One year ago today, NASA’s nuclear-powered Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity epically landed landed on mars in the most absolutely of dramatic fashion. The “sky crane” landing, dubbed “7 minutes of terror,” required the transformation into six different configurations, all of which worked exactly as intended. Since landing, Curiosity has found evidence of extraterrestrial water, discovered […]
On this day in 1964, the Vietnam War’s first U.S. air operations take place. Terrorists attack Athens Airport in 1973. In 1981, Ronald Reagan fires 11,500 air traffic controllers.
The Mars Curiosity rover, aka Mars Science Laboratory, is set to land on Mars Monday morning at 1:31 AM ET. Watch live video here.
Harry Atwood lands his “Moth” biplane on the White House lawn, Howard Hughes sets a new round-the-world speed record, and more…
On August 5, computers will orchestrate the most complex landing maneuver ever attempted on another planet using the biggest Mars rover ever built.
A day of firsts: The Brooklyn Dodgers become the first baseball team to buy a plane, Pan Am launches the first all-cargo transatlantic service, a pope flies on a plane for the first time, Sputnik 1, the first satellite, falls out of orbit, and more…
An Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Science Laboratory is set to lift off from Cape Canaveral at 10:02 AM ET on Saturday.