Photos | Air & Space Magazinehttp://www.airspacemag.com/rss/photos/RSS feed for the photosenMon, 15 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Shocking Armshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-09-15/shocking-arms/This composite image of galaxy NGC 4258 shows two spiral arms that intersect its plane. The x-rays, in blue, were imaged by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory; the radio waves in purple were imaged by the Very Large Array; the optical light in blue and yellow was imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope; and finally the red is infrared light imaged by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Recently astronomers have discovered shock waves in the arms, perhaps created by jets from the galaxy's supermassive black hole. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000All Aboard the Aussie Airlinehttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-09-12/all-aboard-aussie-airline/Quantas, the second oldest airline in the world, started service in 1920. Above is one of its first airports in Charleville, Queensland, Australia. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Martian Pathhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-09-10/martian-path/The Mars Curiosity rover looks back at its tracks on August 4, 2014, after it reaches a sandy spot called Hidden Valley.Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000“The hangar wall was Crossfield’s.” http://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-09-08/sonic-wall-was-mine-hangar-wall-was-crossfields/On this day in 1954, U.S. Air Force test pilot Scott Crossfield – who’s on <a href="http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/10-great-pilots-4026745/" target="_new">our list of best all-time pilots</a> - suffered an engine failure in an early North American F-100 Super Sabre and landed safely on the ramp at Edwards AFB, California. “I then proceeded to violate a cardinal rule of aviation: never try tricks with a compromised airplane,” wrote Crossfield in his autobiography. <br><br> “The F-100 was still rolling at a fast clip, coming up fast on the NACA ramp, when I made my poor decision….I would snake the stricken F-100 right up the ramp and bring it to a stop immediately in front of the NACA hangar. This trick, which I had performed so often in the Skyrocket, was a fine touch. After the first successful dead-stick landing in an F-100, it would be fitting.”<br><br> ….“The plane slowed, but not quite enough. I was still inching ahead ponderously, like a diesel locomotive. I hit the brakes a fourth time—and my foot went clear to the floorboards. The hydraulic fluid was exhausted. The F-100 rolled on, straight between the yawning hangar doors!"<br><br> The F-100 impacted, giving us the iconic photo. The aircraft was quickly repaired and no harm was done to Crossfield's career, save that fellow test pilot Chuck Yeager often teased: “The sonic wall was mine. The hangar wall was Crossfield’s.” Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:45:20 +0000Floating Over the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia, Turkeyhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-09-05/draft-floating-over-fairy-chimneys-cappadocia-turkey/Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Starburst Galaxyhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-09-03/starburst-galaxy/The M82 galaxy, 12 million light-years away, produces new stars in its center 10 times faster than the entire Milky Way.Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Blimp Christeninghttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-29/blimp-christening/Goodyear introduced a new generation of blimp--the first redesign in nearly 70 years--into its fleet recently, with the christening of <i>Wingfoot One</i> at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company factory in Suffolk, Ohio. From the company's announcement: "The new blimp features advanced on-board avionics and flight control systems with the capability to travel at faster speeds and hover in place. The spacious passenger gondola will provide an enhanced in-flight experience with sweeping, panoramic windows." They'll add two more over the next four years, while phasing out their two older blimps. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Saturn's Many Moonshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-27/saturns-many-moons/Saturn's moons Rhea and Epimetheus pass in front of the ringed planet. Rhea is 10 times larger than Epimetheus, and they are just two of 62 moons that have been discovered around Saturn -- only 53 of them have been officially named.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000A Very Visible Cold Fronthttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-25/very-visible-cold-front/In May an unseasonable cold front hit the East Coast, dropping buckets of rain that caused flash flooding from Massachusetts to Florida. This image, taken by the GOES-13 weather satellite, shows that cold front moving across the East Coast on its way into the Atlantic Ocean. Another cold front, south of the Great Lakes, shows another cold front on the way. GOES-13 sits above the U.S. in geostationary orbit, moving in perfect synchronization with the Earth so that from the ground it seems as though it never moves. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000A B-52 Gets a Showerhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-22/b-52-gets-shower/Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Introducing Future Martianhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-20/introducing-future-martian/NASA's Michael Meyer, the lead scientist of the Mars Exploration Program, shows off its Mars 2020 rover. Though built on the same platform and using many of the same systems as the famous Curiosity Rover currently rolling across the Red Planet, the Mars 2020 Rover will bring newer, more sophisticated scientific instruments to Mars, providing scientists a wealth of new data.Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Meet the New Kidhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-18/meet-new-kid/Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000The Last Phantomhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-15/last-phantom/One of the last flying McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms lands at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Though the U.S. Air Force has long since retired the F-4 from service, they are regularly pulled from storage and restored as unmanned flying targets. Though stored at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, they are converted into targets elsewhere, and so for a brief period are the crewed fighter aircraft they once were. This particular F-4 is being used as a chase plane, tailing its replacement, the Lockheed Martin QF-16: There are so few restorable F-4s left at Davis-Monthan that the military is replacing it with old Lockheed Martin F-16s, just as F-16s once replaced F-4s in active service.Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Flying While Standing Stillhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-13/flying-while-standing-still/Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000The Icing on the Cakehttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-11/icing-cake/Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000The New Dawn Patrolhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-08/new-dawn-patrol/Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - more colloquially called 'drones' - at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. A General Atomics MQ-1B awaits takeoff at dawn as its larger cousin the MQ-9 takes the runway. The UAVs are controlled by nearby pilots during taxi, takeoff and landing, but while airborne they can be piloted from anywhere on Earth via satellite link. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Douglas B-26 Over Koreahttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-06/douglas-b-26-over-korea/A Douglas A-26 bombs a rail yard outside occupied Kunsan, South Korea, during the Korean War. The A-26 design dates from World War II; though the post-war era saw rapid adoption of new technologies, many World War II-vintage aircraft were taken out of storage for Korea.Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000The Oshkosh Parking Lothttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-04/oshkosh-parking-lot/The typical parking lot at Air Venture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For a brief period each year, Oshkosh's sleepy Wittman Regional becomes the busiest airport in the world. Wittman and nearby airfields quickly run out of parking space, filled by nearly everything from rare warbirds to humble Cessnas.Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Hot Act at Oshkoshhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-01/hot-act-oshkosh/Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:51:23 +0000Where's Reverse On This Thing?http://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-08-01/Harriers_cant_go_backwards/A Boeing AV-8B Harrier is pushed back aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) in preparation for takeoff. Like a commercial jetliner needs outside help to push back from the terminal, the Harrier needs help getting to takeoff position at the back of the ship. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000A Stellar Stellar Nursery http://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-28/stellar-stellar-nursery/The Orion Nebula has been imaged countless times, but this is by far one of the best results we've come across. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100508114861031&set=a.10100508114851051.1073741827.49009487&type=1">Ryan Hannahoe</a> and Salvatore Grasso created it with a 16-inch telescope from the Perez Observatory in Mayhill, New Mexico. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Milestone Earth Viewinghttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-25/milestone-earth-viewing/This view of the Sao Simao Reservoir in Brazil was the 300,000th image downlinked from the International Space Station.Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Approaching in Darknesshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-23/approaching-darkness/Pilots in the U.S. Air Force 96th Airlift Squadron use night-vision goggles to guide their runway approach. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Waiting for Another Cold Dayhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-21/waiting-another-cold-day/Richard E. Byrd’s Ford Trimotor, nicknamed “Floyd Bennett,” sits idle two years after his first Antarctic expedition.Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Two Star Surprisehttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-18/two-star-surprise/The Pismis 24 star cluster contains massive stars. Astronomers once thought the brightest star in the image weighed 200 to 300 solar masses, which would have made it the heaviest known star in the galaxy, but they recently discovered it was two smaller stars orbiting each other.Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Spacecraft Bullet Testing http://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-16/spacecraft-bullet-testing/The ESA used a high-performance light-gas gun to fire a 7.5 mm aluminum bullet to test the Kevlar-Nextel fabric that shields their ATV space capsule from debris. The full shielding is made of many layers, starting with a blanket of insulation, then an aluminum "bumper shield," a layer of stuffing, then the Kevlar-Nextal fabric. Each layer is meant to slow the debris so that the next layer has a better chance of stopping it. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Emergency Landinghttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-14/emergency-landing/This image from 1951 shows a Lockheed Constellation on a Virginia plantation after the pilot chose to make an emergency landing in the field. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000An Astronaut in Berlinhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-11/astronaut-berlin/Photographer Erin Kelly was traveling around Berlin and <a href="http://instagram.com/p/pwnX2cCy-s/?modal=true">found this giant astronaut</a> welcoming her to the Kreuzberg neighborhood. The mural is one of many large scale works by artist <a href="http://www.victorash.net/walls/walls_1.htm">Victor Ash</a>.Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Airships at Seahttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-09/airships-sea/The German zeppelin LZ 4, laden with stabilizers, in 1908.Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000A Ring Worth 500 Sunshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-07/ring-worth-500-suns/The Herschel Space Observatory discovered a strange ring of dust in this nebula, named NGC 7538. The ring, at the center-top of this image, has a mass of over 500 suns.Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Happy Birthday, Americahttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-04/happy-birthday-america/Let's celebrate the fourth of July with some stars and stripes. In 2004, <i>SpaceShipOne</i> made the first private trip into space, later winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize. Now hanging in the <a href="http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A20050459000">Milestones of Flight gallery at the National Air and Space Museum</a>, <i>SpaceShipOne</i>, along with the <i>White Knight</i> mothership that it launched from, were developed by Mojave Aerospace Ventures, a joint project between Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites and Paul Allen. <br><br> Here are four little known facts about <i>SpaceShipOne</i>, as discussed by Dr. Valerie Neal, curator of Human Spaceflight at the Museum, during an "Ask an Expert" event for the spacecraft earlier this week.<br><br> 1. When <i>SpaceShipOne</i> was gifted to the Museum, the design team signed the exhaust. The bright silver signatures can be seen from the floor of the Milestones of Flight gallery.<br><br> 2. On <i>SpaceShipOne</i>’s first flight, the exhaust buckled due to the change in pressure, leaving a dent on the underside of the aircraft. The exhaust was fixed for subsequent flights, but the team intentionally dented the exhaust again to replicate its original state before giving it to the Museum.<br><br> 3. The hybrid rocket engine in <i>SpaceShipOne</i> combined liquid and solid propellant, with rubber as the fuel and nitrous oxide as the oxidizer. These stable and nontoxic propellants gave credibility to the idea of feasible space tourism.<br><br> 4. The successor to <i>SpaceShipOne</i> is, of course, <i>SpaceShipTwo</i>, now owned by Virgin Galactic. Sir Richard Branson says he plans to be a passenger, along with his family, on <i>SpaceShipTwo</i>'s inaugural flight to space later in 2014. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Exercises in Disaster Reliefhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-07-02/exercises-disaster-relief/A C-130J Hercules flies over Jordan during exercise Eager Lion in May 2014.Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Five-Card Moon Shothttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-06-27/five-card-moon-shot/The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform the "Five-Card Loop" over California in May, 2014. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000Galaxy Crashhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-06-25/galaxy-crash/Four clusters of galaxies produce spectacular collisions in this combined image from the Very Large Array in New Mexico, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the Hubble Space Telescope. The region is more than five billion light-years away, with the x-rays shown in blue and radio emissions shown in red. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000California Mustanghttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-06-23/california-mustang/A P-51 Mustang flies over Inglewood, California in this 1942 photograph. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000Rope Testhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-of-the-day/2014-06-20/rope-test/Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers practice fast rope insertion in April 2014. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000