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August 2017
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Our new new banner shows the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Future banners will feature other artifacts.

This Spacecraft Helped Answer Probing Questions
What was the the world's first robotic space probe to fly by a planet and send data back? A full-scale engineering prototype of this spacecraft is on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in the Museum in Washington, DC. Answer

Donor Spotlight
Southwest Airlines made a leadership gift to sponsor the Southwest Airlines Welcome Center at the National Mall building. Located in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, the Southwest Airlines Welcome Center is staffed by volunteers and docents who greet guests and provide an orientation to the Museum. Stop by the Southwest Airlines Welcome Center on your next visit to take a docent tour, find out what’s new, or plan your own tour. We’re grateful to Southwest Airlines for their generous support.

August 23, 1977: Don't Stop Pedaling Now!
Forty years ago in Shafter, California, the human-powered Gossamer Condor took flight at 7:30 am and landed 7 minutes, 27.5 seconds later. Pilot Bryan Allen pedaled the craft -- made of aluminum, mylar plastic, stainless steel, corrugated cardboard, and styrene foam -- for 1.35 miles, demonstrating that sustained, maneuverable, manpowered flight was possible, thus winning the $95,000 Kremer Prize. The Gossamer Condor was designed by Paul MacCready and Peter B. S. Lissaman. The aircraft is on display in the Museum in Washington, DC. Learn more

Your Eclipse: How Can You Be Ready for the Big Day?
How can you safely view the August 21 solar eclipse? What is a solar eclipse? Where can you see this upcoming phenomenon? All of those questions and more will be answered in this “What’s New in Aerospace?” webcast. (27 min.)

Air & Space Magazine
Alien dust can be a problem for human explorers.

IMAX Theaters
New! Military Discounts. American active duty personnel or veterans with a military ID can buy two tickets at the military discounted rate of $1.00 off regular prices from July 20 through September 4, 2017. (Does not apply to previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other offers, promotions, or discounts. Limit two tickets per military ID. All tickets subject to availability. Discounted tickets available in person only.) View films and showtimes at

Smithsonian Channel
Watch these short segments from Smithsonian Channel shows.

Smithsonian Store
Originally built for US military pilots, these exceptionally lightweight sunglasses feature premium 55mm gradient nylon lenses, which transition smoothly from top to bottom. UVA/UVB protected.
The word  Poll  written in white 3D letters on a colorful background concept and theme.

If you could be one of the experts who restored one of these objects, which would you choose?

1. Apollo 11 command module Columbia; 2. Enola Gay; 3. 1903 Wright Flyer; 4. Spirit of St. Louis

We received 535 responses, and 47% said they'd like to restore the command module Columbia, 25% chose the Enola Gay, 17% the 1903 Wright Flyer, and 11% the Spirit of St. Louis. The mystique of Apollo 11 wins!
This Month's Question:
Recently a photo emerged that purports to show Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, in a Japanese prison camp. This now-discredited image reminds us of all the theories about her disappearance. Which of these three well-known theories do you think accounts for the disappearance of Earhart on her 1937 around-the-world flight?
She ran out of fuel and her plane crashed into the Pacific.
She crash landed on an island and was captured by the Japanese.
She was stranded after making an emergency landing on Nikumaroro island.

Special Solar Eclipse Activities!
For the first time in 100 years, a solar eclipse will cross the entire United States on August 21, 2017.  Special Eclipse 2017 Webpage

Observe the Solar Eclipse in Person
Safely view the eclipse using our solar telescopes and viewers
At the Museum in Washington, DC and the Udvar-Hazy Center
Monday, August 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Solar Eclipse Special: Live From the Path of Totality
Monday, August 21, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Live View of the Eclipse from Washington, DC 
Monday, August 21, times to be announced

At the Museum in Washington, DC

Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22, all day. 
Special program featuring NASA astronaut Jon McBride at 11:30 am Friday and 11:00 am Saturday

Featuring the Air Force Strings
Friday, August 4, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm

At the Udvar-Hazy Center

Featuring the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble 
Sunday, August 27, 4:15 pm

At Both Locations

An 11-part film series

Ninth Film: The Millionaires’ Unit: U.S. Naval Aviators in the First World War (documentary)
Produced and directed by Darroch Greer and Ron King, narrated by Bruce Dern
Friday, August 11, 7:00 pm 

Recurring Activities at Both Locations

Don't forget these popular Recurring Activities .
Farman Sport
This is It -- There Aren't Any More
In 1919, the H. & M. Farman Aeroplane Company of France produced the Farman Sport two-place biplane as a safe-to-fly civilian aircraft. It was intended to replace the inefficient war surplus airplanes. In 1922, Philadelphians C. T. Ludington and Wallace Kellett formed a company to be the agents for the sale of Farmans in the U.S. Their pilot flew two Sports at various demonstrations and cross-country races in 1923/24. The Farman Sport in our collection was one of the two that they used. It was restored by Ken Hyde, an antique airplane restorer, and is the last remaining Farman Sport. It is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Learn more
Gemini IV
A Momentous Mission
Gemini IV was launched on June 3, 1965, with astronauts James McDivitt and Ed White aboard. The mission was significant because White performed the first spacewalk by an American, ten weeks after Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov had become the first human to walk in space. It was also the first multi-day mission for the U.S., lasting four days. Other experiments during this flight included Earth photography, space radiation measurements, and medical effects of prolonged weightlessness. The Gemini IV capsule is on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in the Museum in Washington, DC . Learn more


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