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March 2014

March 2014

Features


Astronauts Waiting for a Ride

Now that the space shuttle's gone, what do astronauts do?

By Michael Cassutt


The Outrageous Adolescence of the F-16

Small, fast, and in your face.

By Eileen Bjorkman


Prize Photos

Presenting the First Air & Space Photo Contest Winners

By The Editors


DEFCON 3

Checklist for war

By James R. Chiles


News from the Dawn of Time

Will a new picture of the universe’s first light overturn a theory that has reigned for 30 years?

By Michael Milstein


Letters From a JN-4 Pilot

“Give me a Lewis gun in the cockpit of a fast fighter plane, and I know that I’d be satisfied with life.”

By William Crawford Woods


Destination Earth

If aliens were sending a probe to study this planet, where would you tell it to land?

By Heather Goss


And We Could Not Fail

How NASA became part of the nation's the civil rights revolution

By Richard Paul


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