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To infinity and beyond! In 2008, Buzz Lightyear wasn't just a toy—the Space Ranger finally made it to space. This Buzz Lightyear action figure, on display at the Museum in DC, flew to the International Space Station as part of NASA's "Toys in Space"

Today in 1871, Orville Wright was born in Dayton, Ohio. In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a presidential proclamation designating the day as #nationalaviationday . What better way to celebrate aviation than with the original airplane? Orville

To the best of our knowledge, our Martin B-26B Marauder Flak-Bait is the only World War II bomber of its kind to retain the original insulating fabric panels lining the interior of the forward fuselage. Flak-Bait is remarkable for not just for surviv

Could you imagine stepping out of a gondola at over 100,000 feet? That's what U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Kittinger did on this day in 1960. He took his “long, lonely leap” from his Excelsior III balloon-supported gondola at an altitude of 31,333 met

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The hatch on the Apollo 11 command module Columbia is super complex and basically irresistible if you’re into solving mechanical puzzles – so much so that master builders Adam Savage and Jen Schachter wanted to recreate it with the help of a few doze

Wiley Post flew his Lockheed Vega "Winnie Mae" around the world in 1931 and 1933. Once it joined our collection, it traveled around the Smithsonian as well! Winnie Mae has been displayed in the Arts and Industries building, at our Udvar-Hazy Center i

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On this day in 1943, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was established. The WASP were female pilots who, propelled by a sense of passion and duty, were willing to make the same sacrifices as their male counterparts. Though not trained for comb

Tiger shark? The American Volunteer Group (AVG) may have been called the Flying Tigers, but they flew shark-mouthed P-40s like this one. The P-40's distinctive radiator air intake was the perfect canvas to create a flying shark. The Flying Tigers app

In 1985, the “Cola War” hit space. STS-51-F carried carbonated beverages into space for the first time. Coke and Pepsi had to develop a can that would work in weightlessness to keep the cola fizzy without spewing out of the can. In the end, neither c

The Grumman EA-6B Prowler is officially on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center! This morning United States Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder and members of the Prowler community were on hand to officially induct the Prow

The Apollo 11 crew was isolated from contact with other people to prevent the unlikely spread of "Moon germs." They spent the first 88 hours of their quarantine in the Mobile Quarantine Facility, a converted Airstream trailer a little over 300 square

Today in 1969, all three Apollo 11 astronauts were together in command module Columbia on their journey back to Earth. The astronauts spent nearly the entire eight-day mission in the command module, except for the day Armstrong and Aldrin spent in t

On this day 50 years ago, lunar module Eagle lifted off from the Moon, leaving the descent stage behind on the lunar surface. When Eagle rendezvoused with command module Columbia in lunar orbit, command module pilot Michael Collins precisely docked C

50 years ago tonight, Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon: "That's one small step for man... One giant leap for mankind." #apollo50 At the exact anniversary moment, we projected a lunar bootprint on the Washington Monument as part of our #goforthemoo

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50 years ago today, #apollo11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin piloted lunar module Eagle to the surface of the Moon on the first crewed lunar landing. The landing wasn't without drama, however. During landing, the computer was overloaded, w

T-7 hours to launch. After three nights on the launch pad, the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket on the Washington Monument lifts off tonight during our 17-minute "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" projection show. 9:30pm, 10:30 pm, and 11:30 pm on Friday, July 19

Millions of Americans tuned in to watch Walter Cronkite's coverage of #apollo11 on CBS. As the Saturn V rocket lfited off from Cape Canaveral, the usually composed Cronkite exclaimed, "Go, baby, go!" He stayed on air for 27 of the next 32 hours, deta

In honor of #apollo50 , we got the gang back together, photographing all three #apollo11 spacesuits side-by-side for the first time since the mission. With Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit recently in the Conservation Lab getting ready to go back on display

We are GO for the Moon. On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin launched on a journey to the Moon atop a Saturn V rocket. 50 years later, we celebrate #apollo11 by projecting the mighty Moon rocket on the Washington Monu

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