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M81 in 60 Seconds

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
This image of the mammoth spiral galaxy M81, located about 12 million light years away, contains data from four different NASA satellites.

Peter Theisinger - 2017 National Air and Space Museum Trophy Winner

National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum's 2017 Trophy Award Winner for Lifetime Achievement goes to Peter Theisinger. Throughout his 49-year career, Theisinger has led a number of major unmanned space science flight missions for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), including three successful Mars rover missions—Curiosity, Spirit and Opportunity. The Curiosity mission was the most complex flight system in the history of robotic planetary exploration, received prestigious awards and garnered significant public interest for its successful landing in 2012. The two robotic geologists, Spirit and Opportunity, exceeded NASA’s expectations of lifespan and capabilities. Opportunity is still operating after 12 years of activity, including the discovery of proof for past water on Mars. The United States has been unmatched in its development of exploratory technology, and Theisinger has played a major role in this effort. Theisinger receives the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Trophy for his instrumental achievements in enhancing knowledge of the solar system, and particularly Mars, throughout his career.

Dragon Boats are the Stars of This Chinese Water Festival

Smithsonian Channel
Dragon boat races feature an vast number of oarsmen, a drummer and a burning desire to win - and few are anywhere near as competitive as the Water Festival races of Jing'an. From the Series: China From Above: The Living Past

Truly Strange: The Secret Life of Breasts (Full Episode)

Smithsonian Channel
Human breasts are growing bigger and appearing earlier, with higher rates of cancer than ever before. Follow doctors and scientists, who are using new ways of analyzing breast tissue, and revealing startling and disturbing truths. From: TRULY STRANGE: The Secret Life of Breasts Watch more of Smithsonian Channel's full episodes on

A Soldier's Inspiring Recovery After Surviving an Explosion

Smithsonian Channel
For Lt. Colonel Gregory Gadson, Arlington National Cemetery is a place to heal and a source of strength. From: ARLINGTON: CALL TO HONOR

Best of The Beautiful Universe (High Definition)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
In its first decade of exploration, Chandra has expanded our view of the universe with its unrivaled ability to create high-resolution X-ray images of cosmic phenomena.

Coastal Wolves at Play

Smithsonian Channel
Get a close look at a wild wolf pack playing in an open meadow. The young pup and his parents enjoy a lighthearted romp - until another wolf arrives. From: A WOMAN AMONG WOLVES

Cephalopod video: Magnapinna sp.

National Museum of Natural History
At first, the squid exhibited no apparent reaction to the presence of the submersible. After a few minutes it moved slowly away, flapping its fins but with the arm crown still spread. From: M. Vecchione, R.E. Young, A. Guerra, D.J. Lindsay, D.A. Clague, J.M. Bernhard, W.W. Sager, A.F. Gonzalez, F.J. Rocha, and M. Segonzac. 2001. Worldwide observations of remarkable deep-sea squids. Science, vol. 294: 2505-2506. Online abstract: To see other cephalopod videos: [taxonomy:binomial=Magnapinna sp.]


National Zoo
Anteater goes for a swim (Darwin likes swimming)

My Big Bollywood Wedding (Full Episode)

Smithsonian Channel
Witness the big Bollywood marriages of three couples as they attempt to balance millennia-old traditions and modern American sensibilities. Then see how they celebrate their love and honor their families, without breaking their budgets. From the Show: My Big Bollywood Wedding

Chapter 1: Kinds of Light (in AUDIO ONLY)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
When we think of light, we think of sunshine or the colors of the rainbow. But colors, like sounds, are limited by the range of our senses. Just as there are sounds that we cannot hear because the pitch is too high or low for our ears to detect, so there are colors whose color pitch is too high or low for our eyes to detect. We think of light as the colors of the rainbow, which really is just a tiny part of a much broader spectrum that our eyes cannot see

NNAVM: Meet Your Designers NNAVM: Meet Your Designers 7 – Closing Remarks

National Museum of the American Indian
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will be installing the National Native American Veterans Memorial on its grounds in Washington, D. C. in 2020. In 2017, the museum sent out a request for the memorial design proposals and selected five finalists. "Meet Your Designers" gave the public the opportunity to hear memorial proposals from each designer and ask questions. In this segment, competition manager and program moderator Don Stastny provides some closing remarks (cut short due to technical difficulties). This program was webcast and recorded in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on February 7, 2018.

Science Olympiad Reach for the Stars Event 2017 Part 3

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Gemini VII

National Air and Space Museum
The Gemini VII crew module that carried Frank Borman and James Lovell on their historic 14-day endurance mission in December of 1965 is on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Curator Michael Neufeld explains the purpose of the Gemini Program and the objectives of Gemini VII, including the addition of the first rendezvous in space with Gemini VI to the mission.

Robert Goddard's Quest

National Air and Space Museum
Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) is considered the father of American rocketry. A theoretical scientist as well as a practical engineer, he held more than 200 patents, although he was reluctant to publicize his work during his lifetime. Credits: Select archival materials provided by NASA

The Challenges of Sleeping in Space

National Air and Space Museum
Astronaut Danny Olivas describes some of the interesting sensations astronauts experience while sleeping in space. This video is one in a series developed for the Holt Scholars Program. Access the materials for the Body in Space middle school life science curriculum here:

Ribbon Cutting to Open the National Air and Space Museum - July 1, 1976

National Air and Space Museum
The ribbon cutting to open the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum had a little help from the Viking spacecraft in orbit at Mars. Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot on the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, was the director of the Museum. This clip is narrated by former assistant director and World War II ace Donald Lopez.

Episode 4 - Podcast: The Civil War and American Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum
In this podcast, curator Eleanor Jones Harvey discusses 6 featured paintings from "The Civil War and American Art" exhibition. This episode looks at "The Lord Is My Shepherd" by Eastman Johnson. "The Civil War and American Art" examines how America's artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath. The exhibition follows the conflict from palpable unease on the eve of war, to heady optimism that it would be over with a single battle, to a growing realization that this conflict would not end quickly and a deepening awareness of issues surrounding emancipation and the need for reconciliation. Genre and landscape painting captured the transformative impact of the war, not traditional history painting. Exhibition website: Artwork:

Director's Choice - Recording Sound by Theodore Roszak

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Recording Sound by Theodore Roszak combines painting and sculpture in a unique way. A three-dimensional plaster stage projects forward and backward from the canvas plane to a depth of about three inches. It's a miniaturized opera performed for the modern miracle of the phonograph. Roszak, an accomplished violinist, was so involved with music that he put musical references into many paintings.

Joseph Walsh: Enignum Furniture Production Process

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
This chair is part of furniture designer Joseph Walsh's Enignum series, derived from the Latin words enigma ("mystery") and lignum ("wood"). The Enignum Chair is on view as part of 'Making | Breaking New Arrivals,' on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum May–October, 2017. To learn more, visit VIDEO HAS NO SOUND

Design Dictionary: Papermaking

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
See how paper is made by hand in this short video. Paper maker and educator Amy Jacobs demonstrates the basics of this technique at Dieu Donné papermill in Manhattan. This paper making project took about 3 hours of active work, plus about 48 hours of air-drying. About this series: Design Dictionary is a new Cooper Hewitt video series that vividly illustrates a wide variety of creative techniques. Covering everything from glassblowing to bobbin lacemaking to 3D printing, the series aims to demystify the making of objects by providing a highly visual, behind-the-scenes look into designers' studios, schools and homes as they work. Each video in the fourteen-part series is under 3 minutes long and features a different designer or artisan hand-picked to demonstrate their skill in action. All videos were shot entirely on-location in New York City. Music: "A Thought" - Podington Bear from The Sound of Picture Production Library

Behind the Scenes: Garland Lamp

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Come behind the scenes at the museum and learn how our conservation experts care for an unusual and very delicate light fixture made out of intricate, cascading metal forms. Learn more about this lamp, designed by Tord Boontje, here:

Convergence of Craft and Industry - Claudy Jongstra and Kathryn Walter

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
This program brings together two designers featured in Fashioning Felt who approach incorporating felt into architectural use from different starting places but with beautiful and unexpected endings. Both designers collaborate with architects to create decorative and functional felt interventions. Kathryn Walter works primarily with industrial felt while Claudy Jongstra uses raw wool and natural dyes. See examples of their work and learn about their process, their choice of felt, and where theyd like to take the material next. Moderated by curator, Susan Brown.

DesignBoost NYC: Efva Attling

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
DesignBoost NYC was a two-day design conference held at Cooper-Hewitt in June 2011. Thirteen speakers specializing in everything from biomechanics to filmmaking addressed the conference's theme, "Design Beyond Design" in this series of short talks.
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