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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Turns 15

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Exterior photo of Udvar-Hazy Center at dusk
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null Our Udvar-Hazy Center will celebrate 15 years of operation on December 15. Since opening, it has become a must-see destination and one of nation’s most popular museums, with nearly 20 million people having visited the center. We will celebrate this milestone with a celebration on December 15 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event will include musical null performances by the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble, talks by museum experts, and book signings. Museum staff will talk about some of the center’s most iconic aircraft and spacecraft, and activities and story times for children will take place throughout the building. Parking will be free all day, thanks to a generous gift from Steven and Carrie VanRoekel. Learn more. null
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Celebrating the Spirit of Apollo

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null Space Window at the National Cathedral in Washington DC null We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first flight to the Moon, with a special event at Washington National Cathedral on Tuesday, December 11, at 8:00 pm. The cathedral is the site of some of the country’s most important commemorations of the American space program. Speakers, including Apollo 8 astronaut James A. Lovell and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael B. Curry, will explore the spiritual meaning of exploration and the unity created by the mission’s Christmas Eve broadcast and iconic Earthrise photo. This program is made possible by the generous support of Boeing. Tickets for this program are sold out, but you can watch it online on our website or Facebook Live. Learn more. null
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DO YOU KNOW?

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Spoiler Alert: One of the Answers is in the Question

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null What instruments did Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford use to play Jingle Bells on Gemini VI? Answer null
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TOP STORY

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This Fall, a very special group toured our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia—veterans and Holocaust survivors on a trip to see the monuments, memorials, and museums built in their honor. These men and women, who served in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam, explored the museum under the guidance of docent Jack Bell, himself a WWII veteran. Read more about this powerful visit.

This month on the blog, we also learned how astronauts vote from space, took a closer look at WWI collections in our Archives, and tested our knowledge about geography captured from satellites.

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SUPPORT THE MUSEUM

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Your Year-End Gift Will Go Twice As Far

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null Between now and midnight, December 31, our Board will match your gift to the museum, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000. With this generous matching gift opportunity, your contribution will go twice as far to help us preserve and share treasured artifacts that chart the history of flight, through the air and into space. Support the National Air and Space Museum null
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THIS MONTH IN HISTORY

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A Trip ‘Round the Moon

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The view of earth rising over the moon's horizon
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null On December 21, 1968, Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell launched on Apollo 8, the first human mission to the Moon. An important step on the path to Apollo 11, Apollo 8 tested the flight trajectory and operations for getting to the Moon and back. Reaching lunar orbit on Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 is known for the crew’s Christmas Eve broadcast and the iconic Earthrise photo. We’re celebrating the Spirit of Apollo 8 with a special event featuring Jim Lovell in December 11. You can watch it live on our website or Facebook. null
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ON VIDEO

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Gene Kranz on the Apollo 11 Landing

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null null null Apollo program flight director and all-around aerospace legend Eugene Kranz was at the Museum last month to talk to members of the National Air and Space Society about the Apollo 11 landing. He even narrated the last fifteen minutes of Eagle’s descent to the lunar surface. Watch a recording of his talk. null
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null Want to be invited to events like this in the future? Join the National Air and Space Society.
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INSIGHT

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null Late last month, NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars -- the first spacecraft to land on Mars since the Curiosity rover six years ago and only the eighth spacecraft ever to do so. InSight’s mission is to drill into the Red Planet to discover what’s beneath the surface. null
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The first photo taken by NASA's Insight Lander on Mars
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POLL

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Our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center turns 15 this month. To celebrate, we discovered which five Udvar-Hazy Center artifacts are viewed most on our website. Which is your favorite?

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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At the Museum in DC

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null Satellite flying over Jupiter on it's way to Juno null Journey to Juno: A Look at the Historic Mission to Jupiter
Featuring: Scott Bolton, NASA scientist
Friday, December 7, 3:00 pm
This program will also be webcast live.
This program is made possible by the generous support of Boeing.
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null First Man Movie Poster null First Man Screening and Panel Discussion
Featuring: Author James Hansen and screenwriter Josh Singer
Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm
Tickets cost $15. Buy now.
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null Tinsel and wreths hang around aircrafts at the milstones of flight gallery null Holiday Family Day
Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
This program is made possible by the generous support of Northrop Grumman.
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null child enjoing a view of the stars and the natinal air and space museum's observatory null Stargaze at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory
Friday, December 14, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
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At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia

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null Front view of the space shuttle discovery at the udvar-hazy center null Udvar-Hazy Center 15th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, December 15, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Free admission and parking
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At Washington National Cathedral and Online

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null Exterior photo of the national cathedral in washington dc null The Spirit of Apollo
Featuring: Capt. Jim Lovell, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Museum director Ellen Stofan, and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine
Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00 pm
Tickets for this program are sold out. Watch the program via live webcast.
This program is made possible by the generous support of Boeing.
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PARTING SHOTS

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black and white photo of a pigeon with a camera around it's neck aircraft hanging above visitors in a gallery
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A Literal Birds-Eye View

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Eyes in the Sky

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null For the past 160 years, photographers have been on a mission to take photos from above, and they tested cameras on a multitude of gravity-defying objects. In 1907, a German apothecary named Julius Neubronner got a “birds-eye view” of German streets by turning to just that, birds. He attempted to patent his new pigeon camera, which included an aluminum harness and a lightweight time-delayed camera. So now we have this gem: A picture of a pigeon, poised to take a picture. More on early aerial photography. null Thanks to a little invention called the airplane, aerial photography quickly became more sophisticated than strapping cameras to pigeons. Aerial cameras on the de Havilland DH-4 could be hand-held or mounted inside or outside the cockpit. The de Havilland that was on display in our Looking at Earth gallery, pictured above, contains a Kodak L-4 camera positioned within the cockpit to take photographs through a small window in the floor. Learn more. null
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