Articles | Air & Space Magazinehttp://www.airspacemag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenTue, 03 May 2016 13:47:16 +0000The Odds That We’re the Only Advanced Species in the Galaxy Are One in 60 Billionhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/odds-were-only-technologically-advanced-species-universe-are-extremely-low-180958975/A modified version of the Drake Equation, and what it tells us.Tue, 03 May 2016 13:47:16 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Which is more fun, the ascent into orbit or the reentry?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-which-more-fun-ascent-orbit-or-reentry-space-landing-180958963/ Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000Driving a “Lunar” Rover, From the Space Stationhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/driving-lunar-rover-space-station-180958965/One small step for telepresence.Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:10:24 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Why not build and launch spacecraft from the ISS?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-why-not-build-and-launch-spacecraft-iss-180958962/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:18:39 +0000DARPA’s Spaceplane of the Futurehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/darpas-spaceplane-future-180958936/Wanted: One small, reusable launch vehicle for $146 million or best offer.Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:46:22 +0000Air & Space Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Airline Historyhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/take-our-airline-history-quiz-180958877/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:05:04 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Is it quiet onboard the space station?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-it-quiet-onboard-space-station-180958932/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:30:40 +0000Ask the Astronaut: After your return to Earth did you have trouble sleeping?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-after-your-return-earth-did-you-have-trouble-sleeping-180958925/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:47:03 +0000Watch the First Launch from Russia’s New Siberian Spaceporthttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/watch-first-launch-russias-new-siberian-spaceport-tonight-180958924/Blast off of a Soyuz rocket is at 10:01 Eastern U.S. time.Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:25:03 +0000Airbus Delivers Its First Passenger Jet Built in the U.S.http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/first-airbus-passenger-jet-built-us-be-delivered-today-180958879/The European company’s new plant in Alabama ships its first product.Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:00:49 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Do we have the knowledge to send humans to Mars?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-do-we-have-knowledge-today-send-humans-mars-180958897/ Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:57:37 +0000Lunar Resources: Beyond the Fringehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/lunar-resources-beyond-fringe-180958896/A recent meeting in London suggests that more people are coming to accept the idea of using space resources.Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:22:42 +0000The Forgotten Sport of Balloon Jumpinghttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/sport-balloon-jumping-180958805/For some reason this bizarre pastime never really took off.Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:49:44 +0000Dust From the Great Beyondhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/dust-great-beyond-180958851/Interstellar grains seen by the Cassini spacecraft lend support to the old panspermia hypothesis.Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:58:09 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Have you ever seen UFOs from orbit?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-have-you-ever-seen-ufos-orbit-180958863/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:58:42 +0000Lightning Strikes for the First Timehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/lightning-strikes-first-time-180958853/Aurora’s X-plane takes to the air.Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:02:02 +0000Future E-Gliders Could “Fly” on Airless Worlds http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/future-e-gliders-could-fly-airless-worlds-180958811/A NASA advanced concepts grant explores aeronautics without the aero.Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:48:25 +0000Historic Airplane Competition To Skip Reno, But There’s Always Next Yearhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/historic-airplane-competition-skip-reno-theres-always-next-year-180958770/If past winners are any guide, some of the most magnificent vintage aircraft flying today will compete for awards in 2017.Fri, 15 Apr 2016 19:40:46 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Can you feel the movement of the space station? http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-can-you-feel-movement-space-station-180958797/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:30:38 +0000What Would You Have Put on Voyager’s Golden Record?http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/what-would-you-have-put-voyagers-golden-record-180958773/An author puts together his own “Earthling mixtape” in a new book.Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:14:31 +0000The Smithsonian Gets Its First Coast Guard Helicopterhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/museums-first-coast-guard-aircraft-arrives-180958769/The Seaguard arrives just in time for the service’s centennial of flight.Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:03:46 +0000Splashdown, Live Via Satellitehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/splashdown-live-satellite-180958760/In 1968, getting TV broadcasts from a ship at sea was still tricky business.Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:00:00 +0000Ask the Astronaut: What qualities do I need to become an astronaut?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-what-qualities-do-i-need-become-astronaut-180958743/ Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:00:00 +0000Scientists Create Life’s Building Blocks From Just Three Ingredients http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/scientists-create-lifes-building-blocks-just-three-ingredients-180958723/Take dust and ice, add radiation, and voilà.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:52:53 +0000Parking Is Getting Tight at the Space Stationhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/parking-getting-tight-space-station-180958707/Someone having a party?Fri, 08 Apr 2016 19:07:24 +0000The Mach 1 Whodunithttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/mach-1-whodunit-180958702/Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:41:40 +0000British TV Show Asks If Dogs Can Fly Airplanes and...Yes, They Canhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/dog-my-copilot-180958696/This is your captain barking.Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:25:06 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Why isn’t the space station shaped like a wheel?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-why-isnt-space-station-shaped-wheel-180958697/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:17:00 +0000Supernova Fallout Hit Earth When Human Ancestors Were Alivehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/supernova-fallout-hit-earth-when-human-ancestors-were-alive-180958679/Lucky for them, the source of the explosions was beyond the “kill distance.”Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0000Ask the Astronaut: What does space smell like?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-what-does-space-smell-180958670/ Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Why wasn’t the space shuttle built out of titanium?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-why-wasnt-space-shuttle-built-out-titanium-180958663/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:32:38 +0000Wright Brothers’ Patent Application, Missing for 36 Years, Turns Up Undergroundhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/wright-brothers-patent-application-missing-36-years-turns-underground-180958655/National Archives finds document in a storage facility in Kansas.Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:19:04 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Do spacewalkers worry about dying outside?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-do-spacewalkers-worry-about-dying-or-do-they-block-out-those-thoughts-180958651/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:41:56 +0000Mapping Melts on the Moonhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/mapping-melted-moon-180958645/Small deposits of impact melt can help explain early lunar history, if you know where the material came from.Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:02:32 +0000Five Airplanes That Made No Differencehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/five-airplanes-made-no-difference-180958274/Celebrating the wrong turns in aviation’s early evolution.Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:56:49 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Do you believe there’s life on other planets?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-do-you-believe-there-life-other-planets-180958630/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Air & Space 2016 Airshow Plannerhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/air-space-airshow-planner-180951460/Our guide to this year’s aerial performances across the U.S.Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:44:05 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Has space travel changed your life?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-has-space-travel-changed-your-life-180958620/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:20:04 +0000New Horizons is Still Only Halfway Through Its Download from Plutohttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/new-horizons-still-only-halfway-through-its-download-pluto-180958617/There are more pictures and data yet to come, as NASA faces a decision on the spacecraft’s future.Wed, 30 Mar 2016 21:16:18 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Does it feel hot inside a spacecraft during reentry?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-does-it-feel-hot-inside-spacecraft-during-reentry-180958593/ Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:29:02 +0000NASA’s Inflatable Room Is Almost Readyhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/nasas-inflatable-room-ready-showtime-180958585/After years of planning, the Bigelow BEAM module is due to arrive at the space station next month.Mon, 28 Mar 2016 19:49:08 +0000Ask the Astronaut: What is free fall?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-what-free-fall-180958580/ Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:26:15 +0000Bird or Superman: What’s the Best Way to Fly in Virtual Reality?http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/bird-or-superman-whats-best-way-fly-virtual-reality-180958578/Like so many things, it depends.Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:30:32 +0000See, Hear, Sniff: How Airborne Spies Collect Intelhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/see-hear-sniff-how-airborne-spies-collect-intel-180958571/Spyplanes are filled with gizmos that gather information in three major ways.Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:46:17 +0000Scientists Create Bacteria with the Smallest Known Genomehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/scientists-create-organism-smallest-known-genome-180958563/Synthetic life may help us understand life on other planets.Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:00:00 +0000Kudos for Plutohttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/new-horizons-team-be-honored-national-air-and-space-museum-180958521/The New Horizons team will receive the National Air and Space Museum’s 2016 Current Achievement Award.Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:47:24 +0000Jim Lovell, From Carriers to the Moonhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/in-the-museum-space-capsules-180958440/The veteran astronaut is honored with the National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement trophy.Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:47:06 +0000Would We Know Alien Life If We Saw It?http://www.airspacemag.com/space/life-in-universe-special-what-is-life-180958432/And have we already seen it on Mars?Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Technically Speaking: Stealth Before Stealthhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/sweetman-column-stealth-180958433/Practicing the art of invisibility in the 1970s.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000The Case of the Runaway U-2http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/above-beyond-runaway-u2-180958435/And the time I almost had to shoot down one of our own.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Campaign by Helicopterhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/campaign-by-helicopter-180958436/In 1948, “All the Way with LBJ” meant scooting around Texas in a Bell 47D.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +000030 Years of Air & Spacehttp://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/30-years-air-space-180958437/Help us celebrate by voting for your favorite cover.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000For Chris Carter, the Truth is Still Out Therehttp://www.airspacemag.com/as-interview/interview-chris-carter-180958438/The <i>X-Files</i> creator wants to believe. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000The World’s Largest Indoor Air Showhttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/indoor-airshow-drones-180958441/Now featuring drones, too.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Ten Antique Airplanes and the Pilots Who Dare to Fly Themhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/lets-go-antiquing-180958442/The dangers and demands of piloting vintage aircraft.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Life Among the Gas Giantshttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/life-among-gas-giants-180958444/Searching for signs of biology on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Scramble Seawolves!http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/seawolves-180958446/When Navy SEALs in the Mekong Delta needed help, salvation came from a pair of beat-up Hueys.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Born to Racehttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/born-race-180958478/Just how close a pair of custom-built racers came to unseating the kings of Reno.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000The Drone that Stalked Bin Ladenhttp://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/drone-staked-out-bin-ladens-neighborhood-180958482/The RQ-170 provided a secret, and vital, piece of the intel puzzle.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000The Space Shuttle’s First Crisishttp://www.airspacemag.com/as-interview/reviews-previews-shuttles-first-crisis-180958514/A new book details the drama behind the launch of the world’s first reusable spaceship.Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Ask the Astronaut: Can only pilots apply to be astronauts?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-do-i-need-be-pilot-become-astronaut-180958533/ Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:41:32 +0000Ask the Astronaut: What do astronauts eat right before launch?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-what-do-astronauts-eat-right-launch-180958525/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:50:32 +0000Cactus, Speedbird, and Other Great Call Signshttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/cactus-speedbird-and-other-great-call-signs-180958518/America West had one of the best, but lost it in the politics of mergers.Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:08:07 +0000A New Space Station Camera Will Watch Meteors From Abovehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/new-space-station-camera-will-watch-meteors-above-180958493/Looking down on showers like the Perseids can be better than looking up.Fri, 18 Mar 2016 19:45:30 +0000ExoMars and the Question of Martian Methanehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/exomars-and-question-martian-methane-180958484/Europe’s new Mars mission will take aim at one of planetary science’s most intriguing mysteries.Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:48:36 +0000Ask the Astronaut: How does NASA simulate weightlessness?http://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/how-does-nasa-simulate-weightlessness-180958426/ Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:19:03 +0000Rare Minerals May Be a Sign of Lifehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/rare-minerals-may-be-sign-life-180958387/Geology and biology co-evolved on Earth, and maybe on other planets, too.Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:27:57 +0000An Aerial Food Drop Over Syria Missed Its Target, and That’s No Surprisehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/anatomy-high-altitude-air-drop-180958361/An experienced C-130 officer explains why it’s so hard to get drops right from high altitudes.Wed, 09 Mar 2016 21:10:43 +0000DARPA Picks Aurora Flight Sciences For New X-Planehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/darpa-picks-aurora-flight-sciences-new-x-plane-180958331/It will take off like a helicopter, fly like an airplane, and be the strangest thing in the skies.Tue, 08 Mar 2016 19:56:03 +0000Not All Martian Landing Sites Are Alikehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/not-all-martian-landing-sites-are-alike-180958306/And choosing among them is one of the great challenges facing any search for life.Mon, 07 Mar 2016 20:58:09 +0000