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On February 15, 2011 a symposium entitled “U.S. Human Spaceflight: Continuity and Stability” was held at Rice University’s James A. Baker Institute of Public Policy. Organized by George Abbey, the resident space expert at the Baker Institute, one might have suspected that it would be Shuttle-centr...
March 01, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
Call it a thought experiment, a way to engage the public, or an expensive waste of time.Either way, the "Message in a Bottle" task on yesterday's spacewalk outside the International Space Station was one of the more unusual chores ever by an astronaut. At the behest of the Japanese Space Agency JAX...
March 01, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
The latest in sightseeing tours, brought to you by Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin.
March 2011 | By Marshall Lumsden
How B-29 crews trained to drop the bomb.
March 2011 | By Carl Posey
In orbit, it’s all about connections.
March 2011 | By Michael Klesius
The new, supersonic face of e-warfare.
March 2011 | By D.C. Agle
The Navy's first pilot and 10 more milestones.
March 2011 | By The Editors
CANCELLED: Israel's Arieh Fighter
March 2011 | By Gary Rashba
Change comes to the place where spaceflight was born.
March 2011 | By Michael Cassutt
A race across the Pacific.
March 2011 | By Richard A. Durose
March 2011 | By J.R. Dailey
When radio communication took to the air.
March 2011 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
A fleet of winged spacecraft, the likes of which we'll never see again.
March 01, 2011 | By Michael Klesius
Most histories of space travel credit the first use of the rocket countdown to a work of fiction: Fritz Lang's 1929 science fiction film, "Frau im Mond" (Woman in the Moon).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaVLaD4vfBcMaybe not, though. British science fiction writer George Griffith used the same dram...
February 26, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
A seemingly trivial event has revealed some schadenfreude about NASA, along with a lot of irritation. Apparently (as is their wont) the fertile minds running our national space agency decided that the time has come (once again) for a new and improved vision statement – out with the old and in with...
February 23, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
Busy days in Earth orbit.Space Shuttle Discovery is set to make its last voyage tomorrow, with liftoff planned for 4:50 p.m. Florida time. If all goes according to plan, Europe's Johannes Kepler unmanned cargo vehicle will have docked with the space station earlier in the day (at 10:45 U.S. Eastern...
February 23, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
Thousands of Air Force pilots trained on the Holloman centrifuge. Now a better ride is coming.
February 11, 2011 | By Mark Betancourt
"Those who have never seen a living Martian can scarcely imagine the strange horror of its appearance.... Even at this first encounter, this first glimpse, I was overcome with disgust and dread." —H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds, 1898.Wells wasn't alone in thinking Red Planet Dwellers would be a comp...
February 10, 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
The X-47B, an unmanned combat vehicle being developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Navy, made a successful first flight at California's Edwards Air Force Base on February 4.The X-47B is no small toy—it's about the size of the retired Grumman F-14 Tomcat. It will continue to work toward the ...
February 07, 2011 | By Mike Klesius
A recently published science paper presented results of a re-analysis of seismic (moonquake) data sent to the Earth from a network emplaced by the Apollo astronauts 40 years ago. The scientists processing the old data found that the Moon may have more than a simple core – it may have a layered, pa...
February 04, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis