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Major Doug Pearson

The First Space Ace

F-15 vs. Satellite

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2017 Photo Contest Winners

The best shots from this year’s competition.

Near Shanghai’s Lungwha field

Black Christmas

Zero visibility and four aircraft inbound: It quickly became the worst single day in early commercial aviation.

Opportunity

Adventures on the Martian Trail

Highlights from a rover’s 14-year trek.

Boron, California, consecrated its ties to test pilots with a town museum.

Where the Wild West Meets the Cosmos

On the far side of Edwards Air Force Base, a quirky museum of flight.

Penguin Poop

Penguin Spotting

You’d be surprised what you can see from 300 miles up.

Walter E. Lees

Three Days in a (Really) Stinking Airplane

The diesel engine that commanded an endurance record for more than 50 years.

Departments

Above & Beyond

My Week With Willie the Whale

Oldies and Oddities

Betting on the Moon

In the Museum

The Strange Tale of Elmo Pickerill

A&S NEXT

I Love My Job and Here’s How I Got It

This young pilot is chasing her dream to fly the C-5 galaxy.

A&S NEXT

Road Trip: On the Trail of a Tornado

Purdue students are among those trying to determine why tornadoes in the southeast are so deadly.

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Across a Wide Ocean

Maybe because it was published in Esperanto.

Milestone

Small Shot

Rocket Lab debuts its Electron launcher from New Zealand.

Space—the New Golden Age

Will the wagers of a few entrepreneurs yield a golden age in space exploration?