Space ProgramsNASA, Soviet and Russian space programs and the International Space Station
Got time to kill this year? Consider blunting your teeth on the 648-page tome First Man, the 2005 authorized biography of Neil Armstrong, by James R. Hansen. Exhaustively researched doesn't quite do justice to the book, which starts off excavating Armstrong's roots back to 13th century Scotland, wh...
March 31, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
For the first time, scientists have recovered pieces of a rock tracked all the way from space to its meteoric demise in Earth’s atmosphere. And for the first time, Westerners are hearing how that fireball (which we wrote about in our April/May 2009 issue) appeared to people on the ground in norther...
March 25, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Cube life got you down? Download Voices of the Sky from Smithsonian Folkways and “tighten your safety belt, locate the nearest emergency exit, study the instructions for inflating your life jacket the courage—and the wattage—to turn up the sound to runway volume.”Besides offering terrific liner ...
March 24, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Combine instant celebrity with cute, furry (though slightly creepy) animals, and you have pretty much the perfect subject for Web 2.0. The ex-bat that clung to space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank during blast-off last week now has its own Twitter site, YouTube videos, web sites and Faceboo...
March 23, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Should we be surprised that the first “Educator Astronauts” to fly in space won’t actually be teaching lessons from orbit? Maybe it’s a sign of progress. Ricky Arnold and Joe Acaba, who were both classroom teachers before joining NASA in 2004, will be plenty busy on their two-week STS-119 mission. ...
March 16, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
The Daily Planet, my new companion blog here at Air & Space magazine, highlights a speech recently given by my good friend Dr. Neil Tyson at the Space Foundation breakfast. Noted is Neil’s oft-mentioned concept that historically, three drivers are responsible for societies or nations undertaki...
March 15, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, famous for popularizing science in the tradition of Carl Sagan, was in the nation's capital yesterday, where he spoke with aerospace journalists at a Space Foundation breakfast. For 13 years, Tyson has been the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Amer...
March 13, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
Astronaut Sandy Magnus, who's been living on the International Space Station for four months, and whose ride home (space shuttle Discovery) is due to blast off from Cape Canaveral on March 15, is something of a cook, apparently. And she's been trying to jazz up the menus inside the orbiting outpost...
March 11, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
If collecting space memorabilia is your thing, check out the 2009 April Signature Space Exploration Auction. Among the items up for bid from astronauts' personal collections are the bifocals John Young wore on the first Spacelab flight (right), a hand controller grip used by Gene Cernan during the...
March 09, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
A spacecraft bites the lunar dust.
March 2009 | By Mohi Kumar
There seems to be no end of new “strategic plans” designed to “save” our nation’s space program from the purgatory of mediocrity. The latest entry into the strategic planning sweepstakes comes from the Baker Institute at Rice University. Originally, I had planned to say nothing about this report,...
February 20, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
Where do you take your next vacation after you’ve been to space? If you’re billionaire Charles Simonyi, you go back.
February 19, 2009 | By Irene Klotz
February 2009 | By Michael Klesius
How the Ranger probes’ moon crashes helped pave the way for Apollo.
January 21, 2009 | By Paul Hoversten
It would appear that we are in the midst of yet another attempt to define the goals and objectives of our national space program. This time, the National Academy of Sciences is conducting a study on the Rationale and Goals of the U. S. Civil Space Program. After completion, this study will no dou...
January 09, 2009 | By Paul D. Spudis
A new fitness machine on the space station brings astronaut exercise into the 21st century
December 31, 2008 | By airspacemag.com
Sending Apollo 8 to the moon was a risky mix of cold war politics, bravery, and the faith of one man, George Low, in his engineers.
December 19, 2008 | By Michael Klesius
There’s a huge hubbub in the press revolving around alleged “obstructionism” at NASA toward the Presidential Transition team. As this rather overwrought piece at the Orlando Sentinel has been posted and commented upon endlessly at several web sites, I do not propose to rehash it. Instead, I want ...
December 12, 2008 | By Paul D. Spudis
50 indelible images from the first 50 years of spaceflight
November 2008 | By The Space History Division, National Air and Space Museum
A small malfunction lands three astronauts on Russia’s version of the Red Planet.
November 2008 | By Don Pettit