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For the scientists and engineers who drive the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, Mars exploration is personal.
March 2010 | By Michael Klesius
One of the most versatile aircraft of the Vietnam War appears on the verge of a comeback.
March 2010 | By William E. Burrows
Would a fighter pilot shoot down a private airplane?
March 2010 | By Craig Mellow
There aren’t many companies that can make an airliner fit for a king.
March 2010 | By Roger A. Mola
Kelly Johnson was a giant in aircraft design. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, we find out how his legend grew.
March 2010 | By Peter Garrison
U.S. Marine aviators to Malaysian MiG pilots: Show us what you got.
March 2010 | By Ed Darack
Photographer Eric Curry shows how he made our March 2010 cover.
March 01, 2010 | By The Editors
Wild claims are being tossed about regarding the future U.S. space program. Recipes for success are touted and e-mailed around – concepts based more on wishful thinking than on solid science and engineering. My friend Rand Simberg refers to those who would replicate anew the means we devised to g...
February 27, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
The release of the proposed NASA budget and new “direction” has led to an intense “cage fight” in the blogosphere over who has the best rocket and the best architecture. Many “New Space” advocates are ecstatic, viewing the cancellation of the Constellation program as vindication of their view that...
February 13, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
Learning the art of the dogfight at Red Flag.
February 04, 2010 | By Randy Gordon
The release of the new proposed budget for NASA has unleashed a blizzard of news articles and commentary. The administration proposes to terminate Constellation, the agency effort to design and build a new space transportation system to carry people to low Earth orbit and beyond. In its place, th...
February 03, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
NASA’s Spirit rover goes into survival mode on Mars.
January 28, 2010 | By Michael Klesius
Yet again, the U.S. space program is in the slough of despond, whereby previous assumptions are questioned, the current path is discarded, the program is re-directed, and luminous enthusiasm heralds the new direction…And then it all tapers off to nothing.As long as we are navel-gazing during this p...
January 25, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
Boeing has released this video of a test conducted at the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Alabama last September, during which the ground-based Laser Avenger weapon blew up 50 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) of the kind used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mounted on an armored vehicle,...
January 25, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
In an interesting post at Vision Restoration, “Ray” tackles the desultory Flexible Path (FP) architecture of the Augustine committee, which calls for human missions to low gravity destinations and delays missions to the lunar and martian surface. The problems he finds with FP are similar to points...
January 23, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
A recent donation by Michael and Maureen Harrigan helps the Museum fulfill its mission.
January 21, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
What World War II fighter was a product of the Nutmeg State?
January 2010 | By James Wynbrandt
Deciphering the cratering history of the Moon is an important scientific problem. My previous post discussed early lunar cratering history, the apparent impact “cataclysm” 3.8 billion years ago, its significance to Earth’s early history and how remaining questions might be resolved by collecting a...
January 11, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
NASA recently announced that it has down-selected three New Frontiers mission concepts for additional study. One of these missions, Moonrise, proposes to return rock and soil samples from the floor of the largest impact crater on the Moon, the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin, centered on the souther...
January 09, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
It's nice when an expensive new machine works as advertised—nicer still when that machine has the ability to revolutionize a whole field of science.At this week's meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, scientists couldn't stop gushing about the exquisite performance of NASA's K...
January 08, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt