NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

In his Washington Post review of Lee Billings book, Five Billion Years of Solitude, astronomer Mike Brown compressed the age of the earth into a human lifetime.

Last week on All Things Considered we talked with Jason Claffey of Exeter Patch about a community effort – a successful one - to save the Exeter UFO Festival from cancellation.

During the interview we talked about a reported UFO encounter by New Hampshire residents Betty and Barney Hill as the reason why the state plays host to a UFO festival.

Cockpit Confidential

Mar 5, 2012
Photo by Stormcrypt via Flickr Creative Commons

One thing most of us can agree on is that air travel is at best a mysterious world we don’t quite understand, and at worst, a real annoyance. For the last nine years, Salon has featured a column called "Ask the Pilot,” giving readers an opportunity to get their questions about flying answered straight from the source. Patrick Smith is a commercial airline pilot who writes the column, and he’s agreed to subject himself to our questions...and yours.