Sep
21

Duryea Automobile, 1893-94

This 1893-94 Duryea is one of the earliest American-made automobiles. On Sept. 21, 1893, in Springfield, Mass., Frank Duryea road-tested a second-hand carriage with a gasoline engine. In 1896, Duryea, his brother Charles and financial backers founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Co., the first American company to manufacture and sell automobiles. The Duryea automobile’s one-cylinder,… Continue reading Duryea Automobile, 1893-94

Sep
21

From Earth to the Solar System: Jupiter’s surface

THE GREAT RED SPOT: Here’s a close up of The Great Red Spot of Jupiter. It’s a vast anticyclone located in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, and is about three times the size of Earth. Visible even through small backyard telescopes, its color changes as different chemicals and gases are churned from the bottom layers up to… Continue reading From Earth to the Solar System: Jupiter’s surface

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Sep
18

Where Learning Happens: Highlights from the 2010 Annual Report

Direct from D.C. The Smithsonian Associates promotes learning in local classrooms by bringing experts and students face-to-face. The Lafayette, Louisiana, public school system is a case in point. In 2010, scholars and researchers from the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, among others, delivered hands-on lessons about Earth and space science to 700 local eighth-graders.

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