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May 2014

May 2014


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


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

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