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NASA Flight Director Gene Krantz loved wearing three-piece suits, and his wife made him a white vest for every mission from Gemini IV onward. Discover the story of how his Apollo 13 vest became part of our collection: http://s.si.edu/1JvdnPd
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I was there in May and knew what the vest was before I got to the plaque. Great piece of history.
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50 Years Ago Today: Gemini V splashed down in the Atlantic after an eight-day day mission. This is the helmet worn by Gemini V astronaut Gordon Cooper.

Explore more Gemini V objects in our collection: http://bit.ly/1n3v62U
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Are you a high school or college student in the northern Virginia area with a passion for aerospace, science or education? Apply to join the Explainers Program at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA! We accept applications on a rolling basis, so get yours in soon: http://bit.ly/Explainers_Program
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It's not work when you love your job!
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For nearly 10 years, SpaceShipOne hung from the ceiling of our Museum in Washington, DC as if just released from its White Knight mother ship. Transforming our Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall gives us the chance to display it in a different way – with the “feather system” deployed as if at the initial stage of reentry. Get the inside scoop on how we're preparing it for this new display and find out what SpaceShipOne has in common with a paintball gun: http://s.si.edu/1i0j7Yc

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Oh, just to be able to touch that beautiful X-1..... And well, the others as well, actually. Touching history. One of my biggest wishes.
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If you’re visiting us in DC, you might notice something different about SpaceShipOne! Its wings are in the "feathered" position used during flight to steady SpaceShipOne’s transition back into the atmosphere. Check out what else is on view in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall as we transform this exhibition: http://bit.ly/MilestonesObjectsOnView

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Today in 2006: Pluto was reclassified as a "dwarf planet" when the International Astronomical Union passed a resolution redefining criteria for planetary status: http://s.si.edu/1PMwMgx 

The New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto earlier this summer. Its instruments captured the four images and data used to make this global view.

If you’re planning a visit to our Museum in Washington, DC, don’t miss the blink comparator in our “Exploring the Planets” gallery that Clyde Tombaugh used to discover Pluto over 80 years ago: http://s.si.edu/1KHw5Rq

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute 
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It will always be a regular planet to me.
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Today in 1977: Pilot Bryan Allen pedaled the MacCready "Gossamer Condor" on the first sustained, maneuverable human-powered flight, winning the Kremer Prize. See the “Gossamer Condor” on display at our Museum in Washington, DC.
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yes, I really want to....will take pics and post after I do..probably won't be till after the winter is over though
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Today in 1984: Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its first mission, flight 41-D. See Discovery on display at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA: http://s.si.edu/1icmg7d

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+DPS670950 the first part is true.
The second one is wrong in multiple ways. Buran and Energia have been proven to work, but in the end both lacked funding and efficiency. But much more, it was GWB, who ended the space shuttle program on 2004-1-14 by stating that the last flight of sts will be by the end of the decade. So please get your history right.
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SpaceShipOne soars once again at our Museum in Washington, DC! Check it out in its new “feathered” display configuration as part of the ongoing transformation of our Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

Discover what else is on view: http://bit.ly/MilestonesObjectsOnView

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I saw it when I was there
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It's #NationalDogDay ! Let's appreciate Titina, the first dog to fly over the North Pole.
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Today in 1932: Amelia Earhart completed the first solo, nonstop flight by a woman across the United States, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, establishing a women's record of 19 hours and 5 minutes and setting a women's distance record of 2,447 miles. This was the second aviation record she set in her red Lockheed Vega 5B: http://bit.ly/1vCMbWF

Can you name the first?
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+Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 34 years later another first woman, who had flown solo around the world. 
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Today in 1909: Louis Paulhan in his Voisin 1909 Type Biplane (race no. 20) turned a pylon at Grande Semaine d'Aviation de la Champagne near Reims, France.

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I haven't heard about the Aviator before  , thanks for shearing...
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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.