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May 2014

May 2014

Cover, Contents & Departments

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



Sightings, Reviews & Previews, Credits, Forecast, One More Thing




Features



The Spacewalk That Almost Killed Him

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

By Tony Reichhardt



Cops and Robots

Law enforcement prepares for its newest rookies: drones.

By Mark Betancourt



Slow Boat to Space

A little company dreams of replacing rocket power with buoyancy.

By Mark Karpel



Comet Chaser

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

By Guy Gugliotta



Solo Around the World

Twenty-seven years after Amelia Earhart tried, Geraldine Mock did it.

By Amy Saunders



Old, Bold Pilots

In Oceanside, California, there are 300 of them. And oh, the stories they tell.

By Stephen Joiner



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.

By Chad Slattery



The Most Talented Aviation Pioneer You’ve Never Heard of

Starling Burgess beat the Wright brothers at their own game.

By Paul Glenshaw