Catching up on the world of aerospace

I have been gone for a while, and it’s long past time to catch up.

New Horizons is rapidly approaching Pluto, with the flyby on July 14. Recent images show all five of Pluto’s known moons.

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MESSENGER, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, crashed on the surface of the planet on April 30, 2015, ending a spectacularly successful reconaissance mission of the innermost plant.

NuSTAR has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the “howls” of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions. This zombie-like “feeding” process differs depending on the nature of the normal star, but the result may be an eruption of X-rays.

Gizmodo has published some of the famous and influential space art of Chesley Bonestell.

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Fred George of Aviation Week & Space Technology takes the Airbus A350 for a spin. For comparison, here are links to previoius pilot reports for the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380.

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