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The next pilots to fly a U.S. spacecraft may work for a private company.
August 05, 2011 | By Paul Hoversten
Over the years, spacecraft have seen plenty of dried-up riverbeds on Mars, along with rocks that formed in watery environments eons ago. No question about it, the Red Planet used to be wet. NASA can stop sending press announcements about water in the Martian past. We got it. Now scientists are reporting something much more [...]
August 04, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
The flood of new data from the Moon continues to enlighten and puzzle lunar scientists. Members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team have noticed an unusual landform on the far side of the Moon that was as unexpected as it might be significant. We’ve known for many years that early in its history, the [...]
August 03, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
The Battle of Britain in the words of the pilots who won it.
August 01, 2011 | By The Editors
How fractional jet owners get out of flying coach.
August 2011 | By David Freed
Every research aircraft poses a question. Sometimes the answer is "forget it."
August 2011 | By The Editors
Hint: Plan ahead.
August 2011 | By Mark Huber
The day a Douglas DC-8 busted Mach 1.
August 2011 | By Bill Wasserzieher
Who would think a kite could down a fighter?
August 2011 | By Michael Barton
Fifty years ago, the Navy ended its lighter-than-air program.
August 2011 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
Launching two very different capsules—and a space race.
August 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
August 2011 | By David Freed
Recently deceased John H. Marburger, former Science Advisor to President George W. Bush and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, had a long and distinguished career as a scientist, an administrator and public servant. I knew him through his advocacy and involvement in the development of the Vision for Space [...]
July 30, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
The shuttle has retired, but the astronauts haven’t.
July 26, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
Today is the 42nd anniversary of man’s landing on the Moon. The first step on the Moon – the step that “divided history” to use the words of the time – and the planting of the American flag there seems like a lifetime ago. As a matter of fact, it was. Tomorrow, the Space Shuttle [...]
July 19, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
Highlights from America's longest-lived space program.
July 08, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
Take a fantasy flight in a real, live Liberator.
July 2011 | By Stephen Joiner
In a new autobiography, an Apollo 15 pilot tells what it was like to fly solo.
July 2011 | By Al Worden With Francis French
A remote-controlled airplane, a camera, and a pair of goggles can put you in the (virtual) pilot's seat for as little as $500.
July 2011 | By Mark Betancourt
Military aviation prepares for the inevitable.
July 2011 | By Michael Milstein