May 2014

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Luca Parmitano

The Spacewalk That Almost Killed Him

How Luca Parmitano survived the scariest wardrobe malfunction in NASA history.

Mesa County deputy Derek Johnson

Cops and Robots

Law enforcement prepares for its newest rookies.


Slow Boat to Space

A little company dreams of replacing rocket power with buoyancy.


Comet Chaser

A European spacecraft is about to make history’s first landing on a comet.

Jerrie Mock

Solo Around the World

The 88-year-old pioneer recounts her solo flight around the world in 1964.


Old, Bold Pilots

In Oceanside, California, veteran fliers swap stories over breakfast.

Nieuport 28

Q: What Fighter Pilot Used Gum on His Windscreen as a Gunsight?

The answer* is in a new Air & Space trivia book, guaranteed to win your bar bets.


The Puzzle of Vertical Takeoff

Followed by the failure of vertical landing.

Starling Burgess

The Most Talented Aviation Pioneer You’ve Never Heard of

Starling Burgess beat the Wright brothers at their own game.


Above & Beyond

The Great Pacific Roller Coaster Ride

Tossing and turning, 8,000 feet over the Pacific, in 1945.

Flights & Fancy

When Failure Was an Option

When Reagan fired air traffic controllers in 1981, replacements had to be found. Not everyone who tried out made the cut.