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Could it happen again? MH370: Ten years later

By Keith Button

March 2024

A decade ago this month, a Malaysia Airlines jet took off into the night with 239 aboard, and neither the plane nor those on it were ever seen again. MH370 remains the greatest mystery in the history of civil air transportation. Could a modern jet vanish today without explanation? Keith Button investigates.

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Ice breaker

By Keith Button

March 2024

NASA may be years away from taking up a mission to explore the subsurface oceans of the icy moons Enceladus or Europa, but it continues to fund research into promising technologies for getting under the ice. Engineers at a Texas engineering firm last year made a breakthrough on one of the biggest challenges. Keith Button takes us inside the laboratory and field tests.
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A new shape for small spacecraft

By Paul Marks

March 2024

Paul Marks looks at the origin and promise of DiskSats, the flat, circular satellite format that’s edging its way toward reality.

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