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Ten Smithsonian Artifacts You Can 3-D Print | At the Smithsonian

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Nov. 27, 2019, 10:02 a.m. The Smithsonian Institution’s 3-D digitization portal currently features 124 interactive artifact models. Of these offerings—among others, the list includes Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and the remnants of a supernova—just under 100 are available for download as 3-D print-ready files,...
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Moon rock: NASA opens untouched Apollo moon rock sample sealed for more than 40 years

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In December 1972, astronauts on the Apollo 17 lunar mission returned to Earth with samples of rock and soil from the moon. On Tuesday, NASA scientists opened a sample that had been sealed and untouched for more than 40 years.  The pristine sample of rock and regolith was opened on Tuesday...
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The Best Books About the Apollo Program and Landing on the Moon | Science

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Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond While the astronauts flew in space, Mission Control closely monitored from the ground. Coordinating with radio stations in California, Spain and Australia to provide 24-hour communications and telemetry data during the Apollo missions, “Houston”—as the astronauts...
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While NASA Was Landing on the Moon, Many African-Americans Sought Economic Justice Instead | History

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In anticipation of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon, an estimated 8,000 New Yorkers gathered in Central Park, eager to celebrate the moment. The New York Times ran a photograph of the crowd glued to the networks’ broadcasts on three giant screens and described the event as “a...
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From the Family Station Wagon to the Apollo Lunar Rover, My Dad’s Engineering Talent Had No Limits | Innovation

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The lunar rover may not have roamed the moon’s surface on the day Apollo 11 made history, but its design had already crystallized by the time Neil Armstrong planted his feet in the Sea of Tranquility. On July 20, 1969, our family gathered around the TV in our northern Virginia...

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