Latest National Air and Space Museum Stories

2011-05-24 11:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- You don't have to be a rocket scientist or an astronaut to work for NASA. Engineers, pilots, physicists, astrobiologists, and yes, artists, too, have helped further the mission of the space agency. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In 1962, NASA administrator James E. Webb invited a group of artists to illustrate and interpret the agency's missions and projects. Artists participating in the NASA art program,...

2011-04-12 12:42:00

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After 30 years of spaceflight, more than 130 missions, and numerous science and technology firsts, NASA's space shuttle fleet will retire and be on display at institutions across the country to inspire the next generation of explorers and engineers. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday announced the facilities where four shuttle orbiters will be displayed...

2010-10-01 06:30:00

NASA and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority unveiled a photography exhibition at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., where ticketed airline travelers can view space science discoveries and relish the beauty and majesty of our solar system. "NASA presents BEYOND: Visions of Our Solar System," will be shown at Dulles' Gateway Gallery -- a pedestrian passageway located between the new AeroTrain C-gates station and Concourse C. Approximately 10,000 to 13,000 passengers...

2010-09-29 09:12:00

BOSTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Gilbane Building Co., one of the nation's largest privately held construction companies, announced today that it will direct its growing business in the New England region from Boston, Mass. The New England region, with district offices in Providence, RI, Glastonbury, CT, and Bedford, NH, will be overseen by Ryan E. Hutchins. Hutchins is being named senior vice president and regional manager for Gilbane's New England region. The shift of operations to...

2010-08-04 05:00:00

NEWTON, Mass., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced its list of the top ten aviation attractions in the U.S., according to traveler ratings and TripAdvisor Flights experts. America has a rich history as the birthplace of aviation, giving air travel lovers and flying fanatics myriad opportunities to learn more about planes, gliders, shuttles, and everything in between. To view the multimedia assets associated with this...

2009-11-18 08:15:00

Two key instruments from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have a new home in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington after being returned to Earth aboard space shuttle Atlantis last May. Astronauts brought back the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, or WFPC-2, and the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement, or COSTAR, after more than 15 years in space. The camera returned the iconic images that now adorn posters, album covers, the Internet, classrooms and...

2009-06-19 16:55:00

WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UPDATE ADVISORY: Due to the Triathlon Sunday, June 21, Shuttle Anacostia will not make its regular stop at the Smithsonian Castle at 1000 Jefferson Drive. For this day only, the stop will be relocated to Independence Avenue in front of the gate just before the entrance leading to the National Museum of African Art. The National Air and Space Museum stop will also be relocated to Independence Avenue across the street from the entrance to the Air...

2009-05-15 23:12:57

Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria and Ricky Gervais attended the Washington premiere of their movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The event celebrating the film's upcoming release was held Thursday night at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum where much of the family adventure flick takes place. Smithsonian co-stars Owen Wilson and Amy Adams, and the movie's director Shawn Levy also turned out for the gala. Levy and the cast participated in a press...

2008-09-29 16:05:00

The U.S. space agency's Stardust space capsule is to go on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The capsule will join the collection of flight icons in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The capsule will go on display Oct. 1 -- the 50th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- in the museum's Milestones of Flight Gallery. "Stardust, comprising a spacecraft and capsule, completed a seven-year, 3...

2008-07-28 18:00:28

Building upon the success of more than 150 million global views of the critically acclaimed IMAX(R) production "Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag," Executive Producer and distributor K2 Communications announced today the anticipated release date for the newest and most technically advanced aviation film ever produced for IMAX(R) theaters. According to K2 Communications, Chief Executive Officer Bob Kresser the premiere of "Legends of the Sky" has been slated for March 2009 at the Smithsonian's...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'