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Listen to all of the Museum’s best aviation and aerospace stories on the Flight Deck Podcast, a podcast that makes history personal. Episodes released every other Tuesday. Enjoy!

The Only B-29 Sunk by a PT Boat

December 3, 2019 / WWII, Storytelling, Pacific, B-29

Jim Marich, World War II veteran, will tell you he’s lucky to be alive.

In today’s episode, he shared the story of the time his B-29 ran out of fuel and went down in the middle nowhere of the Pacific Ocean.

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The Astronaut Image

November 21, 2019 / NASA, astronaut, Pete Conrad

Apollo 12 Astronaut Pete Conrad has a lot to live up to. NASA’s idea of the astronaut image meant that the astronauts needed to conform to specific ideas of the ideal American.

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How to Debunk A Conspiracy Theory

October 31, 2019 / Apollo 11, Conspiracies, Moon Landing, Flat Earth

Conspiracy theories are unavoidable when your Museum deals with topics in science, but this week’s guest, Tony Gondola, outreach coordinator for the New Mexico Museum of Space History, has some good advice on how to debunk these unsound ideas.

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Back to Earth: The Apollo 11 Astronauts Tour After the Moon Landing

August 31, 2019 / NASA, Moon, Apollo 11, Nixon

After the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon, they embarked on an equally fascinating journey: a global goodwill press tour in Air Force One. Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony explains the importance of the tour and how the astronauts’ lives changed post-Moon landing.

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Soyeon Yi Part IV: To Space and Back

August 6, 2019 / Soeyon Yi, First Korean Astronaut, ISS

First Korean astronaut SoYeon Yi shares her memories of going to space and the harrowing return to Earth after 11 days in the International Space Station.

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Failure is Not An Option: An Interview with Buzz Aldrin

July 20, 2019 / NASA, Apollo, Moon, Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin, the second human to set foot on the Moon, recalls the Apollo 11 mission and how one felt tip pen helped the astronauts successfully return to Earth.

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Failure is Not an Option: Jerrie Cobb and the First Women Astronaut Trainees, Part 2

July 10, 2019 / NASA, astronaut, Failure is not an Option, Jerrie Cobb

Jerrie Cobb and the women behind the Women in Space program unsuccessfully lobbied Congress in 1962 to include women in astronaut training, but they still led the way for women’s inclusion in the aerospace industry.

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Failure is Not An Option: The Story of Jerrie Cobb and the First Women Astronaut Trainees, Part 1

June 25, 2019 / WWII, NASA, WASP, Air Force, Jerrie Cobb

When the United States was lagging behind the Soviet Union in the race to space, the Soviet space agency announced plans to send women into space, which spurred American astronaut trainers to consider what might happen if they did the same.

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Failure is Not an Option: Interview with NASA Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger

June 11, 2019 / Podcast, Space, NASA, astronaut, Storytelling, Failure is not an Option, Space Shuttle

Our interview with NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, part of our series titled Failure is Not an Option, asks crowd sourced questions to reveal what life is like in space and how Dottie, as a woman astronaut, continues to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM.

As the first installment of our “Failure Is Not An Option” summer series—an ode to people who have pushed the boundaries of space exploration, our interview with Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger includes questions that our listeners shared with us on social media and revealing answers from Dottie about astronaut bands, sw

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Your Aerospace Summer Reading List

May 28, 2019 / History, Storytelling, Summer Reading, Library

Librarians for the King County Library System share their picks for the best aviation, space, and flight-related stories to read this summer. Check out their recommendations for your aerospace summer reading list!

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