Jay Bennett

Associate Editor

Jay Bennett is the associate editor of PopularMechanics.com. He has also written for Smithsonian, Popular Science and Outside Magazine. 

You Should Read "The Right Stuff"
Celebrated author and journalist Tom Wolfe died today at 88. Even if you are not an aerospace buff, you should read his classic book ab…
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How to Fly a Helicopter on Mars

Flying a helo in the hairline atmosphere of Mars is one of JPL's biggest challenges yet.

Block 5 Lifts Off—SpaceX's Newest Rocket (Updated)

After an aborted attempt yesterday, Block 5 successfully launches to space.

The Mysteries of the Golden Ratio Explained by Math and Sunflowers
This number, approximately 1.62, has fascinated mathematicians and artists for centuries—but perhaps not for the reasons you thin…
SpaceX Scrubs Falcon 9 Block 5 Launch for Today (Updated)

The upgraded Falcon 9 Block 5 is ready to fly the Bangabandhu-1 satellite for Bangladesh.

The Search for Dark Matter Continues, More Than a Mile Underground

The search for WIMPs—the leading candidate for dark matter particles—is kicking into high gear.

Extremely Large Telescope Construction Is Under Way in Chile

The ELT will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world, with a primary mirror stretching 39 meters.

ULA Launches NASA's InSight Spacecraft to Mars (Updated)

InSight has started its six-month journey to Mars.

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The First Interplanetary CubeSats Are Set to Fly to Mars

Small satellites have started to fill the orbits of Earth. Now NASA is sending the first pair to Mars.

Private Companies Took Over Rocket Launches. Can They Do the Same For Moon Landers?

NASA has decided to scrap its own rover, Resource Prospector, and fund lunar lander programs from private industry.

The Plan to Return Samples From Mars Takes a Step Forward

NASA and ESA agree to explore concepts for returning a precious sample of red soil.

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15 Patents That Changed the World
The drone. The iPhone. Bluetooth. GPS. Before they changed the world, these technologies were schematics on paper. Here are the drawing…
NASA's High-Speed Cannon Used to Explore the Origins of Water on Earth

Researchers fro Brown headed to NASA Ames to fire some projectiles at the Vertical Gun Range—for science.

Any Aliens on Super-Earths Would Have a Tough Time Flying to Space

The strong gravity of a larger version of Earth could ground any Super-Earthling rockets.

Japan Wants Lockheed Martin to Make an F-22/F-35 Hybrid

Sources tell Reuters that Japan is discussing plans for a new air superiority fighter with international contractors.

The Number of Known Alien Worlds Is About to Increase By as Much as 400 Percent

The search for new planets continues with today's launch of NASA's TESS space telescope.

SpaceX Successfully Launches TESS Space Telescope (Updated)

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is going to continue the search for worlds orbiting other stars.

Stratolaunch Plans First Flight of Its Giant Plane for This Summer

Three more taxi tests are on the schedule before the enormous aircraft takes its maiden flight.

SpaceX Launch of NASA's TESS Space Telescope Scrubbed Until Wednesday (Updated)

NASA's next space telescope will hunt for planets orbiting other stars.

NASA's Next Great Planet Hunter Has Arrived
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), set to launch April 16, will find thousands of new exoplanets to search for signs of …
Virgin Galactic Conducts First Rocket-Powered Flight of VSS Unity

The new aircraft fired up its rocket engine for the first time this morning.

To Find Life in Our Galaxy, Follow the Phosphorus
New research into the composition of supernova remnants suggests phosphorus might be isolated in parts of the galaxy—and phosphor…
NASA Picks Lockheed Martin to Make Low-Boom Supersonic X-Plane
Lockheed, whose Skunk Works division did initial work on the jet, wins the $247.5 million contract to build a quieter plane that could …
SpaceX Launches Mission to the International Space Station (Updated)

A used Dragon spacecraft full of cargo and science experiments is ready to fly on a flight-proven Falcon 9.

Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Burns Up Over the Pacific Ocean

The one-time orbiting space lab is now confined to the bottom of the ocean.

Tiangong-1 Reenters the Atmosphere Over the Pacific (Updated)

Live updates: China's first space station has crashed back down to Earth.

Falling Chinese Space Station to Crash This Weekend

Tiangong-1 is about to burn up in the atmosphere.

Watch SpaceX Launch the First Rocket of Two Back-to-Back Flights

A launch from the west coast followed by a launch from the east.