The Mercury Control center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, is shown during Glenn’s mission. The three orbits are inscribed on the map, as are the range of the various tracking stations for Glenn in his orbit not much more than 100 miles (160 km) above the Earth. NaSa
Space
Space

The Origins of Mission Control

Mission Control is the main set up on the ground that is used to track the ships and communicate with the astronauts in them. Although this might now seem like an obvious thing to have, mission control did not always exist. But without Read More

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History
History

How Captain Cook Chose the Right Ship

Captain Cook put a lot of thought into the ships he took out on voyages. These ships had to be built right to withstand the conditions they would encounter. Captain Cook did not believe that just any ship would do. In the passage below he Read More

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Travel + Adventure
Travel + Adventure

Route 66 Comes to an End

When Route 66 was first constructed it officially ended in downtown LA. The public however, decided that it ended at at Santa Monica pier. To show this, a movie studio put up a sign, naming it as the end of the road, which was Read More

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Aviation
Aviation

Skunk Works: 1940’s Models

Skunk Works, the historically secretive aircraft manufacturer was responsible for bringing to life the SR-71 Blackbird, an essential fighting jet. This, however was not the first, or the only plane developed by Skunk Works. Since they began Read More

Cars on the Road gas station and corner store.
Travel + Adventure
Travel + Adventure

Thirteen Amazing Miles

The shortest stretch of Route 66 is the 13 miles that run through Kansas. It was is also the only state that was bypassed when the new interstate highway replaced Route 66. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Route Read More

Flight deck crewmen aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln assemble amid a broad spectrum of colored jerseys that designate their responsibilities during flight operations. Commissioned in November 1989, the Abraham Lincoln played an integral role in relief efforts following an earthquake that ravaged large areas of Indonesia in 2004. The carrier also deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo: US Navy
Aviation
Aviation

Aircraft Carriers: Color Coding Flight Operations

Flight operations aboard a modern aircraft carrier require the seamless, perfectly choreographed efforts of a number of highly trained teams. Michael Haskew, author of Aircraft Carriers: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Important Read More

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Travel + Adventure
Travel + Adventure

3 Famous People with Texas Roots

You'll be met with a rich history almost anywhere you go in Texas. Some of that history is connected to people you might not have thought would have roots in the Lone Star State. Below are three celebrities and the Texas cities they are Read More

US Special Ops Colt 1911 Pistol
Science + Technology
Science + Technology

US Special Ops: Colt 1911 Pistol

Perhaps most interesting thing about the U.S. military are the technologies used throughout history. If you're one of the many fascinated by the weapons of elite military forces you'll be delighted by excerpts like this one from US Special Read More

Biologist Robert Clark and geologist James Wordie in their cabin, “Auld Reekie.” Photo: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Travel + Adventure
Travel + Adventure

Aboard the Endurance: An Expedition in Ice

In the words of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, the ambitious 1914 attempt to trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific was defined by “high adventure, strenuous days, lonely nights, unique experiences, and, above all, Read More

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The Natural World
The Natural World

Tremendous Triceratops

When it comes to skeletons, dinosaurs are history’s champs. Andrew Kirk takes a look at some of the skeletons these creatures left behind—and what they’ve taught us—in his book, Skeletons: The Extraordinary Form & Function of Read More

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History
History

US Navy SEALs: The SEAL Code

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

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Travel + Adventure
Travel + Adventure

Get outside and challenge yourself with Tobias Mews

Whether he's hiking up a mountain, swimming in a lake or running a marathon backwards, adventure journalist and author Tobias Mews is always on the go. So there was no better title really for his new book! GO: An inspirational guide to Read More