Aerospace ScienceThe study of air and space flight, astronomy and the effect of flight on living organisms
November 2009 | By Ken Scott
What we still have to learn about the Northern Lights.
November 2009 | By Tim Wright
In Nowheresville, Nebraska, the Air Force learned a thing or two about turbulence.
November 2009 | By Dave Manoucheri
In the 1950s Harvey Allen solved the problem of atmospheric entry. But first he had to convince his colleagues.
November 2009 | By Andrew Chaikin
What's cool about the universe is that if you stare at nothing long enough, you'll see something big. That's what scientists have done with the Hubble Space Telescope a few times, creating the enchanting Hubble Deep Field images with swarms of galaxies that have opened our eyes to the immensity of ...
October 30, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
The science team of the Japanese Kaguya mission have just published a paper claiming to have found an opening to a cave on the Moon. Such a discovery is a potentially important development for future lunar habitation. Lava tubes are large caves created during the volcanic eruption of a very fluid...
October 27, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. – Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince.In his famous book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn described two t...
October 23, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
Just when you thought Saturn's ring situation couldn't get any cooler than the recent equinox photos by Cassini, make way for the mega-ring. Astronomers Anne Verbiscer, Michael Skrutskie, and Douglas Hamilton just announced that they've discovered a fantastically huge ring around Saturn. Their tool...
October 09, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
Water is an extremely useful substance in space. The recent finding of water on the Moon has generated considerable comment in the space community; a quick search on Google using the phrase “lunar water” returns over 7.66 million hits. Lunar water’s significance lies not in its role as a medium f...
October 04, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
Some people go to Las Vegas to gamble, others to learn about Mars.
September 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
As NASA prepares to shut down a historic wind tunnel in Virginia, some hope for a stay of execution.
September 10, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
How can we find other Earths if their suns keep blinding us?
September 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
September 2009 | By Tom Crouch
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
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
August 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Mr. Ian Sheffield of Edinburgh Scotland is miffed. He claims to have not one, but two dust samples of the Moon—one from the Apollo 11 mission and another from the Apollo 15 mission. He explains that he bought these lunar samples “from a dealer” about 3 years ago. The article does not indicate how ...
July 24, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
“Your job is not to envision the future, but to enable it.” – Antoine de St. ExuperyOriginally, I had not planned to write anything for the blog today; the web is already inundated with retrospective-, perspective-, nostalgia-laden, crying-in-my-beer pieces on today’s 40th anniversary of the Apollo...
July 16, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis