Thursday, September 6, 2012
The gloves and visor Neil Armstrong wore during his walk on the moon are on display for a short time at the Smithsonian Institution.
The gloves and the visor Neil Armstrong wore during his first walk on the moon are on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, the Huffington Post reported. The museum began the two week exhibit on Tuesday, according to the Huffington Post. Smithsonian Magazine's blog has more information on the gloves: "The objects also reflect the cutting edge technologies first employed on the historic Apollo mission. The gloves, for example, include blue silicone fingertips and Chromel-R, a stainless steel, high chromium fabric, wrapping around the hands." Armstrong's public memorial service will be held on Sept. 13 at the Washington National Cathedral. Like this article? You …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Three employees of Parking Management, Inc. were arrested Saturday. An arrest does not mean a conviction.
Three parking attendants were arrested Saturday at the end of their shifts for allegedly stealing $400,000 collected from visitor parking fees over three years at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. The employees — two women — Freweyni Mebrahtu of Sterling and Genete Yigzu of Alexandria — and one man — Meseret Terefe of Silver Spring, Md., are employees of D.C.-based Parking Management Inc or PMI. They were charged with embezzling and stealing federal money. The three individuals allegedly began stealing money in April 2009 after PMI came into control of the lot. The Smithsonian parking lot holds 2,000 cars and each driver pays a $15 daily fee to park. According to an affidavit filed in…
Friday, April 27, 2012
The space shuttle that formerly made its home at the Smithsonian Air & Space's Udvar-Hazy Center left for New York today, a few days later than planned.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
Enterprise Makes Its Final Flight by Stevens Miller The glide-test shuttle Enterprise left Loudoun County from Dulles Interational Airport at 9:30 this morning for its new home on the deck of the USS Intrepid in New York. Enterprise was visible as it departed to the north from eastern Loudoun, with much less fanfare than surrounded the arrival of its cousin, Discovery, a few days ago. Discovery will replace Enterprise (originally named Constitution, but renamed to Enterprise by President Gerald Ford after fans of the original TV series Star Trek mounted a letter-writing campaign) on permanent display in the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. Unlike Discovery, Enterprise never flew in space. Instead, it was used in the 1970s for unpowered …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The space shuttle Discovery is transferred from NASA to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.
The space shuttle Discovery landed at Dulles Airport on Tuesday, April 17 to take the place of the space shuttle Enterprise at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The museum continued to celebrate the arrival of the Discovery with a transfer ceremony on Thursday that featured several honored guests including John Glenn and other Discovery crew members. On Monday, the Enterprise will be taken to New York on the same Boeing 747 that carried the Discovery on Tuesday. Have photos from the ceremony? Upload them!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The space shuttle Discovery will be presented nose-to-nose with the space shuttle Enterprise at the Udvar-Hazy Center on Thursday. This is the last chance to see the Enterprise before it leaves for New York.
THURSDAY - WELCOME DISCOVERY CELEBRATION • 8 a.m. – The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will open its parking lot and building two hours early, at 8 a.m. McDonald’s will be open as well. Parking is $15, admission to the museum is free. • 9 a.m. – The outside ceremony area will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • 11 a.m. – Discovery will arrive at the Udvar-Hazy Center for the transfer ceremony. Music will be performed by the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Discovery crew members will be in attendance. The space shuttles Discovery and Enterprise will be placed nose-to-nose. • 11:30 a.m. – The transfer ceremony will begin. The National Anthem will be sung by mezzo soprano Denyce Graves. Speakers include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Space Shuttle Discovery lands at Dulles after extended fly-over Washington, D.C., area.
The space shuttle Discovery landed at Dulles International Airport at 11:05 a.m. after an extended series of fly-overs around the Washington, D.C., area, providing hundreds of thousands of onlookers spectacular views as it approached. The landing was covered live by NASA TV, which is still broadcasting the shuttle as it is tended to on the tarmac. The specially-designed Boeing 747 transport aircraft with Discovery on its back flew over the Dulles area at about 9:30 a.m., then flew into Washington, D.C., to fly around the National Mall and U.S. Capitol, before returning to Dulles to land. Workers will spend two days preparing Discovery to go on display at its final retirement home at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center at…
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the space shuttle fly on a Boeing 747 before it finds a home at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
NASA's famous space shuttle from the 1980s, Discovery, will fly over the metro area on the back of a Boeing 747 on Tuesday, April 17. Local residents can catch a glimpse of the space shuttle orbiter as it travels from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Washington Dulles International Airport. Discovery will fly over the National Mall, Reagan National Airport, National Harbor, and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. DC-area flyovers will take place between 10 and 11 a.m. It will eventually find a permanent home at the Udvar-Hazy Center. In Virginia, a number will be available that passes along reports of the shuttle's whereabouts, 703-572-4100. In Maryland and Washington, D.C. the…