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If I were running the space program—which is unlikely, I admit—Saturn's moon Titan would be very high on the list of destinations for the next major planetary mission. Sure, Mars is appealing, largely because of its similarity to Earth.But take a look at this radar image of Titan's northern polar r...
September 16, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Over the long holiday weekend, Turner Classic Movies regaled us with a really obscure one – the 1960 biopic, I Aim at the Stars, starring Curd Jürgens. This movie is a biography of Wernher von Braun, the German rocket scientist who built the V-2 for Hitler and the Saturn V for America. Although n...
September 09, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
It took a maze of valves and venturis—and a trio
of tycoons—to whisk passengers into the stratosphere.
September 2009 | By Nick D'Alto
Our maxim: The airlines giveth, and the airlines taketh away.
September 2009 | By The Editors
For that satellite dish on your roof and the phone calls you make to Japan, you can thank Harold Rosen.
September 2009 | By Guy Gugliotta
There’s just no way to add 100 mph to the speed of a helicopter. Or is there?
September 2009 | By James R. Chiles
Memo to bad guys: Wanna know what U.S. warplanes you’ll tangle with in the future? Visit an aerospace model shop.
September 2009 | By Chad Slattery
An Osprey for commuters? Bring it on. Can we get a quiet car too?
September 2009 | By Mark Wolverton
Fast, green, and quiet. Come on, brainiacs, you can do it.
September 2009 | By Ed Regis
September 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
September 2009 | By Tom Crouch
Or is it just meant to make us feel like we're doing something?
August 26, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
In 1961, Alan B. Shepard’s successful 15-minute sub-orbital hop gave President Kennedy the high cover needed to announce a reach for the Moon, “by the end of this decade.” America’s spirit was lifted and Alan Shepard became a national hero, getting ticker tape parades and White House receptions. T...
August 21, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
Burt Rutan remembers the birth of the VariEze and names his favorite aircraft.
August 2009 | By Linda Shiner
A look inside the Smithsonian's Stratoliner.
August 14, 2009 | By Paul Hoversten
Even around other X-planes, the X-48B looks weird.
August 2009 | By Peter Garrison
Last week, the Augustine Commission held another public meeting in Washington DC and Dr. John Marburger testified. For those just joining our story in progress, Marburger was President Bush’s Science Advisor and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House between...
August 11, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
The Moon versus Mars controversy has reared its ugly head yet again. For the newcomers, this is the perennial “debate” among space buffs about what the next destination in space should be. I do not mean to suggest that all possibilities are encompassed by these two options; it just seems that mos...
August 03, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
Quiet, smooth, dependable—shouldn’t we be flying these by now?
August 2009 | By Peter Garrison
Most pilots would head away from a thermonuclear explosion.
August 2009 | By Mark Wolverton