The Passing of Dr. John N. Warfield, 84

Special Collections and Archives was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. John N. Warfield, a long time professor here at George Mason University. His career spanned an impressive number of fields, from electrical engineering and computer design, to philosophy, to his culminating work in Systems Science. Professor Warfield Continue Reading

20th Anniversary of the Fall of The Berlin Wall

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which divided Berlin as well as the three Western sectors of Germany from the surrounding area of Brandenburg.  Originally composed of barbed wire, the Wall was 95 miles long and eventually 13 feet high and as wide as Continue Reading

From the Back of the Vault: Testing Space Suits for NASA

The suits used by NASA astronauts in space missions undergo strenuous testing on Earth before they ever make it into outer space.  While in space, astronauts conduct experiments, make repairs, and do other types of space-related work wearing one of two types of spacesuits.  Intra-Vehicular Activity (IVA) suits are worn Continue Reading