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All About Space Annual

All About Space Annual

Vol 4

Mankind has gone to great lengths to explore space. It is a natural curiosity that has led us to build incredible machines and push the boundaries of what we thought was possible. In the All About Space Annual Volume 4, you'll find a collection of the best articles from the last year of All About Space magazine. From the incredible space experiments and record-breaking astronauts to multiverse theories and the hunt for wormholes, this is the perfect book for any space fan. Featuring: 50 greatest discoveries of all time - The most astonishing advances is space science as chosen by readers. Are we alone in the Solar System? - Can our neighbourhood provide the answer to the quest for alien life? Think you know our Sun? - We’re still in the dark when it comes to knowing everything about our star. What happened before the Big Bang? - Was there a time before the birth of the universe?

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to the all about space annual

This year we’ve celebrated 10 years of orbiting Mars, as a decade ago NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) arrived at the Red Planet, and the decision has been made for Dawn to continue orbiting and exploring Ceres. Space exploration is uncovering new wonders with every step. In the All About Space Annual 2017 we take a look at the record-breaking astronauts journeying outside our atmosphere and the planets that make up our Solar System and our cosmic backyard. We journey beyond our home Solar System and even the Milky Way, observing Venus-like exoplanets and Earth’s violent universes. We dive into the depths of worm holes and take a look at some of the incredible experiments that have been conducted on the ISS. Then we look to the future to the…

50 min.
50 greatest discoveries

The votes are in and counted and now All About Space presents the greatest astronomical discoveries of all time, as chosen by our readers. Some of the greatest moments in space science have come as humans have gazed up to the heavens, sent spacecraft to explore other worlds, and marvelled at how nature has developed this wonderfully complex cosmos that we live in. Science is also a cumulative process, where one discovery leads to another and so on, and astronomy is no different. The discovery that there are galaxies beyond the Milky Way led to the discovery of the expansion of the universe, for example. As we run down the 50 greatest discoveries to celebrate All About Space's 50th issue in April 2016, it’s worth remembering all the other discoveries, some…

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are we alone in the solar system?

Potentially habitable worlds in the Solar System Mars So much has been said about Mars’ potential habitability. As the fourth planet from the Sun, it sits at the edge of the habitable zone where conditions are almost right for liquid water to exist. Recent evidence has shown there were once vast bodies of water on the surface billions of years ago, and there are still dribbles of water today. But we still don’t know if it did, or still does, host life. Europa Jupiter’s moon Europa is one of the icy satellites believed to have a vast ocean beneath its frozen crust that extends several miles deep. Here, life would be protected from solar radiation, while Europa’s eccentric orbit around Jupiter pushes and pulls the core, providing a heat source on the seabed. Plumes…

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hunting for life on mars

ExoMars is set to be the first European-led rover to land on the surface of Mars. Its launch on a Russian rocket is scheduled for 2018 and, despite concerns that this might slip back, this would allow for a Mars landing in 2019 with the help of a Russian-built lander. Compared to NASA’s Curiosity rover, it weighs about 600 kilograms (1,320 pounds) less at 310 kilograms (680 pounds), and it will rely on solar power while Curiosity has a nuclear power source – plutonium-238. The biggest difference, though, is their goals. While Curiosity was sent to ascertain the habitability of Mars in the past and present, ExoMars will be directly searching for the possibility of life on the Red Planet today. The suite of instruments on board ExoMars includes a drill, which…

14 min.
how we'll find another earth

The first discovery of an exoplanet heralded a revolution for astronomy, eventually revealing just how many such objects could exist in the galaxy. It turns out that they are a legion. Now a second, more exciting revolution is taking place in exoplanetary science: the search for habitable, Earth-like worlds. When the first exoplanets – planets in other star systems – were being found from 1989 onwards, they were initially gas giants like Jupiter, and quite often much larger. Exoplanet detection was very much in its infancy throughout the 1990s due to the technological limitations of the time, so it made sense that large gas giants – and even larger ‘brown dwarf objects’ – would be the first targets to be spotted. Those orbiting very close to their parent stars also generated…

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record-breaking astronauts

There appears to be a record for just about anything. From the longest fingernails and the fastest tortoise to the largest arcade machine and the wealthiest cat, they can range from the curious to the downright weird. Tens of thousands of people from virtually every country across the globe clamour for a place in the record books each year, but few are as out-of-this world as the feats that have taken place in space. In April this year, Guinness World Records confirmed that ESA astronaut Tim Peake had achieved the fastest marathon in orbit, having run the London Marathon 400 kilometres (249 miles) above Earth on the International Space Station (ISS) in a rapid three hours, 35 minutes and 21 seconds. In March 2015, it awarded two world records to a…