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National Air and Space Museum  Photos from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC & Chantilly, VA. 📸 ✈️ 🚀 Legal:

Apollo 8 was a bright spot at the end of a turbulent 1968. TIME magazine recognized the public enthusiasm for humanity's first trip around the Moon, and named Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell its "Men of the Year." 📸: This artwork from the magazine cover is on display in @smithsoniannpg's "One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey" exhibition.

Merry Christmas from the National Air and Space Museum!

“But seeing the Earth at 240,000 miles, my world suddenly expanded to infinity” - astronaut Jim Lovell. The iconic #Earthrise photo was taken on this day in 1968 by astronaut Bill Anders during the #Apollo8 mission. #Apollo50

Did you know that the iconic Earthrise image wasn't the first version of the picture the Apollo 8 astronauts took? Bill Anders first took this photo with black and white film and the astronauts then scrambled for some color film to capture the photo we know today. #Apollo8 #Apollo50

"Apollo 8. You are Go for TLI." When Apollo 8 left Earth's orbit toward the Moon 50 years ago, it made history. Scientists at the @Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory captured that moment, called the trans-lunar injection rocket burn, in a series of photos–perhaps the only images like it in existence. #Apollo50 #Apollo8 #IdeasThatDefy

50 years ago today Apollo 8 launched, sending the first humans to lunar orbit. The astronauts, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, were the first to launch using the powerful Saturn V rocket, reaching a velocity never before achieved by humans and crossing the void to the Moon. (We love the Moon you can see faintly on the right side of a picture -- the mission's launch and ultimate destination, all in one photo.) #Apollo8 #Apollo50 #IdeasThatDefy

How do you move a spacesuit? Very, very carefully! 👨‍🚀 As the Museum kicks off its massive project to reimagine Air and Space, many of the objects in our collection will be moved from their current location on the National Mall to undergo conservation treatment. The first objects on that list were also some of the most iconic in our collection: Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 and Gene Cernan’s Apollo 17 spacesuits.
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This is not your average Instagram-ready sunrise photo. This image is of a sunrise peeking out from behind the edge of the Earth, taken by astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell during the Gemini VII mission. Their 14-day Earth-orbital mission concluded #OTD in 1965. 📸

115 years ago today, the Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot, ushering us into the aerial age. You can see the original 1903 Wright Flyer on display at our Museum in DC. #IdeasThatDefy

46 years ago today, Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan took the last steps on the Moon in these boots, now in our collection.
Apollo 17, which launched on December 7, 1972, was the last Apollo mission to land humans on the Moon.

Last night, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first mission to bring humans to another world as they orbited the Moon. We were joined by our friends at NASA, the Washington National Cathedral, and Apollo 8 astronaut Jim Lovell to recreate the iconic Christmas Eve address. #SpiritofApollo #Apollo50

1: The Washington National Cathedral lit up for the “Spirit of Apollo” celebration.
2: Capt. Lovell with Museum director Ellen Stofan.
3: Andrew Johnston of the Adler Planetarium shows Capt. Lovell and Stofan Lovell’s Apollo 8 flight plan.
4: Lovell, NASA Administrator James R. Bridenstine, and The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.
5: The exterior of the Washington National Cathedral.

Did you know Washington National Cathedral has a Space Window? Photos from Apollo 11 provided the inspiration for the color palette and it even includes a piece of the Moon — presented to the Cathedral by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. The window symbolizes both spiritual and scientific connections to the mystery of the cosmos — ideas we’ll explore in our #SpiritofApollo event tomorrow, which you can watch live on our Facebook page.

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