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northern hemisphere of Venus

Journey to the Surface of Venus

Despite its caustic personality, the planet closest to Earth has answers these scientists want.

pilot refueling 1940 Waco on gravel strips

Got Gas?

It's more common than you think, and as dangerous as you might expect.

ALIA 250 flying over island

How Far Away Is Your Air Taxi?

The new electric, vertical-lift designs might mean it’s closer than you think.

rendering of the NAtion of Speed gallery, with car on display

The Fast Frontier

From Glenn Curtiss’s motorcycle to the SR-71 Blackbird.

Celera

Good Egg

Its unusual shape helps it travel more miles on a single tank of gas.

model of the JWST

The Telescope That Will Change Astronomy

After years of delay and frustration, the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to launch.

prototype AirLander 10 airship

Airships Rise Again

Zero emissions and a million pounds of lift renew the appeal of these century-old giants.

Departments

Viewport

A Peek at the Future

From the Acting Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Interview

Eagles Over Iraq

Flying the F-15 to victory in Desert Storm.

Sightings

Star Shooter

Bill Taub created an intimate historical record of the first Americans in space.

I Was There

Return of the Caribou

The B-29 stayed in Greenland, but the caribou made it (barely) home.

Up to Speed

A Planespotter Spots Trouble

When danger is more apparent from far away.

Up to Speed

Electric Pulitzer

A century-old prize is revived for a new age.

One More Thing

'Star Wars' X-wing Starfighter

This full-size movie prop helped the Rebel Alliance defeat the Galactic Empire.