Discovery launched on the first of its thirty-nine missions on August 30, 1984, with a six-person crew ready to deploy three communications satellites and conduct science experiments. Photo: NASA
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Space

Space Shuttle Discovery

The Space Shuttle came into being in the 1970s as the answer to two questions: “What should the United States do in space after sending men to the Moon?” and “How can the United States continue putting people in space at a lower cost than Read More

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History

5 Women of the Wild West

The Wild West is usually remembered as a man’s world. To an extent, it was, but there were women of the Wild West as well. The West offered women new opportunities that the East did not. These women miners, railroad builders, farmers, and Read More

As a formation of Israeli Super Sherman tanks takes up positions encircling the old town of Jerusalem from the north during the Six-Day War of 1967, a Super Sherman halts at the foot of Mount Scopus with the Hebrew University in the background. Photo: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images
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History

The M4 Sherman Tank: Beyond WWII

In the wake of World War II, the M4 Sherman tank — in all its various configurations, adaptations, and derivatives — remained one of the most recognizable and available weapons systems across the globe. As author Michael E. Haskew Read More

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History

Mascots of the US Coast Guard

A common misconception holds that the United States Coast Guard’s area of combat responsibility was limited to the coastal waters of the United States. Nothing could be further from the truth. US Coast Guard cutters, tenders, tugs, and Read More

Coalition forces drive a captured Iraqi T-72 tank off the field after fighting had subsided during Operation Desert Storm. The T-72 was produced in great numbers in the Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. However, by the 1990s it was outclassed by modern coalition tanks. The crews of many Iraqi T-72s paid the price in defeat. National Archives Source: Tank by Michael Haskew
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History

Tanks in the Gulf War

Tanks have been a vital part of our military since World War I, but they're still very much in use in the modern day. Tank technology and design have evolved since their first appearance on the military scene. Learn more about tanks in the Read More

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History

Armies of the American Civil War

The American Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865 between the Union and the secessionist southern states that made up the Confederate States of America. Here's a look at the different armies that fought in the war from Lee and Grant at Read More

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History

Benjamin Franklin’s Electric Kite Experiment

Benjamin Franklin is a founding father of the United States of America and had an influential part in the revolution. He was also a printer and an inventor. One of his most famous science experiments is with his kite and the discovery of Read More

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History

6 Famous Stops Along Route 66

Route 66 was commissioned in 1926, as a great car route west. The growth of the road coincided with the growth of neon signs for advertising. After the interstate was paved, Route 66 lost a lot of traffic. Recently there has been increasing Read More

During flight operations in the Pacific in 1943, a deck crewman waves a checkered flag as the pilot of a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber prepares to take off from the deck of the Yorktown. Other aircraft are lined up to follow on a mission to attack a Japanese base. Photo credit: National Archives
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History

Aircraft Carriers: Building the Essex

Behold the king of naval warfare: the aircraft carrier. In his in-depth, photo-rich new book, Aircraft Carriers: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Important Warships, celebrated author Michael Haskew takes readers behind the Read More

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History

US Marines: The MARSOC Creed

In US Special Ops, longtime military author and special-ops expert Fred Pushies takes on the entire scope of America's elite fighting forces, including profiles of hundreds of weapons, gear, vehicles, missions, and commandos, from Read More