Leonardo's Flight

Video prepared for the exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, September 13-October 22, 2013. The video describes the content and history of this historically prescient Leonardo da Vinci notebook about flight.

Video Credit: Courtesy of Silvia Rosa Brusin, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana

Curiosity has landed on Mars: Leonardo da Vinci is on board

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PASADENA, Calif. – Curiosity, NASA’s most advanced Mars rover to date, has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, suspended by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down on Mars on 5 August to end a 36-week flight and begin a 2-year investigation.

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The Self-Portrait and the Codex on the Flight of Birds are on board Curiosity, the NASA mission that landed on the Red Planet on 5 August 2012. The unusual history of Leonardo’s trip to Mars. Into outer space thanks to television.

Leonardo’s voyage to Mars was made possible by a television programme. On 2 May 2011 ‘TGR Leonardo’, the scientific news programme of the Italian state television RAI, arranged an encounter between the Maestro from Vinci and Charles Elachi, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, the NASA centre run by California Institute of Technology, which for more than half a century has created probes and robotic missions for space exploration.

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