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We had hoped that Japan's IKAROS solar sail would work as advertised, and it did. Here's an animated image of the fully deployed sail, taken by a "separation camera" from a short distance away.In other happenings:
The Hayabusa asteroid sample return capsule came home in spectacular style last wee...
June 17, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
Memorial Day weekend is upon us, so thoughts of heroes and remembering them are foremost in my mind. As a kid growing up in the Sixties, I saw a lot of change in our country. There was upheaval and tension here at home and around the world but the U.S. space program was a shining light that inspir...
May 28, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
Those of us in favor of human lunar return have been called “dinosaurs” because, as it’s being told, we want to repeat what this nation already did 40 years ago. If that were our mission objective, such a characterization might be valid. But who really is the dinosaur?At a recent Senate hearing, ...
May 21, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
The former Air Force historian asks, "Can anyone dispute that I had the most interesting job in the entire Air Force?"
May 2010 | By Perry Turner
Close-up photographs of the legendary World War II aircraft.
May 18, 2010 | By The Editors
The memoirs of legendary ace Robin Olds.
May 17, 2010 | By The Editors
A reader tips us off to the restoration of a rare bird.
May 17, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
Last week, the Science Team of the Mini-RF imaging radar experiment aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, met in Flagstaff, Arizona. We were there to conduct field studies of some interesting lunar analogs that occur in this area. Scientists study the planets through a variety of ...
May 15, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
While the U.S. space program is mired in political arguments over how to reach Earth orbit (something we've known how to do for 50 years), Japan's space agency JAXA, with far less money, is about to take a small but noteworthy step into the future.An HII-A launcher is scheduled to lift off from the...
May 14, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
May 2010 | By Roger A. Mola
Rare warbirds star in a California airshow.
May 11, 2010 | By Linda Shiner
The space shuttle's exhaust trail makes for a lovely sight on an April morning.
May 11, 2010 | By Michael Klesius
Flight directors at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California are troubleshooting a glitch with the distant Voyager 2 spacecraft, which is still sending back signals from the outer solar system 33 years after it was launched. According to a JPL release, ground controllers haven't received inte...
May 10, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
NASA’s new launch abort system just passed a major test. But what booster and capsule will use it?
May 06, 2010 | By Michael Klesius
The Moon is constantly bombarded by the solid debris of the Solar System. Comets, asteroids and interplanetary dust, all containing varying amounts of water, have pounded the lunar surface for billions of years. Yet until recently, the Moon was considered to be barren and bone-dry. Rock and soil...
May 02, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
May 2010 | By Robert M. White as told to Al Hallonquist
How to repossess an airliner without getting shot, or thrown in jail, or beat up, or slammed into a wall, or...
May 2010 | By Stephen Joiner
In this tables-turned scenario, the airplane shoots down the missile.
May 2010 | By Damond Benningfield
May 2010 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
Frank Cepollina takes repair calls to new heights.
May 2010 | By Robert Zimmerman