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All About Space

All About Space

No. 99

Every issue All About Space delivers fascinating articles and features on all aspects of space and space travel with mind-blowing photography and full-colour illustrations that bring the amazing universe around us to life.

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We're returning to Pluto – and this time we're looking to stay. That's the latest news from NASA as it looks to develop the very first spacecraft that's set to park itself into a loop around the dwarf planet, sometime beyond the 2020s. It comes after the success of New Horizons, which hurtled past Pluto at a speed of 58,500 kilometres (36,400 miles) per hour while busily snapping away, revealing one side of the dwarf planet like never before. On 14 July 2015 the astronomical community truly had the dwarf planet in its crosshairs. We're now intent on a return that'll make its terrain as familiar as that of Mars, the only other planet in the Solar System – bar Earth – that's swarming with spacecraft. Of course, we know how to…

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our contributors include…

Colin Stuart Space science writer Colin reveals everything you need to know about chaos theory and how it influences the workings of the universe, the Earth and everyday life. Chris Lintott Astrophysicist Want to get involved in scientific research? Chris reveals how you don't need a qualification in space science to play an important part with citizen science. Lee Cavendish Staff Writer Your ride into space starts here! Join Lee as he travels the world to reveal future spaceports, the craft you'll be taking off in and what you'll experience. Mark Thompson Astronomer What's wrong with my telescope? Mark takes our reader's queries on how to resolve the biggest observing woes to get you back up and running again.…

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launch pad

Soaring through space This unique shot of ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano performing his third spacewalk puts the heights at which astronauts need to operate into perspective. In this recent image, Parmitano is pictured servicing an important instrument for studying the universe’s mysterious cosmic rays: the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02. This endeavour took roughly five hours to complete as it was the most important of the four planned spacewalks to return the cosmic-ray hunting machine to its best. The cosmic influencer This is a composite image containing both X-ray (red) and radio-emission (blue) data which was taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation's Karl Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico. Together they provide vital evidence that there is a black hole at the centre of a galaxy 9.9…

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alien planet spotted around a white dwarf – a cosmic first

For the first time ever, astronomers have spotted evidence of an exoplanet circling a superdense stellar corpse known as a white dwarf, a new study reports. The vast majority of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, including our own Sun, will end up as white dwarfs. When these stars finish burning their nuclear fuel, they’ll first bloat up as enormous red giants, then eventually collapse down into white dwarfs, which pack about one solar mass into a sphere the size of Earth. Lead scientist Boris Gaensicke from the University of Warwick and his colleagues studied a white dwarf called WDJ0914+1914, which lies about 2,040 light years from Earth. In data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the researchers detected emissions of hydrogen, sulphur and oxygen coming from WDJ0914+1914. That’s an odd…

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lakes may bubble up into ‘magic islands’ on saturn’s titan

Champagne is supposed to be bubbly. So is a foaming bath. But a mixture designed to mimic the frigid lakes on an alien moon? That’s a little more surprising. Especially when those bubbles come out of nowhere and explode. But that’s what Kendra Farnsworth and her colleagues found during a set of experiments designed to help the team understand how compounds like those found on Titan interact. The accidental bubble discovery could help explain one of the mysteries spotted by NASA’s Cassini mission – ‘magic islands’, bright patches on radar images that suddenly disappeared. “At the beginning, it wasn’t the main goal of the study, but it was one of those really surprising results,” Farnsworth, a doctoral student in planetary science at the University of Arkansas, said. “Bubbles had been predicted…

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weird physics of enceladus’ ‘tiger stripes’ explained

New research solves some of the mysteries of the ‘tiger stripes’ on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The moon has been of particular interest to scientists ever since it was observed in detail by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. With Cassini’s data, scientists detected an icy subsurface ocean on the moon and strange tiger-stripe markings on the moon’s south pole that are unlike anything else in the Solar System. Icy material from Enceladus’ ocean spews into space through these stripes, or fissures, in the moon’s surface. “First seen by the Cassini mission to Saturn, these stripes are like nothing else known in our Solar System,” lead scientist Doug Hemingway said in an statement. “They are parallel and evenly spaced, about 130 kilometres [80.7 miles] long and 35 kilometres [21.7 miles] apart. What makes them especially…