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All About Space

No. 96

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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United Kingdom
語言:
English
出版商:
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome

If, like me, you're a keen observer of the night sky, then you have more than likely welcomed the longer, darker nights as we head deeper into autumn towards winter. It's not yet cold enough to prompt me to reach for a hot drink to keep warm during my observations, but the evenings have left me planning my next tour of the world's dark-sky parks. This issue we've shortlisted the best ones all over the world, so why not pick your nearest – or, if you're feeling adventurous, your farthest! – and plan your next astronomy adventure with us? There's plenty to explore! And, just as there's a treasure trove of astronomical targets to be picked out with the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes over the coming months, there's plenty to…

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our contributors include…

Ian Evenden Space science writer The hunt for Earth 2.0 is still very much on, and scientists believe that a soon-to-be-launched mission could be our best chance of finding it. Head to page 38 Tiffany Francis Astronomy writer In her interview with All About Space, Tiffany reveals how humanity is losing its connection with the night sky and how we can regain it once and for all Sebastian Gomez Astrophysicist Sebastian and scientists from the ESA, NASA and elsewhere answer your space questions this issue. Discover more on page 70 Lee Cavendish Staff Writer Where did life come from: comets or asteroids? In his special report, Lee reveals how the first organisms emerged following strikes from space rocks…

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spinning a mars rover on its back

As engineers continue to piece together NASA’s next Martian explorer, the Mars 2020 rover, they took it for a spin in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. While spinning clockwise and counter-clockwise at a speed of one revolution per minute, engineers examined the rover for its centre of gravity, trying to decipher how the weight of the 1,040-kilogram (2,300-pound) vehicle is distributed in an attempt to balance it out. Determining the centre of gravity is a vital test, essential in making sure the spacecraft reaches the Red Planet safely and securely.…

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what secrets lie in the large magellanic cloud?

A sight unfamiliar to many astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere: the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a relatively nearby dwarf galaxy captured by the Milky Way’s gravity that lies just 163,000 light years from Earth. This image was taken by the European Southern Observatory’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, or VISTA for short. This Chile-based telescope snapped the LMC in impressive unprecedented detail as part of the VISTA Magellanic Cloud (VMC) survey. The 'scan' will examine the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds to determine their star formation history, uncovering more about their three-dimensional structures.…

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an alien surface's avalanche

Although Mars is largely considered to be a dry world, there is still water ice residing in the poles of the planet. Due to the orbit of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), the craft is able to swoop over the north pole and examine the surface. In this instance, the orbiter happened to catch an avalanche caused by the heating of the ice and its destabilisation, sending material off a 500-metre (1,640-foot) cliff edge. This kicked up a cloud of dust mixed with ice, which was captured on camera on 29 May 2019.…

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diving into caves will help explore space

The European Space Agency (ESA) has put together a creative and innovative training course that will help develop important astronautic skills. It is known as the Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behaviour and performance Skills, or CAVES, training course. For three weeks astronauts – or ‘cavenauts’ – will conduct real science experiments and operations in order to improve their communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills. This course will try its best to mirror life on board the International Space Station without actually going into space.…

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