Aerospace ScienceThe study of air and space flight, astronomy and the effect of flight on living organisms
You know those things on the wingtips of airliners that stick straight up? The first in a new series is all about why you're seeing more of them.
September 2001 | By George Larson
Now and then, the faintest whisper returns from NASA's distant space probes.
July 2001 | By J. Kelly Beatty
With new techniques in genetic experimentation, can biologists make hardier space dwellers?
July 2001 | By Kenneth S. Kosik
July 2001 | By Stuart Nixon
Sam Ting is on a mission: find the other half of the universe.
May 2001 | By Andrew Lawler
For every airplane, there's a region of the flight envelope into which it dare not fly.
March 2001 | By Peter Garrison
Practically the entire world uses the metric system. Is it time for the United States to follow suit?
March 2001 | By Michael Milstein
For space navigators, the best course to a distant object is never a straight line.
January 2001 | By Michael Milstein
On a clear night--with this telescope--you can see forever.
July 2000 | By Eric Adams
There are more stars in our celestial backyard than we once thought.
May 2000 | By Michael Milstein
How to build the first extraterrestrial airplane.
January 2000 | By Oliver Morton
Where to go when you want to see stars—and planets, nebulas, galaxies...
January 2000 | By Kelly Beatty
What to expect from the latests flock of X-planes.
January 2000 | By George C. Larson
All the Mars Ascent Vehicle has to do is deliver 16 ounces of rocks in a container the size of a grapefruit to Martian orbit. If only it were as easy as it sounds.
November 1999 | By Tony Reichhardt
In the early years of the cold war, enter Kelly Johnson and an clean sheet of paper--long enough to accommodate an 80-foot wingspan.
January 1999 | By William E. Burrows
The U.S. Marine Corps' sword gets a brand-new edge.
November 1998 | By George C. Larson
It didn't look remotely like a fighter plane. So why did astronauts who flew the Gemini spacecraft compare it to one?
September 1998 | By D.C. Agle
Sometimes the hardest design challenge isn't getting aircraft into the air but getting them back on the ground.
March 1998 | By John Sotham
The bigger they are, the better they fly. And they're made in Russia.
January 1996 | By Craig Mellow
In 1947, no airplane had ever gone faster than the speed of sound.
December 1990 | By Stephan Wilkinson