For a brief moment on John Glenn's orbital flight, NASA's first, it looked like the astronaut wouldn't make it home alive.
Even 76 years ago, the world was in love with the idea of a flying car, and Waldo Waterman was the first person to make it happen.
In 1956, rocket engineer Walter Dornberger imagined a world where we all traveled by spaceplane.
Happy Birthday, Grand Central Terminal.
Today's phone couldn't be more different, and the technology has proven to be one of the most essential of all.
You're gettin' old, Mac.
On December 10, 911, Calbraith Perry Rodgers successfully landed the Wright EX Vin Fiz in Pasadena, CA after his 49-day transcontinental flight. He left from Sheepshead Bay, New York, on September 17, 1911 and had hoped to complete the coast to coast trip in 30 days or less to win a $50,000 prize announced by William Randolph Hearst.
When it comes to creating a picture of the Earth's magnetic history, scientists have pretty good data on the strength and direction of magnetic fields in the Northern Hemisphere, thanks to the study of ancient pottery. But, for researchers looking to make a truly complete model, the problem has been the gaps in information in the southwest Pacific.
New research suggests that Genghis Khan may have been aided by (natural, not man-made) climate change in his quest to run rampant over most of Eurasia. Studies of tree-rings from the period between Khan's ascendance, conquest and death showed conditions that benefited a Mongol horde.
"Fifi," the last flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, has been grounded because of engine failure. The plane traveled regularly for appearances and at airshows and museums. A crowd-funded campaign has begun, in hopes of raising the $250,000 necessary to put Fifi back in flight.