 126,000 ft in a Bell-X-2 and was the recipient of the Mackay Trophy:
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40 Years Ago Today: Viking 2 lander set down on Mars and took its first photograph of the Martian surface minutes after touchdown. Viking 2 landed in Utopia Planitia in the northern latitudes about 7,500 kilometers (4,600 miles) northeast of Chryse Planitia, where the Viking 1 lander set down 45 days earlier.

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL
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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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