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Why Does Amelia Earhart Still Resonate in the 21st Century?

Dorothy Cochrane | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science
Dorothy Cochrane

With each new theory or book or expedition, her name remains in the public arena. But is that the only reason Earhart is remembered? Why do people continue to search and more importantly, to care?

6 Out-of-This-World Attractions for Space Cadets

MiniTime | Posted 02.25.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Are your kids fascinated by the miracle of flight? Whether they dream of piloting jets or rocketing into a galaxy far, far away, a circle tour of our dispersed fleet of retired space craft is a great place to foster their interest.

U.S. Air Force Band Surprises Museum Goers With A Holiday Music Flash Mob

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.10.2013 | Arts

Visitors at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC might have been expecting to see airplanes or space shuttles, but were su...

Wheelchair User Sues Smithsonian

ARTINFO | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

The Smithsonian is facing legal action from two brothers who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the institution in federal court last Thursday, th...

LOOK: Honey Boo Boo Visits The White House

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 07.11.2013 | DC

If President Obama looked out the window today, he might have redneckognized a few of the tourists standing on Pennsylvania Avenue. Alana Tho...

PHOTOS: This Is What Nuclear Explosions Look Like

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.21.2013 | DC

On May 21, 1956, the United States exploded its first airborne hydrogen bomb above the Bikini Atoll, a chain of Pacific islands north of the equator. ...

The Most-Visited Attraction In D.C. Is...

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.09.2013 | DC

Big fan of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site? You're practically the only one. Statistics released Tuesday by the D.C...

Walking on the Moon

Matthew Hersch | Posted 02.11.2013 | Science
Matthew Hersch

The universities and laboratories have until the end of 2015 to land their rovers, and it's only a matter of time before one succeeds. What will the rovers will do when they get to the Moon, though, is still up in the air.

Neil Armstrong's Space Suit Gloves On Display

AP | Posted 09.05.2012 | DC

CHANTILLY, Va. -- Neil Armstrong's space suit gloves and visor worn during his historic first walk on the moon are going on temporary display at the S...

My Maine Inspiration: Following in the Footsteps of American Artistic Tradition

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.17.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Every summer I pack up and go to paint following the tradition of so many of America's painters from Winslow Homer to Alex Katz.

Visit The Air And Space Museum: HuffPost DC Top 5 For August 6

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 08.06.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 6 1. Visit The Air And Space Museum Because science won. Hooray science! Open until 7:30 p.m., all ages, donations welcom...

Standing in the Rainbow (And 9 Other Reasons the Smithsonian Makes Me Smile)

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 08.26.2012 | DC
Zoe P. Strassfield

This week's been a bit hectic for me, but that made having today off for museum-going all the sweeter. I came up with the idea of making a list of 10 things at the Smithsonian Institution's various museums and other facilities that make me smile.

One Moment in Time

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 08.11.2012 | DC
Zoe P. Strassfield

The whole world was dark, everything visible to my eyes coated in the same uniform darkness except for the small, oddly-shaped patches of dim orange directly at the center of my vision. I felt a cramp in my neck as I mentally beseeched them to brighten, to expand.

Jon Langford At Iota: HuffPost DC Top 5 For May 31

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.31.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR THURSDAY, MAY 31 1. Jon Langford at Iota The Mekon, Waco Brother and more, Langford has been fine tuning his style of punk folk with a S...

Basic Scientific Research and Its Transformational Potential

James M. Gentile | Posted 06.30.2012 | Science
James M. Gentile

As our nation's leadership in scientific and technological innovation is challenged as never before, federal funding of basic scientific research remains essential, but that research should be potentially transformational.

LOOK: Space Shuttle To Fly Low Over Nation's Capital

Posted 04.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, be sure to look up for a rare and wonderful air show. The Space Shuttle Discovery is expected to fly over landmarks in th...

LOOK: Shuttle's Crazy Cockpit On Display As Retired Spacecrafts Head To New Homes

Posted 04.09.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/03/2012 11:35 AM EDT on SPACE.com A retired NASA space shuttle and an early prototype for the winged spacecraft will...

2 Space Shuttle Cameras Coming To National Air And Space Museum

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.04.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — IMAX Corp. is donating its first cameras used to film aboard the space shuttle to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum i...

PHOTOS: Smithsonian Plans Festival To Welcome Discovery

AP | Posted 02.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Institution plans a four-day festival with NASA to welcome space shuttle Discovery into its collection in April. The Na...

Former Smithsonian Chief Michael Heyman Dies At 81

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.21.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — I. Michael Heyman's opening days in 1994 as the first nonscientist to lead the Smithsonian Institution were spent confronting contr...

Counting My Blessings

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 09.19.2011 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

I think there's a very good chance that John Glenn was the first astronaut whose name I ever learned. So getting to hear him speak was an exceedingly memorable moment.

Space History in DC -- 11 Hours in the Air and Space Museum

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 09.12.2011 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

The actual lunar spacesuits with traces of moondust still on them give me the chills. And how they're presented in such a dark, quiet case -- you really do feel like you're looking through to watch astronauts walking on the moon.

Smithsonian Regents Defend Secretary Clough

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Pablo Eisenberg

The David Wojnarowicz censorship scandal has once again raised the question of board accountability at the Smithsonian. It is time that it shed its old skin and adopt a governance system that suits the actual mission of the institution.

The Artist in the Community

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Artists often spend hours creating by themselves, and yet the connection with others is important in their work. Yes, artists may work alone, but they can never be far from their community.

Yesterday's Launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Brings Back Memories of Apollo 11

Jeff Goldstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeff Goldstein

July 20th is coming. It will be the 40th anniversary of the first human footprints on another world, and I lived it.