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What draws me to Titan is the mystery. After 50 years of robotic exploration most other objects in the solar system have given up their secrets, at least to a first order.
October 07, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
Manned and Unmanned join forces in a training exercise.
September 30, 2011 | By John M. Doyle
Among the list of things one expects to find while sifting through former President Bill Clinton's stuff, a lost moon rock might be low on the list.
September 23, 2011 | By Heather Goss
What it was like in the pits that day.
September 19, 2011 | By Linda Shiner
We seem to be in one of those periods in which basic reasons for doing what we do as a nation are called into question.
September 17, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
Part III: Resource Utilization Considerations In Part I and Part II of this series, I examined some of the operational and scientific issues associated with a human mission to a near Earth asteroid (NEO) and contrasted them with the simpler operations and greater scientific return of a mission to the Moon. To continue the discussion [...]
September 02, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
Part II: Scientific Considerations In my last post, I examined some of the operational considerations associated with a human mission to a near Earth asteroid and how it contrasted with the simpler, easier operations of lunar return. Here, I want to consider what we might do at this destination by focusing on the scientific activities [...]
September 01, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
Can a spacecraft hop its way to winning the Google Lunar X prize?
September 2011 | By Michael Belfiore
In an annual ceremony, the last of the Doolittle Raiders recall their part in victory over Japan.
September 2011 | By Paul Hoversten
Four aircraft, 12 airmen, 25 days, 40 below zero, in the middle of nowhere.
September 2011 | By Edward Farmer
Unmanned aerial vehicles redefine the term "nonstop flight."
September 2011 | By Michael Milstein
An airacobra's journey to the eastern front...and back.
September 2011 | By Tim Wright
A civilian flight trainer enters the collections.
September 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
Piloting in the prone position
September 2011 | By Graham Chandler
Part I: Operational Considerations The current controversy over the direction of our national space program has many dimensions but most of the discourse has focused on the means (government vs. commercial launch vehicles) not the ends (destinations and activities). Near-Earth objects (NEO, i.e., asteroids) became the next destination for human exploration as an alternative to [...]
August 31, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
August 29, 2011 | By Paul Hoversten
The four orbiters are already taken, but thousands more shuttle-related items are still available—at no cost.
August 29, 2011 | By Mark Betancourt
These days, with so many satellite sensors looking down constantly from orbit, and so many ways to slice their data, it’s hard to remember that hurricanes used to arrive without much warning. Hurricane Irene is currently bearing down on the Turks and Caicos Islands, and may hit the east coast of the United States by [...]
August 23, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
What ever happened to the YB-49 and the XB-35?
August 16, 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
The Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopter has flown a stunning but standard maneuver—the aft-wheel pinnacle landing—since 1962. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the move has reached its peak. This month as many as 5,000 pairs of boots will leave the ground, with a goal to extract 33,000 by next September. Many will exit the same way they [...]
August 10, 2011 | By Roger Mola