Photos | Air & Space Magazine feed for the photosenWed, 28 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Elephants on the Runway elephant walk -- when aircraft taxi in close formation before take-off -- is usually an impressive sight, but even more so when its made of 24 hulking C-130H Hercules and C-130J Super Hercules. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Crescent View Cassini spacecraft took this image of Saturn and its moon Titan facing towards the sun, so they appear in crescent phase. Astronomers will uses images like this to study the planetary bodies' atmospheres as the sunlight filters through them. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Early Wingwalker 1917, Lieutenant Ned Ballough performs some wing walking on a Curtiss JN-4, a Royal Flying Corps' trainer based near Deseronto, Ontario, Canada during World War I. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Iroquois Ops aircrew from the 36th Rescue Flight at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington state practice water rescue operations in an UH-1N Iroquois. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Ghost Galaxies Hubble Space Telescope turned to Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, and saw the ghostly glow (here in blue) of galaxies that have been long since ripped apart by the gravitational pull from the other galaxies nearby. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Having Amelia for Tea photo shows Amelia Earhart after she made a forced landing in a field near Derry, Ireland in 1932. The <a href="">National Library of Ireland has the record</a> from the May 23 <em>Irish Independent</em> which reads: <blockquote>...the hospitality she had received after making her forced descent, for two minutes later she was in the cottage of Mr. and Mrs. Peter McCallion, who put their home at her disposal. Almost at the same time Mr. Gallagher arrived and persuaded Miss Earhart to accompany him to his home, where Mrs. Gallagher had tea already prepared." </blockquote>The Library adds: "There was no account of how the McCallions took to having the Gallaghers scoop them in what must have been the tea party of their lives!" The Lockheed Vega in the photo can be seen at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Coming Down in the Wash U.S. Air Force 366th Fighter Wing train for operations in realistic scenarios at Sailor Creek Range Complex, Idaho, where this UH-60 Black Hawk set down among the tumbleweeds. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Nebula Bubbles Hubble Space Telescope took this image of NGC 1501, nicknamed the Oyster Nebula for its "bright pearl" in the center -- a variable star. Located about 5,000 light years away, the nebula has a "bumpy and bubbly shape," which astronomers determined through 3D modeling. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Low-Flying Hercules U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules practices combat maneuvers and low-altitude flying over South Korea. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Makeshift Hangar do with what you've got: An airplane gets some repair in a makeshift hangar somewhere in Alberta, Canada, circa 1929. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Tethys Pop Up bright moon of Saturn, Tethys, peeks out above fellow moon Rhea in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Best Seat in the House Air Force aircrew members watch the Thunderbirds perform at Nellis Air Force Base. Fri, 02 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000A Bar Harbor Landing Stinson Voyager 105, part of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol, comes in for a landing in Bar Harbor, Maine, circa 1939. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Airplane Service Army chaplain leads a Sunday morning service from an airplane cockpit on a field in France during World War I. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:37:39 +0000Swirling Saturn Cassini spacecraft took this image of the top cloud layer on Saturn, which astronomers study to improve their understanding of fluid dynamics. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Magnetic Art visualization from ESA's Planck mission shows interstellar dust aligned by the magnetic field of the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists are using this to study the formation of the galaxy and how it led to star formation.Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000An Ultraluminous Collision galaxies graze each other in this composite image that includes X-ray light (shown in pink) from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, optical light from the Hubble Space Telescope (in blue, white, orange, and brown), and infrared light (in red) from the Spitzer Space Telescope. As the galaxies collide, they've produced three supernovas in the last 15 years, along with one of the biggest collections astronomers have found -- 28 so far -- of "ultraluminous X-ray sources," or ULXs.Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Some Serious Lift 1st Class Kyle Daniels secures the toes of the ramp on this C-5 Galaxy. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Orion Comes Ashore the <a href="">successful first launch and test</a> of NASA's Orion capsule during two loping orbits around Earth, it bobbed in the Pacific ocean off Baja California waiting for a ride back to land. The spacecraft hitched a ride with the USS <i>Anchorage</i>, and came ashore at San Diego late Monday night. Photographer Kevin Baird <a href="">was there to see it disembark</a>, greeted by U.S. Navy and NASA officials, including astronaut Suni Williams. Watch a timelapse of the event <a href="">here</a>. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Mirror Inspection engineer from Ball Aerospace inspects two mirror segments that will be part of the <a href="">James Webb Space Telescope</a>. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Team Portrait 1954 NACA photo shows the teams that supported the <a href="">D-558-2 Skyrocket</a> (front) test flights, including two Sabre chase planes and the P2B-1S launch aircraft, along with the personnel from the air and ground teams. Pilot Scott Crossfield stands in front. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Is Anyone Up There? night sky full of stars in southwest Asia accompany First Lieutenant Drew Parks, a joint terminal attack controller, as he communicates with a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet during Operation Spartan Shield. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Long Way Down astronaut Alexander Gerst takes a photo of the Earth while strapped to the Canadarm during a spacewalk on October 7, 2014. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Hurricane Hawk sends this Global Hawk on missions for the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, to study hurricane formation in the Atlantic Ocean. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000It's T-0 for NASA's Countdown Clock one more thing to the End of the Era list. On Monday, workers at Kennedy Space Center <a href="">removed the classic countdown clock</a> from the press site that faces Launch Complex 39. (The launch pads, originally built for the Apollo program and used for 30 years by the space shuttle program, are currently undergoing modification for use by NASA's Space Launch System and Space X's Falcon rockets.) Officials at Kennedy have asked NASA's artifacts office for permission to display the clock, in use since 1969, in the KSC's Visitor Complex. The press site will soon get a "new modern multimedia display...similar to the screens seen at sporting venues," according to NASA. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Hanging on the Rings image from Cassini shows Saturn's A and F rings and its icy moon Tethys.Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Night Handling <a href="">X-47B</a> is a research drone that the Navy hopes to one day use in combat from its aircraft carriers. Last August it conducted its first night time taxi tests aboard the USS <em>Theodore Roosevelt</em>. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Spirit Testing Lindbergh flies over San Diego during a test flight of the Spirit of St. Louis in the spring of 1927. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Lunar Topography created this colorful topographic map of the moon from data from NASA's GRAIL mission. The gravity anomalies shown in blue are believed to be ancient lava-flooded rift zones buried beneath volcanic plains. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Marking the Drop C-130 Hercules heads towards the smoke marking its drop zone during a training exercise. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Endeavour Comes Back to Earth shuttle Endeavour touches down for a night landing at the end of STS-72 in 1996. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Taxiing KC-135 Stratotanker, 10 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000A Mule at Rest H-24 Army Mule Helicopter sits on the runway in this undated San Diego Air and Space Museum archived photograph. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000"Dance of the Plankton" satellite image shows ocean phytoplankton, which attracts the many types of sea life that prey on it. Scientists observe the predator-prey cycles (which phytoplankton ecologist Mike Behrenfeld calls the "Dance of the Plankton") each year to see how tiny changes in the environment can impact the oceans. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Calling it a Day fleet from various strike groups and U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps aircraft operation in formation after a joint exercise. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000