Mar
30

Wattled crane chick

On the heels of spring’s arrival, a wattled crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) chick hatched at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo March 20, the third of its kind in the park’s history.  Zoo veterinarians examined the chick and took a blood sample when it was 4 days old, which they will use to determine its sex. Visitors can… Continue reading Wattled crane chick

Mar
29

“El Orgullo y la Determinacion”: Pride and determination at the Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery unveiled a portrait of pitching great Pedro Martinez in a moving ceremony Friday. Martinez is the youngest of more than 50 baseball legends depicted in the Gallery’s collection. Continue reading “El Orgullo y la Determinacion”: Pride and determination at the Portrait Gallery

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Mar
29

Amelia Earhart Solo Trans-Atlantic Mail, 1932

On May 20-21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to solo pilot an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean, flying between Newfoundland and Ireland. The feat ensured her not only worldwide acclaim but a place in the annals of aviation history. Her husband helped her raise funds for many of her record-breaking flights by arranging… Continue reading Amelia Earhart Solo Trans-Atlantic Mail, 1932

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Mar
22

Eleanor Roosevelt at Tuskegee, 1941

The historic flight of the Wright brothers in 1903 sparked a universal enthusiasm for flying. But as in most areas of life, formidable obstacles and discrimination faced African Americans who had dreams of flying. In March 1941, the 99th Pursuit (later Fighter) Squadron—an all-African American unit—was activated by the U.S. Army Air Corps. This marked… Continue reading Eleanor Roosevelt at Tuskegee, 1941

Mar
22

Tweetup

The group of “tweeps” who participated in the NASA Goddard Sun Earth Day Tweetup on Sat. March 19 pose in front of the Smithsonian National Air and Space building on the National Mall. The Museum partnered with NASA Goddard to host the morning portion of the “tweetup”—an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. Photo… Continue reading Tweetup

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