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See 3D scans of the ‪#‎Apollo11‬ command module Columbia, find out about a new Smithsonian TechQuest alternate reality game, and keep up with our events in the August issue of What’s Up: http://s.si.edu/29UaOZI
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40 Years Ago Today: Viking 1 landed on Mars and minutes later captured the first image taken from the surface of Mars: https://airandspace.si.edu/multimedia-gallery/4244hjpg ‪#‎Viking40‬

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One year ago today we asked you to help us #RebootTheSuit and put Neil Armstrong's #Apollo11 spacesuit back on display in time for the 50th anniversary of the historic mission. Thanks to your generous support, we're making progress! Come see Armstrong's Apollo 11 EVA helmet and gloves on temporary display for the next year at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

As we continue preparing the rest of the suit for display, we need your help! Do you have pictures of Armstrong's suit or the Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia" from after the mission ended and before they went on display at our Museum in Washington, DC? Be part of our conservation work by sending your photos to ArmstrongSuit@si.edu
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Apollo 11 was a technological and scientific triumph, but it was also a defining moment in our shared understanding of who we are as humans. We want to hear your ‪#‎Apollo11‬ story! What was it like to watch on tv? What significance does the mission hold for you if you weren’t alive in 1969? Share your story and discover others’: http://s.si.edu/shareapollo11
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Today in 1919: The Royal Air Force's R34 made its return trip back to the United Kingdom from the United States, marking the first roundtrip flight across the Atlantic. Video Caption: R34 Airship, 1919 Credit: British Pathe
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Today in 1957: Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first President of the United States to fly in a helicopter. He flew in the Bell H-13J pictured here, which you can see at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Learn more in our blog archive: http://bit.ly/1m2ipnx
Image Caption and Credit: Major Barrett departs the White House with President Eisenhower on July 12, 1957 for Camp David. Credit: White House Photo.
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On July 12, 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first president to employ a helicopter while in office. Though helicopters had been in operational use by the American military since 1944, concerns over their safety caused the Secret Service to bar their use for the nation’s chief executive except in case of emergency.
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5 Years Ago Today: Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility, completing the final flight of the space shuttle program.

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#Apollo11 Command Module "Columbia" carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin to lunar orbit and back, and now you can put yourself virtually in their seats. Today, Smithsonian 3D Digitization released the newly completed 3D model of "Columbia." Check out 6 must see spots: http://s.si.edu/3DColumbia
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47 Years Ago Today: Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the Moon during ‪#‎Apollo11‬, the first lunar landing mission. Neil Armstrong's historic first step was broadcast live on TV.

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Today in 1937: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were declared lost at sea after a massive sea and air search. This model of Earhart's Lockheed Electra in which they were flying when they disappeared is on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1qPV0d2

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Happy 95th Birthday, John Glenn!

Glenn, one of the “Mercury Seven” astronauts, became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth when he flew aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962. He returned to a hero’s welcome, including parades in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Washington, DC; and New York City. More about the impact of his mission: http://s.si.edu/2aaMEzs

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41 Years Ago Today: Astronauts Tom Stafford, Vance Brand, and Deke Slayton launch on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), the first cooperative mission in space between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Learn more about the ASTP Apollo Command Module #111 in our collection: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/command-and-service-modules-apollo-105-astp-mockup

See a recreation of the Apollo-Soyuz rendezvous at our Museum in DC: https://airandspace.si.edu/multimedia-gallery/2005-15152hjpg?id=1101

Image Credit: NASA/MSFC (MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C)
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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.