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In space I see things that are not there.
April 19, 2012 | By Don Pettit
What a rare privilege it is to be in orbit.
April 11, 2012 | By Don Pettit
...and she beckons my return. A poem.
April 03, 2012 | By Don Pettit
This year’s National Air and Space Museum lifetime achievement award winner, Burt Rutan, talks about music, golf and his favorite chair.
March 2012 | By Perry Turner
Forgotten photos show the human face of NASA's early astronaut program.
March 20, 2012 | By Tony Reichhardt
When it comes to recycling water, space station astronauts are on the frontier.
February 29, 2012 | By Don Pettit
With the F-35, Lockheed Martin takes a turn trying to make one combat plane that can do everything.
February 2012 | By Richard Whittle
In space, you can't beat the odds, but you can make a better sandwich.
February 17, 2012 | By Don Pettit
Want to set a record-breaking flight? You’ll need an observer from the National Aeronautic Association.
January 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
How do you clean out your electric razor in zero-G? Carefully.
January 25, 2012 | By Don Pettit
Art and artifacts from the Marine front lines, now on display in Washington.
January 24, 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
There is one, surprisingly—but you can't sense it directly.
January 23, 2012 | By Don Pettit
The atmosphere on edge glows with a vibrant electric blue. Did van Gogh paint this scene?
January 19, 2012 | By Don Pettit
Velcro helps us keep things from floating away at dinner time. Or so I thought.
January 18, 2012 | By Don Pettit
Sometimes your brain can play little tricks. Under some lighting conditions the Grand Canyon does not look like a canyon at all.
January 13, 2012 | By Don Pettit
How was your trip? Don't ask.
January 12, 2012 | By Don Pettit
The ISS astronauts talk about their mission so far, and what's ahead.
January 04, 2012 | By Air & Space / Smithsonian magazine
A retrospective of Burt Rutan's high-performance art.
January 2012 | By The Editors
January 2012 | By J.R. Dailey
When the Navy retired the Tomcat, my father went with it.
January 2012 | By Brad Hooker