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March 2016

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How to Land a House on Mars

NASA thought it knew, until an alarming failure last summer.

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Missiles Killing Missiles

The Army’s 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade does a dress rehearsal of a nuclear attack.

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How Things Work: Space Fence

The new early-warning system to protect spacecraft from orbiting junk.

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The Raptor Strikes

An F-22 pilot opens up about the fighter’s first combat.

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Across the Continent in a Homebuilt

Some pilots build airplanes just to travel far.

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The Quiet Force Behind Apollo

How a research engineer came to lead NASA to the moon.

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What’s the X-37 Doing Up There?

The Air Force isn’t saying, so we asked other spaceplane experts.

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From Here to Obscurity

He was one of the great original airshow pilots. Why did he hide his past?

Departments

Soundings

Soundings: The Underwater Airship

Exploring the wreckage of the USS Macon, which went down off the California coast 80 years ago.

Above & Beyond

The Ghost of FAU 571

Soundings

Soundings: Arrow Quest

Interview

Air & Space Interview: Tom Costello

TV reporter Tom Costello recounts what he’s seen and learned in a decade of covering commercial aviation accidents.

Oldies and Oddities

The Devil’s Solar Observatory