Bruce McCandless II during a panel discussion marking the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope in 2015.

The Patient Astronaut

Bruce McCandless waited almost two decades for his first space flight.

An F-15C flies over Iraq in August 2020.

Eagles Over Iraq

Flying the F-15 to victory in Desert Storm.

Members of the STS-51L Challenger crew practice emergency escape from the launch pad in preparation for their January 1986 launch. From left: Ron McNair, Greg Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe. In the background are Judy Resnik and Ellison Onizuka.

The Astronauts on <i>Challenger</i> Made Up the Perfect Crew

Who were the men and women aboard the space shuttle on that disastrous day?

Examining the Mission Control set before a shoot on “For All Mankind,” Drexler is now a designer for the sci-fi series “The Orville.”

A <i>Star Trek</i> Fan’s Dream Job

How one man makes science fiction look real.

At Amazon, Sarah Rhoads oversees a U.S.-based fleet of transports that will grow to 85 aircraft by the end of 2022.

Delivering Air Cargo During a Pandemic Has Been No Small Feat

A former fighter pilot has what it takes to manage Amazon’s growing aviation division.

Steve Ladd loved flying the A-10. Here a Warthog releases flares to confuse heat-seeking missiles.

Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot

A veteran of the F-4 and A-10 reflects on flying—the way it used to be.

Flight Director Paul Dye presides in Mission Control during the STS-115 shuttle mission in 2006.

What It Takes to Be a NASA Flight Director

Sitting in the hot seat at NASA's Mission Control.

Kate Greene (far left) and crewmates outside their HI-SEAS habitat in Hawaii in August 2013.

Living the Martian Life, in Hawaii

A science experiment simulates what it’s like to live on another planet.

Chris Goyne inspects the test section of the Supersonic Combustion Facility at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

The Wind Tunnel Maestro

Fascinated by hypersonic flight, Chris Goyne has spent years studying exotic forms of propulsion.

Luftwaffe fighter pilot Erich Hartmann was exceedingly good at aerial combat.

Erich Hartmann, the Most Successful Fighter Pilot of All Time

A new book examines the life of the WWII German ace.

Underneath the cracked ice of Jupiter's moon Europa, there is likely a global ocean. Bluish ice in this Galileo spacecraft image is more pure water ice, while the reddish areas are ice mixed with other substances.

Exploring Alien Oceans

Extraterrestrial seas may be the next frontier for planetary science.

Terry Virts, who commanded Expedition 43 on the International Space Station, documents the enviable view from the station’s cupola.

Six and a Half Months in Orbit: Junk Food and Sublime Moments

In his new book, astronaut Terry Virts discusses the highs and lows of a long-duration tour on the space station.

A missile defense interceptor at Fort Greely, Alaska.

A New Book Profiles the Watchmen Who Guard America Against Nuclear Attack

Twenty-four hours a day—every day—U.S. Army soldiers are ready to defend the United States against incoming missiles.

The Grumman Hellcat, here sporting U.S. Navy colors, was a mainstay of carrier-based aviation during World War II.

The Last Dogfight of World War II

A new book chronicles the final air battle over the Pacific

The F-86 Sabre was a mainstay for the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Korea, the First Jet War

It was a long, hard fight for both the communist and United Nations jet pilots who battled for the right to rule MiG alley.

Mike Eilts has experienced more than his share of bad weather.

This Former Storm Chaser Helps Airline Pilots Avoid Turbulence

An interview with Mike Eilts, senior vice president at DTN.

Astronaut Kathy Sullivan during her first space shuttle mission in 1984, when she became the first American woman to walk in space.

The People Who Made Hubble Great

A spacewalking pioneer reports on the behind-the-scenes work that enabled the Hubble Space Telescope to wow the world.

Colonel Roy A. Knight Jr. went MIA after his A-1E was shot down during a strike mission over northern Laos on May 19, 1967.

This Southwest Airlines Pilot Flew His Father’s Remains Home—52 Years After He Was Shot Down

A discovery at a crash site in Laos leads to a final ceremony, and the end of a mystery.

Tammie Jo Shults during her days as a Navy pilot.

The Day Tammie Jo Shults Stepped Up

When disaster occurred at 32,000 feet, a veteran airline pilot knew exactly what to do.

NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft photographed asteroid Eros up close in 2001. Looks harmless enough from here.

How Worried Should We Be About Asteroids?

A new book explains the risk, tells us about the scientists tracking near-Earth asteroids, and offers advice on how to defend the planet.

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