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August 2012

Air & Space August 2012

Cover, Contents & Departments

Viewport, Letters, What’s Up, Soundings, In the Museum, Above & Beyond, Oldies & Oddities



Sightings, Reviews & Previews, Credits, Forecast, Moments & Milestones



Features



Emissary

Never send a man to do a robot's mission.

By David Freed



Rover Tracks

For all its traveling, NASA's last Mars rover only covered about the same ground as a familiar theme park.

By Heather Goss



Invaders From Earth

Will any of these robots win a trip to Mars?

By Leonard David



First Neighborhood on Mars

The creator of The Sims imagines us on the Red Planet.

By Will Wright



Why Mars?

How stories, real and invented, keep pulling us back.

By Robert Crossley



Martians Among Us

In this rowdy assembly, you'll find at least one you know.

By The Editors



Mars Mike

An elder statesman of space exploration wants pieces of Mars brought here.

By Paul Hoversten



Mars Journal

From the people who know Mars best, a collection of close encounters.

By The Editors



Orville, Wilbur and Me

You too can fly a Wright aircraft.

By Phil Scott



Antonovs in America

Where the world’s biggest biplane is under-employed.

By Tom Harpole



Steinbeck’s Dispatches From Vietnam

In 1966, the author of The Grapes of Wrath met a new working class: Hueys, Hercs, and Spooky.

By The Editors