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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. We hope you enjoy it!!

The Politics Of The Moon Landings Part II

June 1, 2021 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, Space, NASA, Apollo, Storytelling, SpaceTravel, Apollo 11, Exhibits, aerospace

Teasel Muir-Harmony, Curator of the Apollo program at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, once again joins host Sean Mobley in this conclusion to the two-episode series on the political history of the Apollo program. In this episode, she talks about the classic 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and its place in Apollo political history, how domestic and international perceptions of the Apollo program varied quite significantly, and what role museums have in helping people deconstruct their understandings of history when new research challenges long-held ideas previously accepted as fact. We highly recommend listening to the previous episode before this one. 

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The Politics Of The Moon Landings Part I

May 18, 2021 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, Space, NASA, Apollo, Storytelling, SpaceTravel, Apollo 11, Exhibits, aerospace

Returning guest Teasel Muir-Harmony, Curator of the Apollo program at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, joins host Sean Mobley for a Q&A about her book Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo. In this first of a two-part series, Teasel sets the stage and talks about the wider global context within which the US space program operated. We discussed the American politicians who encouraged and shaped panic around Sputnik and the space race, the importance of symbolism in a lot of the images and actions the astronauts took both on the moon and here on Earth, and how racism was a national security risk which the space program was partially designed to counter. 

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Phil Stamper and The Gravity of Us

December 22, 2020 / Podcast, Space, NASA, Storytelling, aerospace, LGBTQ+

In this final episode of 2020, we welcome author Phil Stamper onto the show for a discussion of adapting space history into fiction for a modern young adult audience, the literary inspirations for his book The Gravity of Us, and the realities LGBTQ+ astronauts faced throughout NASA history from Sally Ride all the way back to the days of Project Mercury. 

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Another Space Toilet Episode

October 6, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, Space, NASA, Storytelling, Space Shuttle, Exhibits, aerospace

It’s common to hear a visitor to The Museum of Flight wonder how astronauts go to the bathroom in space. Today is the continuation of a conversation with Museum of Flight staff member Brenda Mandt, who spearheads the tours of the Museum’s NASA Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer, where she talks about modern space toilets on the Space Shuttle and on the ISS. She also talks about what did and didn’t about toilet and personal care needs when women joined the US space program. As with the previous episode (which you can listen to here), this is a frank and honest conversation about toilets and what goes in them, so listen to learn more but maybe not while you’re snacking. 

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The Space Toilet Episode

September 15, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, Space, NASA, Storytelling, Space Shuttle, Exhibits, aerospace

“How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space?” This is a question we hear often at the Museum, asked by people young and old from all around the world. Host Sean Mobley enlisted Museum of Flight expert Brenda Mandt, one of the masterminds behind the Museum’s NASA Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer Tours, to investigate how humans carry out this universal body function in space. In this first of two episodes, Brenda shares about the early tests and solutions developed for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. They were messy and uncomfortable!

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Smallest

April 7, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, Space, Apollo, Storytelling, elephant, aerospace

Host Sean Mobley brings us part one of an all-new mini-series featuring The Museum of Flight’s most extreme artifacts. In this series you will uncover the smallest, largest, oldest and youngest objects in our collection. Join us for a journey of wonderment and surprise as we discuss some of our most unique artifacts!

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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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The Man Behind the Hubble

June 26, 2018 / Space, Hubble, Astronomy

Back in 1977, when Bob Alexander was just a young engineer, he was chosen to work on a challenging new project: the Hubble space telescope.

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Surviving the Final Frontier

May 29, 2018 / Space, NASA, astronaut, SpaceTravel

Did you know that for every month you spend in space, you lose about 2% BMI? Neither did we until we talked to Tommy Gantz, one of our volunteers and resident space experts.

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When We Chose to Go to the Moon

April 3, 2018 / Space, NASA, John F. Kennedy, Apollo, Moon

How did a bunch of Houston high school students help President Kennedy drive the United States towards putting a man on the Moon?

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