July 28, 2002 |
When Lockheed Martin Corp. gave the National Air and Space Museum $10 million for a new annex, the aerospace manufacturer got a lot more than its name on the popular IMAX theater in the main building. It got a definite public relations nightmare. Some influential members of Congress had been watching with growing irritation as the Smithsonian Institution, parent organization of 16 government-supported museums along the National Mall, aggressively courted commercial donors.
January 29, 1986 |
Justin Luebbert was poking around the National Air and Space Museum with his mother, Joanne, when she pulled him into an elevator and whispered to him that the space shuttle Challenger had blown up in midair a few minutes before. "Since I am only 9," the boy from Chantilly, Va., said yesterday, "I haven't seen a lot of sad things. There was this teacher I saw on television and she was very happy and now she is dead. "I feel very, very sad, like something inside of me is just lost.
April 26, 2005 |
A nonprofit group plans to present Willingboro's council tonight with a concept for a large-scale "River Route Edu-Tainment Complex" off Route 130. The complex would be built at Willingboro Lakes Nature Preserve and contain three large domes housing themed activities: video and virtual-reality games; a conservatory and botanical gardens; and a space museum and an interactive broadcast media exhibit. The cost would be $45 million to $50 million. James W. Adkins 3d, president and chief executive officer of Messengers of Peace Development, said the goal was to draw generations together while entertaining and teaching them.
November 23, 2011
I. Michael Heyman, 81, who was the first nonscientist to lead the Smithsonian Institution, after serving as chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, has died. Mr. Heyman died at his Berkeley home Saturday after a long battle with emphysema. The Smithsonian and the university announced his death Monday. During five years as chief of the world's largest museum and research complex, Mr. Heyman oversaw creation of the Smithsonian's first website and an affiliations network that now includes 170 museums across the country.
July 10, 2016
While wandering through the San Diego Hall of Champions sports museum, we came across an unexpected sight: a full-size twin of the Rocky statue that is a popular tourist draw in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Its clone in San Diego, on the other hand, was nestled inside a museum where it was hardly noticed. Had we just entered some sort of space/time warp? To enhance the mystery, the sports museum is just one of more than a dozen major attractions in the 1,200-acre, landscaped confines of Balboa Park, one of the largest urban cultural parks in the world.
February 6, 1995 |
It's shameful that political pressure caused the Smithsonian Institution to scuttle its attempt to tell the story of the Enola Gay and America's dropping of the first atomic bomb, museum officials and historians said last week. But where exactly the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum plunged off the track - and whether the whole controversy could have been avoided - was a matter of debate. "It was disappointing the way it was resolved," said Brent Glass, executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
May 27, 2007 |
This year, students at Coatesville's Gordon Elementary School won't get a chance to sit in a space simulator, but they may get an opportunity next year. The Traveling Space Museum was all set to appear in Coatesville for the scheduled Space Day Monday, but three weeks ago the visit was canceled. The privately owned museum is a mobile interactive science exhibit based in Los Angeles. Chalk it all up to what everyone now says was a misunderstanding. One of the nonprofit museum's donors, Ivan Sims, a Coatesville native who works in Beverly Hills, felt he needed to get permission from Coatesville's City Council president, Patsy Ray, to take the show to the school.
May 8, 2012 |
It's interesting that some of the same people who have been blasting President Obama as a spendthrift who has put this country on a path to economic ruin also criticize him for being frugal when it comes to space exploration. These critics decry Obama's decision to retire the ancient space-shuttle fleet and instead have U.S. scientists hitch rides with the Russians to the International Space Station as being equivalent to sharing a bunk with Mephistopheles. But they mislead when they suggest that Obama has turned his back on manned spaceflight.
August 1, 1996 |
Paul A. Hanle, head of the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore for the last eight years, has been named president and chief executive officer of the 184-year-old Academy of Natural Sciences, the nation's oldest natural history museum. The appointment ends a search that began at the end of last year after the abrupt resignation of Keith S. Thomson, who headed the academy for eight years. Thomson's exit was one in a series of high-level staff departures over the last couple of years and called attention to what many observers saw as a lack of institutional focus and vision at the academy.
February 9, 1986 |
America's early aviators, legendary figures like Orville Wright, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, were favorite subjects for the scurrying photographers of Fox-Movietone News during the 1920s and '30s. A staple of American movie-going until the late 1950s, the Movietone newsreels still exist. But they were made on fragile, 35mm, nitrate-based film and are beginning to crumble. To save them, the National Air and Space Museum here and the University of South Carolina, which is the repository for the films, have launched an effort to raise $550,000 to transfer the historic aviation footage of the 1919-34 period to more durable and modern safety film.