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Contract Proving Wright Brothers Were First To Fly Called Into Question
2013-04-02 08:17:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Wright Flyer, also known as Flyer I or 1903 Flyer, was the first successful powered aircraft to fly, achieving the feat on December 17, 1903. The plane was designed and built by the Wright brothers and it was flown four times near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. According to the US Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum, which houses the infamous plane, they describe the aircraft as ““¦the first...

DNA Used To Quickly Unravel Relationship Between Plants And Insects
2013-03-25 15:54:44

Smithsonian Studying the relationship between plants and the insects that feed on them is an arduous task, as it must be done through direct observation. It can take years for a researcher to fully understand the diets of a community of herbivorous insects in a tropical rain forest. Now, five Smithsonian scientists are paving a fast track using the DNA found inside the insects' stomachs, potentially turning years of research into months. This method will help scientists understand the...

Smithsonian Honors Team Behind Successful Mars Curiosity Landing
2013-03-14 09:15:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum announced that the team responsible for the successful landing of NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover will receive its 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement on April 24 in Washington DC. “The Current Achievement winner can be summarized in two words: sky crane,” said a museum press release describing the award. “This phrase embodied the audacious plan that the Entry, Descent,...


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