Photos | Air & Space Magazine feed for the photosenFri, 19 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000Magnetic Art visualization from ESA's Planck mission shows the magnetic fields of interstellar dust in the Milky Way. 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 +0000Spooky Solar Face's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the sun in the Halloween spirit earlier this month when its bright, active regions took on the shape of a jack-o-lantern. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Victory in the Alps Nigel Lamb, flying for Breitling, <a href="">won the world championship title</a> at the 2014 Red Bull Air Race in the Austrian Alps on October 26. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Arctic Otter Flight DHC-3 Otter flies over glaciers for NASA's Operation IceBridge-Alaska surveys, which study how rising temperatures affect the Arctic. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Rescue Drills U.S. Air Force airman plays a victim being lifted into an HH-60G Pave Hawk during an evacuation exercise. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Autumn is Coming image from NASA's Terra satellite captured autumn's turning leaves in the Great Lakes area. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Getting the Mail Airborne 1920, Reno was the transfer point for airmail being flown between San Francisco and New York City. In this photo from the National Postal Museum, airmail employees transfer mailbags from one de Havilland to another. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Slower Traffic Than It's Used To F-15 gets towed down Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins, Georgia. The city is leasing the Eagle from the state's Air National Guard for its new veteran's memorial. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Rosetta Selfie the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft zeros in on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it gets a better and better view of the rough surface its lander, Philae, will descend upon on November 12. The spacecraft took this "selfie" on October 7 using a camera on Philae, showing Rosetta's solar panels and the comet just 16 km away. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Thunderbird Over Alaska U.S. Air Force Thunderbird performs at the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska in July 2014. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Pillars of Nurseries pillars of dust and gas in the Carina Nebula are forming new stars at their tips.Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Wing Twister tested this Oblique Wing Research Aircraft in the late 1970s to find out the benefits and drawbacks to pivoting wings. But "the unpleasant flying characteristics... at extreme wing-sweep angles may have discouraged aircraft designers from adopting this configuration."Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000A Nice Day for an Air Show fans gather at Hill Air Force Base in Utah for the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air Show in June 2014, while a P-51 Mustang and F-16 Fighting Falcon pass overhead.Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Bell Support pilots and astronauts used the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle to simulate landing in the moon's gravity -- three-fifths that of Earth's gravity. Shown here in 1964, a Bell 47 Helicopter provides chase support, in communication with the test pilot in case any problems arose. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000A Whiskey Toast members of the U.S. Air Force 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base in Germany posed with a Douglas C-47 Skytrain called Whiskey 7 in a recreation of a 1944 photograph taken with the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000