July 4 is the National Archives’ Super Bowl. The home of the original Declaration of Independence goes all out, with events including live readings of the Declaration on the steps of the Archives. Huge crowds of spectators join in, shouting “Huzzah” and “Boo,” prompted at the appropriate moments by NARA employees. Watch the festivities here.
NASA’s going to be deploying blue-green and red clouds to track particle motion in space. The clouds will be visible over much of the East Coast.
It’s Public Service Recognition Week, and some agencies are taking the time to say “Thank you” to the federal workforce that makes it all happen.
The federal government was overrun by children on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, as agencies rolled out vehicles, cool tech, and even some human organs to capture the kids’ imaginations.
NASA’s social media game is strong. Now that’s being officially recognized, as the agency has been nominated for five Webby Awards, including three for its social media.
The Defense Department also weighed in with some Medal of Honor stories, including that of the only female recipient, a doctor in the Civil War.
In this week’s Fedfeed, NOAA shares its spring 2016 outlook, NARA promotes its new app, and the Smithsonian shares the history of Shamrocks.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association shared some of the first images obtained from one of its new satellites, including video from its lightning mapper and ultraviolet imager.
Departments and agencies are jumping on the video bandwagon and giving the world a look inside some of their facilities.
Securing live events, especially those as large as the Superbowl, takes a great deal of coordination among the various component agencies at the Department of Homeland Security, which work in concert to prevent everything from violent attacks to counterfeit merchandising.
NASA unveiled its new spacesuit this week. It was designed by Boeing for use on its Starliner spacecraft, which astronauts will use on missions to and from the International Space Station.
Presidents get all the attention at inaugurations, but First Ladies both present and future can play important roles in the ceremonies and behind the scenes.
While it may seem difficult to imagine, far more divisive inaugurations than the one about to take place have happened in the past. The best example is the 1861 inauguration of Abraham Lincoln: seven states seceded from the U.S. between his election and his inauguration.
Throughout the 20th century, film became increasingly important as a medium of communication, so it’s no surprise it became an important part of inaugurations.