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Private rocketeers snuck their own “star” into orbit, and it will be visible from earth

When Mike Melvill piloted the first private vehicle to reach space, he enjoyed a hidden bag of M&Ms in microgravity. Elon Musk put an enormous wheel of cheese in the first SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that took to orbit, inspired by Monty Python. And, when Rocket Lab’s Electron reached orbit for the …

Space Exploration

Living on the edge: 21 of the world's most dramatic villages

Italian Riviera

Airplane Wings Actually Twist While They Fly — but Don't Freak Out

It's a good thing, really.<p>Don’t panic, but there’s something you should know about the next plane you fly on: Airplane wings actually twist in flight.<p>…

What is the major difference between Airbus and Boeing Airplane design?

Okay so for a start, if you would like to distinguish between the two with only a glance, chances are you might be getting it a bit wrong.<p>Why?<p>Because …

BAE's MAGMA stealth drone has a completely smooth surface with no moving parts

MAGMA is lighter, stealthier, and more efficient than conventional aircraft.<p>BAE Systems has designed a new drone that can fly and manoeuvre in the …

Aerospace

Seventy-Eight Years of Jet Fighters

On Aug. 27, 1939, a stubby-winged airplane made of unpainted steel alloy took off over Germany and soared into history. Instead of a pointy propeller …

Military

Awesome prototype planes: 1949 to 2017

<b>(CNN) —</b> Aircraft manufacturers have produced some magnificent planes throughout aviation's history, and while many have ruled the skies, some have barely left the ground.<p>In fact, there have been a number of fascinating aviation projects that were canceled for political, financial and technical …

Aerospace

Airbus and Bombardier tie-up could signal shift in aviation empires

The Airbus A318 is an odd little plane: short, stubby and unpopular.<p>While many aircraft are designed with a possible “stretch” (extending the …

100 Years of Rocketry and Research at NASA’s Langley Facility

See pioneering mathematicians, giant wind tunnels powered by submarine engines, and hypersonic rocket models.<p>In July 1927, NACA—the National Advisory …

When Flying, Is Taking Off Really More Dangerous Than Landing?

<i>Is taking off more dangerous than landing? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from</i> …

Discovery of 50km cave raises hopes for human colonisation of moon

Japan says lunar chasm measuring 50km long and 100 metres wide could be used as a base for astronauts and their equipment<p>Scientists have fantasised for centuries about humans colonising the moon. That day may have drawn a little closer after Japan’s space agency said it had discovered an enormous …

Space Exploration

1902 Wright Brothers' Glider Tests

Compared to their previous gliders, the Wrights’ 1902 glider had a much thinner airfoil and longer and narrower wings, which their wind tunnel tests …

6 ways the future of flying will be amazing

For the most part, the airlines and the companies that make their planes are not all that well equipped to react quickly to change. A new plane takes more than a decade to put into service and its designed to keep flying for several subsequent decades.<p>Usually, a major industry-wide overhaul to …

Aerospace

Body Clock Researchers Win Nobel Prize

Breaking News Emails<p>Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.<p>SUBSCRIBE<p>Three American researchers won the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday for discovering what makes us tick — the molecular circuitry of the body clocks that control …

Nobel Prize

10 Super Useful Code Generators for Web Designers

Code generators can be a web designer’s best friend for a couple of reasons. For one, they can often help you learn new techniques or brush up on …

Web Design

How Fast Is Hypersonic Speed, Really?

A few rough examples to help you wrap your mind around ludicrous speed.<p>If you have a need for speed, the next frontier is hypersonic. The United States is currently developing hypersonic missiles that travel in excess of 6,000 miles per hour. The hypersonic SR-72 is reported to be making great …

Aerospace

194 Photo Editing Tools and Apps You Should Know

Hello, photographers. Here’s a giant list of 194 photo editing tools and apps you can use in your photography.<p>I started this research for my project …

The 10 Best Travel Tips of All Time

With these insights, going from tourist to traveler just got a whole lot easier.<p>In our office, between conversations about visas and gorging on international chocolate, we often discuss the difference between a tourist and a traveler. There's a quote by English writer G. K. Chesterton that we keep …

West Palm Beach

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Astrophysics

Odyssey Europe

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography German farmers fleeing. Near Wesel, Germany. March 24th, 1945. © Robert Capa © International Center …

Why you can't fly a plane to space

Why can't you fly a plane to space?<p>Turns out, you couldn't even make it halfway.<p>We chatted with Jim Gregory, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Ohio State University, to learn more.<p>Part of the problem is Earth's gravity. You need to escape it in order to reach space.<p>This …

Ohio State University
Astronomy

Cassini, one of humanity's best spacecraft, is officially dead at Saturn

No one can ever say that Cassini went quietly into its good night.<p>At about 7:55 a.m. ET on Friday, mission controllers on Earth got official word …

Astronomy

Henri Cartier-Bresson's Mexico

Henri Cartier-Bresson Los Remedios near Mexico City. Mexico. 1963. © Henri Cartier-Bresson | Magnum Photos<p>Henri Cartier-Bresson was 26 when he first …

Nobody wants to be a pilot anymore — here's how working for an airline lost its glamour

One airline ventured to blame its 2016 bankruptcy on its inability to hire enough pilots, and even at always-profitable and carefree Southwest Airlines, the challenge of recruiting millennial aviators keeps middle management awake at night. "The biggest problem," a Southwest executive told …

Aviation

Aerospace Giant Rises: Threat To Boeing?

Boeing somewhat sparked the acquisition itself.<p>Many expect a reduced possibility for jet makers to reduce costs in supply chain.<p>The duopoly remains …

Lockheed Unveils New Version of Legendary SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is rightly viewed as a legend. Best known as a recon plane that nobody could hit, it even was considered as the basis …

13 Easy Greek Dishes That’ll Transport You to Greece

You’ve had many day dreams where you’re sitting on the shores of Mykonos, surrounded by the sea and gorgeous white and blue buildings. Ahhh… the wanderlust is so very real. For a quick Mediterranean fix, try a night filled with delicious homemade Greek dishes including all of hummus and pita and …

Cooking

New Ceramic Plane Coating Could Be Used in Hypersonic Flight

It's all about handling the heat.<p>British and Chinese scientists have created a new type of ceramic coating for planes that could be 12 times more effective at dissipating heat than what's currently on the market. The coating, made out of zirconium carbide, could solve a major problem in developing …

Aerospace