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Apollo 11 Command Module in 3D

To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon.

Rare Zebra Species graze again at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Hartmann’s mountain zebras at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. (Photo by Dolores Reed, SCBI) For the first time in more than 15 years zebras will graze the fields at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.

Inspiration is bright spark cast by American craft at the Renwick Gallery

A dynamic new presentation of 80+ objects celebrating craft as a discipline and approach to living differently in the modern world has just opened at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

New bright orange-red scorpionfish discovered deep in Caribbean

Meet Scorpaenodes barrybrowni is a scorpionfish species newly discovered by Smithsonian scientists using a manned submersible in the deep-reef waters of the Caribbean island of Curaçao.

Traditional artisans spark Afghanistan with new life via Turquoise Mountain

Turquoise Mountain is also committed to providing a sustainable source of income for Afghanistan’s young women.

Diamonds are a planet’s best friend? In the early universe, perhaps

Could the universe’s earliest stars have formed planets, and if so, what might they have looked like?

Reflections on a changing Washington, D.C.

Peter Sefton, D.C. Preservation League trustee, reflects on how Washington, D.C. has changed in recent years.

Study: Managed beehives can discourage crop-raiding elephants

This camera-trap image shows a forest elephant passing a beehive protecting a wild fruit tree in Gabon.

Apollo 11 Command Module in 3D!

A 3-D rendering of the Apollo 11 Command Module with a view inside the hatch. The seats inside are where astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sat during the historic moon landing mission on July 20, 1969.

See the U.S.A. on Paik’s “Electronic Superhighway”

Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of the artist Nam June Paik Estate Nam June Paik is a pivotal figure in the history of modern art.

The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today

“The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” is on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery from March 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017.

Up, Up and Away

Sophie Blanchard performing at the restoration of the monarchy in 1814, with King Louis XVIII. Image from the Scrapbook of early aeronautica.

Beautiful plastic sculptures tell ugly story of human garbage in the ocean

All “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” images courtesy National Zoological Park Great white sharks, killer whales, sea lions, even polar bears—the ocean is full of giant predators.

Castle corbel carved by Basque Country stone carver Bernat Vidal during 2016 Folklife Festival

Master stone carver Bernat Vidal chisels a piece of Seneca sandstone during the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.

Monitoring seafood catch data

Knowing what we take from our oceans matters. Smithsonian scientists are developing tools to better understand and protect our oceans.

Discovery in Smithsonian collection brings new understanding of rare North American leech

European Medicinal Leech “Hirudo medicinalis.” Sucker is on the right, blood-feeding mouth is on the left.

Basque Country & Cheese

Food is an important element of Basque life. In the Ostatua Kitchen tent at the Smithsonian’s 2016 Folklife Festival, chefs from two Basque culinary schools (Escuela Superior de Hostelería de Artxanda and Escuela Superior de Hostelería de Gamarra) will showcase regional cooking and drinks with cooking demonstrations and workshops.

Basque culture, California music featured at 2016 Folklife Festival

Traditional Basque dancers at the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Air and Space Museum’s “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall” Reopens July 1!

The National Air and Space Museum will reopen the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall” July 1 in conjunction with the museum’s 40th anniversary.

Smithsonian celebrates Panama Canal expansion

Smithsonian staff scientist, Carlos Jaramillo (shown here), and Bruce McFadden from the Florida Museum of Natural History led a 5 year project to collect fossils from and understand the geology of the Panama Canal expansion earthworks.