Photos | Air & Space Magazine feed for the photosenWed, 23 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Training in a Vacuum Space Agency astronaut and Italian Air Force officer Sam Cristoforetti will be headed to the International Space Station later this year. She posted this photo of her in a Russian Sokol spacesuit inside a vacuum chamber to her Twitter account (<a href="">@AstroSamantha</a>). Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000Eagles at Dusk F-15 Strike Eagles at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000Sunflowers in Space young sunflower plant grows aboard the International Space Station. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000Liberator En Route photo, from the San Diego Air and Space Museum archive, is from the collection of Sam Gotwalt, a radio operator on a B-24 Liberator during World War II. Fri, 02 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Globemaster Inspection, 05 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Star Survivor's Chandra X-ray Observatory recently <a href="">found evidence</a> of a companion star that survived the blast of a nearby supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Wed, 07 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Rent-a-Helo Parking Lot Mexico Air National Guard AH-64 Apaches make a refueling stop at Las Cruces airport.Fri, 09 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Station Nightlights the astronauts sleep aboard the International Space Station, only minimal lightning stays on, including emergency lights that point the way to the Soyuz spacecraft in case they need to evacuate.Mon, 12 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Space Sale May 7, 2014, the auction house <a href="">Lempertz</a> offered up this Russian VA re-entry capsule, developed as part of the <a href="">TKS spacecraft</a>, along with two Sokol spacesuits at its Brussels location. (Here it is for <a href="">a viewing in Berlin first</a>.) The capsule flew, unmanned, twice in the late 1970s and <a href="">went to an anonymous buyer</a> for $1.72 million. The two spacesuits went for $96,000 and $83,000. Wed, 14 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Best View of Alien World <a href="">Gemini Planet Imager</a> took this <a href="">best view yet of an alien world</a>. Beta Pictorus b, several times the size of Jupiter, is more than 63 light-years from Earth and was captured in this 60-second exposure -- a degree in magnitude faster than previous instrument capability. The Planet Imager, which began construction a decade ago, is the next generation <a href="">adaptive optics</a> instrument at the Gemini South Telescope in Chile, and had its first light in January 2014. Mon, 19 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Waiting for Progress Expedition 38 crew member took in the view of Earth below and part of one of the Russian modules while waiting for the arrival of a Progress cargo ship, carrying 2.8 tons of supplies for the space station.Wed, 21 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Flare Wake C-130J Hercules goes through flare training off the California coast. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000First Jet Assisted Take-Off Ercoupe was fitted with a solid propellant Jet Assisted Take-Off (JATO) booster and became the first "rocket-assisted" airplane, taking off from March Field in California in 1941. Wed, 28 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Closing the Ramp U.S. Air Force loadmaster closes the doors of a MC-130J Commando II after an airdrop exercise in Florida. Fri, 30 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000Celebration Flight in San Diego, California, fly over the city to celebrate the Armistice with Germany in November 1918. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000Full-Color Portrait of the Universe have <a href="">completed an ultra-violet survey</a> to add to the infrared and visible Hubble Ultra Deep Field survey made between 2003 and 2009. This new composite image shows the full-range of colors that Hubble can view. The image shows about 10,000 galaxies, going back in time to just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000The Reaper Waits MQ-9 Reaper, an unmanned aircraft used primarily for intelligence gathering but can also hunt targets, sits parked at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000One Day Only Dragon Show, D.C. space fans will get a treat on June 11, 2014, when the <a href="">brand new version of Space X's Dragon capsule</a> -- this one built for a crew -- goes on display for one day only at the <a href="">Newseum</a>. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000Tilting at Exercises CV-22 Osprey was part of the U.S. Air Force exercises in Florida last May. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000Super Take-Off F-100A Super Sabre takes off in 1957 on a NACA test flight. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000Historic Serbian Floods false color image from NASA's Terra satellite of the massive flooding in Serbia over a few weeks in May 2014 help with mapping and monitoring the situation. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000Rope Test Army National Guard soldiers practice fast rope insertion in April 2014. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000California Mustang P-51 Mustang flies over Inglewood, California in this 1942 photograph. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000Galaxy Crash 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 +0000Five-Card Moon Shot U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform the "Five-Card Loop" over California in May, 2014. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000Exercises in Disaster Relief C-130J Hercules flies over Jordan during exercise Eager Lion in May 2014.Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Happy Birthday, America'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="">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 +0000A Ring Worth 500 Suns 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 +0000Airships at Sea German zeppelin LZ 4, laden with stabilizers, in 1908.Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000An Astronaut in Berlin Erin Kelly was traveling around Berlin and <a href="">found this giant astronaut</a> welcoming her to the Kreuzberg neighborhood. The mural is one of many large scale works by artist <a href="">Victor Ash</a>.Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Emergency Landing 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 +0000Spacecraft Bullet Testing 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 +0000Two Star Surprise 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 +0000Waiting for Another Cold Day E. Byrd’s Ford Trimotor, nicknamed “Floyd Bennett,” sits idle two years after his first Antarctic expedition.Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Approaching in Darkness 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 +0000