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All About Space

All About Space No. 88

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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Over at All About Space, we're looking forward to the 50th anniversary of an incredibly important mission: the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The day that humankind first stepped foot on the lunar surface back in July 1969. But we couldn't have got there without the help of the Apollo missions before Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins got blasted off into space to make history. From the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire to Apollo 8's first manned lunar orbit, Apollo 9 is of no exception. This issue All About Space's resident writer Lee Cavendish chats to Apollo 9's Lunar Module pilot about the story of how he and fellow astronauts Commander James McDivitt and Command Module pilot David Scott put the lunar module to the test for the very first…

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our contributors include…

Kelly Oakes Space science writer What hit Uranus? Kelly reports on the brand-new evidence that suggests an enormous rocky world is responsible for the ice giant's wacky behaviour. Ian Evenden Space science writer Our Milky Way is on a collision course! Ian finds that it's not just with Andromeda – the Large Magellanic Cloud will unexpectedly cause a star-birth stir. Lee Cavendish Staff writer This month celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 9. Lee speaks to Lunar Module pilot Rusty Schweickart about the mission's series of firsts. Abigail Beall Space science writer Head over to page 26 as Abigail reveals why astrophysicists think there's a glitch at the end of the universe – and what's causing space and time to unravel.…

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bursting some cosmic bubbles

New, young stars can sculpt a colourful picture onto the surrounding gas, making for a stunning image. Of course, these faraway spectacles are much easier to photograph when you have the European Space Agency’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) to hand. Astronomers directed the VLT towards the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a dwarf galaxy that satellites our Milky Way about 158,000 light years from us. This particular region is called LHA 120-N 180B, and it accommodates newly born stars that illuminate the surrounding gas and dust with radiation, creating the vibrant palette of expanding gas shown here.…

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insight sets up its shield

NASA’s InSight arrived at the Martian surface on 26 November 2018 and has taken its time in setting up its equipment. On 19 December the seismometer was placed on the surface of the Red Planet to listen out for any Marsquakes. Another milestone was made on 2 February 2019 as InSight successfully placed the Wind and Thermal Shield over the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) in order to protect it and maintain optimal conditions for data collection, the most important being control of the temperature.…

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holiday destinations from space

Orbiting Earth at a speed of about 28,000 kilometres (17,500 miles) per hour, completing one orbit every 90 minutes, provides astronauts with a lot of countries to look at and affords them the opportunity to consider where looks best for their next holiday. In this edition of country-spotting from the International Space Station, the astronauts were checking out portions of Cuba, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands from 405 kilometres (252 miles) altitude. Can any holiday really compare to a trip into space though?…

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the aftermath of a stellar death

The end of a star’s life can be just as beautiful as its birth. Seen here, the planetary nebula Abell 36 is located 780 light years away in the constellation of Virgo and has been another target for ESO’s VLT, along with the galaxies that glow in the background. At this point in the star’s life, the central star shining bright has lost the battle in maintaining a balance between its output of radiation and gravity. As a consequence, its outer layers have been expelled throughout the cosmos – this only lasts for roughly 10,000 years, which is considered merely a flash in time on cosmic timescales.…