Articles | Air & Space Magazinehttps://www.airspacemag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 19 Jan 2018 19:00:00 +0000Drones Help to Map Historic Jamestownhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/americas-earliest-history-uncovered-drones-180967882/Archeologists at Virginia’s 17th-century settlement have new ways to study old things.Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:00:00 +0000Martian Methane Varies with the Seasonshttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/martian-methane-varies-seasons-180967892/And microbial activity could be the reason.Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:30:08 +0000The Day a Soviet Moon Rover Refused to Stophttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/time-soviet-moon-rover-refused-stop-180967884/A formerly secret report details the triumphs and setbacks of an early lunar mission.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:00:00 +0000Why Wars Happenhttps://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/why-wars-happen-180967833/An interactive exhibit at Washington state’s Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum explores the tough question.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000It Came From Another Galaxyhttps://www.airspacemag.com/as-next/galaxy-far-far-away-180967720/A peculiar, cigar-shaped asteroid turned out to be an interstellar visitor.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000Enter Video Contest, Win $350,000https://www.airspacemag.com/as-next/student-made-video-wins-350000-180967719/The Breakthrough Junior Challenge to high school students: Explain a big scientific idea with a little film.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +000080,000 Ways to Search the Archivehttps://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/in-the-museum-6-180967715/ Plumbing the secrets of the Museum’s Tech Files.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000Before Launching Probes to Venus, NASA Had to Figure Out Exactly Where It Washttps://www.airspacemag.com/space/To-Venus-180967714/The uncertainties of early space navigation led a young JPL engineer to launch the field of radar astronomy.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000Air Traffic Control Enters the 21st Centuryhttps://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/air-traffic-calming-devices-180967713/NextGen looks to overhaul navigation and communication in U.S. airspace.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000Too Busy to Be Scaredhttps://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/above-beyond-mooney-180967712/Two fighter pilots’ vacation in a Mooney turned into an unanticipated adventure.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000Could Future Telescopes Do Without the Mirror?https://www.airspacemag.com/space/Hubble-Dinner-Plate-180967711/Tomorrow’s Hubble might be the size of a dinner plate.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000The Dark Side of Gloryhttps://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/world-war-i-pilot-ptsd-180967710/An early glimpse of PTSD in the letters of World War I aces.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000Where Real Warbirds Go to Flyhttps://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/paul-allens-warbirds-180967709/At the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, the thrill of standing face to face with the past.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000The Fighting Drones of Ukrainehttps://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/ukraines-drones-180967708/In garages and warehouses around Kiev, an army of gadgeteers takes on the Russian war machine.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000100 Days Over the South Polehttps://www.airspacemag.com/space/gusto-polar-balloon-180967707/A science balloon floats closer to the stars.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000The First Black Airmen to Fly Across Americahttps://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/banning-allen-transcontinental-flt-180967706/They took off with $25 and a dream.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000Robot Helpers Are Coming to the Space Stationhttps://www.airspacemag.com/space/space-station-robots-180967704/The astronauts are about to get some mechanical assistance.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000Danielle Rowland, Astrophysics Internhttps://www.airspacemag.com/as-next/as-next-march-180967703/A summer job at the Space Telescope Science Institute.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000The 25 Most Influential Aircraft of All Timehttps://www.airspacemag.com/as-interview/reviews-best-180967702/A new book lists the best of the best.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000About Those “Polar Lava Tubes”https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/about-those-polar-lava-tubes-180967854/When is a discovery not a discovery? When it’s just plain wrong.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:49:07 +0000When is a Drone Swarm Not a Swarm?https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/when-drone-swarm-not-swarm-180967820/A recent attack on Russian bases was coordinated, but hardly an example of artificial intelligence.Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:46:42 +0000Did the First Animals Live in a World Without Oxygen?https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/did-first-animals-live-world-without-oxygen-1-180967792/A new study suggests the answer may be yes. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:12:00 +0000John Young, True Believerhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/john-young-true-believer-180967784/The longest-serving astronaut was also among the most visionary.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:00:00 +0000When Reporting News About Aliens, Caution Is Advisedhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/when-reporting-news-about-aliens-caution-advised-180967777/Astronomers struggle with how to handle announcements (or non-announcements) about extraterrestrial contact.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:00:46 +0000How Much Water Is on the Moon?https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/how-much-water-moon-180967751/What we know, how we know it, and what we still need to know.Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:55:54 +0000Year of the Moonhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/year-moon-180967748/An hour-by-hour time lapse view of our satellite’s changing look.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:00:14 +0000Follow the Energyhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/follow-energy-180967661/How living things draw energy from the environment may be a clue to their history.Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:25:06 +000012 <em>Air & Space</em> Stories from 2017 You Need to Readhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/12-air-space-stories-2017-you-need-read-180967409/Some of our favorite space and aviation stories from the last year.Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:37:38 +0000NASA May Send a Drone to Titan in 2025https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/nasa-may-send-drone-titan-2025-180967612/The space agency selects a mission to Saturn’s moon and a comet sample return for possible future funding.Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:00:00 +0000That Secret Government Program to Track UFOs? It’s Not the Firsthttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/secret-government-program-track-ufos-its-not-first-180967597/The Air Force has been documenting weird aerial happenings since the 1940s.Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:15:00 +0000These Bacteria Survive by Drawing Trace Gases From the Airhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/these-bacteria-survive-drawing-trace-gases-air-180967592/A novel way of making a living under extreme conditions.Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Last 747https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/queen-skies-retires-180967588/The “jumbo jet” makes its final flight for a U.S. airline.Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:55:04 +0000Blue Origin Tests Its New Vehicle, and This One Has Windows https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/blue-origin-tests-its-new-vehicle-and-one-has-windows-180967579/Another step closer to the start of space tourism.Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000Why We Need Humans—Not Just Robots—On the Moonhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/why-we-need-humansnot-just-robots-moon-180967547/Machines alone won’t be able to satisfy our curiosity.Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000Human Beats AI in a Drone Race, But Just Barelyhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/drone-racing-human-barely-beats-machine-180967489/In the long term, bet on the machine.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:45:04 +0000SpaceX’s Old and Improved Launch Pad Re-Opens for Businesshttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/spacexs-old-and-improved-launch-pad-re-opens-business-tomorrow-180967492/The rocket company turns a tragedy into an opportunity.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:25:09 +0000It Came From Beyondhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/it-came-beyond-180967432/ʻOumuamua, the first known interstellar asteroid, may lead us to rethink the idea that life came here from other stars. Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000When Did Alien Sightings Turn Into Alien Abductions?https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/when-did-alien-sightings-turn-alien-abductions-180967397/Reports of encounters with extraterrestrials took a turn in the 1980s. The question is why.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:05:09 +0000<i>Artemis</i> is a Step Backwards to the Moonhttps://www.airspacemag.com/articles/artemis-180967128/Andy Weir's second novel combines fun action scenes with a snoozer corporate plot.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:16:32 +0000Just How Do You Get a Smallsat into Orbit?https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/just-how-do-you-get-smallsat-orbit-180967374/NPR’s Planet Money podcast documents the journey of a cubesat from design to launch.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:00:00 +0000French Daredevils Leap Off a Perfectly Good Mountain into a Moving Airplanehttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/french-daredevils-leap-perfectly-good-mountain-moving-airplane-180967362/James Bond once did it without a wingsuit. But these guys did it for real.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:30:51 +0000If Someone Has a Complaint About Drones, This FAA Inspector Hears About Ithttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/drone-inspector-cometh-180967347/He knows whether a drone pilot has been naughty or nice, but he also keeps the cranks off their backs.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Let’s Make Chocolate in Space!https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/chocolate-factory-orbit-180967261/Candy lovers aim for new heights. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Take a Step on Another Worldhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/take-step-another-world-180967334/What will it be like to be on the Moon? Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:40:49 +0000Best Children’s Books of 2017https://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/best-childrens-books-2017-180967161/The best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers in 2017.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:12:42 +0000Cosmic Zoo vs. Rare Earthhttps://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/cosmic-zoo-vs-rare-earth-180967308/A new book argues that complex life is common in the universe.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:49:08 +0000