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All the Smithsonian’s one-of-a-kind aircraft
August 14, 2012 | By Patricia Trenner
Autopilot is one of the greatest inventions ever for pilots. But have we paid a price?
August 10, 2012 | By Steve Satre
The radio telescope at England's Jodrell Bank Observatory got the news scoop of the century in the early days of the space race.
August 08, 2012 | By Paul D. Spudis
As the rover rocketed down to the Martian surface, the team at JPL could only wait and hope.
August 06, 2012 | By Bruce Lieberman
Director James Cameron's 3D camera may have been bumped from the Curiosity Mars lander. But MARDI will give us first-time color views of the descent.
August 03, 2012 | By Tony Reichhardt
Does the history of two early pioneers of aviation offer an analogy for spaceflight?
July 31, 2012 | By Paul D. Spudis
Almost 100 aircraft were lost in the river during World War II alone, and it's not certain how many are still to be recovered.
July 27, 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
Two decades later, three scientists are rewarded for discovering a new body of objects in our solar system.
July 25, 2012 | By Heather Goss
As the world's athletes put on their game face, the British Army prepares for aerial attack.
July 24, 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
America's first woman in space describes the beauty of Earth from orbit.
July 2012 | By Sally Ride
The development of SpaceX's Falcon 1 is a story of promise -- and partial fulfillment.
July 22, 2012 | By Paul D. Spudis
Localized bubbles of high magnetic intensity may explain some enigmatic lunar surface features
July 19, 2012 | By Paul D. Spudis
115 years ago today, three Swedish explorers set off on the only attempt ever to reach the Pole by balloon.
July 11, 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
The world's first transatlantic TV broadcast included a quip from President Kennedy and folk dancing in Quebec.
July 10, 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
The Space Exploration Initiative and the Vision for Space Exploration -- two proposals, two failures. Why?
July 02, 2012 | By Paul D. Spudis
July 02, 2012 | By Paul Hoversten
The Annual Bensen Days fly-in welcomes rotorheads.
July 2012 | By Bill Wilson
Planning a visit to the Museum? We provide some helpful hints.
July 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
Naval aviators push Qaddafi's buttons in a 1981 exercise.
July 2012 | By Commander Thompson E. Sanders U.S. Navy (Ret.)
When flying in Papua, be prepared for surprises.
July 2012 | By Nate Gordon