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2014-04-24 04:00:41

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope now are on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. "Repairing Hubble" recognizes the 24th anniversary of Hubble's launch into space aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The exhibit features Hubble's Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) instrument and the Wide...

2014-04-18 12:20:59

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to attend a breakfast reception at 8:30 a.m. EDT April 23 to celebrate the 24th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope's launch into space with the opening of the "Repairing Hubble" exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, located at 600 Independence Ave. SW in Washington. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The exhibit features two Hubble instruments that played a crucial...

2014-04-01 23:30:36

The youngest group of children to build an intelligent robot from idea to prototype in eight months will present ARVI (Autonomous Robot for the Visually Impaired) during National Robotics Week in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., April 4 and April 5, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ARVI was created by The Robotics Inventors Club™ or The RIC, with sponsorship from ENSCO, Inc., an engineering, science and advanced technology solutions company headquartered in...

2014-04-01 23:27:36

Conference Will Encourage Students to Become Environmental Stewards (PRWEB) April 01, 2014 The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is hosting a free online education conference for teachers and students on April 9. An expert from the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum will discuss the “Citizen Science: A Watershed Study” program, in which Washington, D.C. high school students explore the Anacostia Watershed. As a project-based educational immersion experience,...

2014-03-26 12:24:25

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will kick off the 13th annual Jazz Appreciation Month March 26 at 11 a.m., with donations from Ravi Coltrane, son of international music legends, John and Alice Coltrane, and from notable jazz photographer, Chuck Stewart. Coltrane will then discuss his father's career and the famed studio album, A Love Supreme, widely considered one of the greatest jazz albums of all time and...

2014-03-14 08:26:12

Jazz Appreciation Month Launches with Ravi Coltrane and Chuck Stewart WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will kick off the 13th annual Jazz Appreciation Month March 26 with jazz photographer Chuck Stewart who will donate rare and never-before-seem images of jazz legend John Coltrane. Coltrane's son, Ravi Coltrane, will discuss his father's career and the famed studio album, widely considered one of the greatest jazz...

2014-03-03 12:24:15

Opening May 3, "An American in London: Whistler and the Thames" is First Major Exhibition of Whistler's Influential Early London Period WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "An American in London: Whistler and the Thames," opening May 3 at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, is the first major exhibition ever devoted to American artist James McNeill Whistler's early period in London, and it is the largest U.S. display of his work in almost 20 years. The...

2014-02-28 12:26:57

First Collaboration by the Smithsonian on a Video Game SEATTLE, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Fish, the world's largest producer of casual games, collaborated with the Smithsonian on a history-based adventure game called Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond based on the Smithsonian Institution National Musuem of Natural History's Hope Diamond. First launched on the PC and Mac, the Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond is now available for iOS devices. In this first...

2014-02-27 23:35:46

Conference Will Explore the Forces of Lift and Thrust (PRWEB) February 27, 2014 The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is hosting a free online education conference for teachers and students March 12, where experts from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will explain the two forces that enable things to fly: lift and thrust. John Anderson Jr. and Michael Hulslander from the National Air and Space Museum will present “How Things Fly” Wednesday, March 12,...

2014-02-13 12:24:41

A 12-FOOT GOOGLE GLASS ACTIVATED AMERICAN FLAG ON VIEW PRESIDENTS' DAY WEEKEND, FEB. 15 - 17, 2014 WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Portrait of America, the seminal work of David Datuna's "Viewpoint of Billions" series, is a groundbreaking 12-foot multi-media flag and the first public installation and artwork in the world to utilize Google Glass. The vision of an artist whose story is akin to the American dream, Portrait of America chronicles the journey of a diverse and...


Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.