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All About Space

All About Space No. 89

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

The Black Knight satellite has been at the centre of conspiracy theories for decades, passed down through generations ever since engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla suspected that he heard 'natural extraterrestrial sources' during a radio experiment back in 1899. In essence, the theory claims that an extraterrestrial spacecraft loops around the Earth in an almost-polar orbit, with conspiracy theorists claiming that NASA is covering up its existence and origin. As you'll discover in this issue of All About Space, we've started our series of myth-busting features that reveal the scientific explanations behind the universe's greatest conspiracy theories. And, this month, we kick off with unravelling the mystery of the Black Knight. Was it an alien spacecraft being covered up by the US government or is there a much more logical reason…

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our contributors include…

Giles Sparrow Space science writer Could there be a universe before time? Giles gets the details of evidence discovered by cosmologists on the hunt. Head over to page 16 for his full report. Ian Evenden Space science writer Did a supernova stop early Earth from drowning in water? That's what Ian has discovered – and without it, life as we know it might not have evolved. Lee Cavendish Staff writer Lee caught up with the biographer of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong this issue, who revealed exclusive insight into the life of the first man on the Moon. David Crookes Science journalist With the Opportunity mission officially over, David fondly looks back at some of the rover's greatest achievements during almost 15 years on the surface of Mars.…

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ready for a historical launch

SpaceX and NASA completed an outstanding rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) in the early days of March 2019. In this incredible collaborative effort, SpaceX launched its Crew Dragon spacecraft from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United States. After 18 orbits around Earth, the ISS successfully captured the spacecraft using a new international docking mechanism attached to the space station’s Harmony module. Before launch the major players gathered in the access arm, including (from left to right of inset image) SpaceX CEO and chief designer Elon Musk, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins.…

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opening shot for speculoos

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has recently welcomed a brand-new facility to its already impressive team with the Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars (SPECULOOS) Southern Observatory. It consists of four telescopes, each with a one-metre (three-foot) primary mirror. Its name does not mean it was solely built for imaging star-forming regions, but astronomers have done a wonderful job here of imaging the Lagoon Nebula, roughly 5,000 light years away from Earth. The illuminated gas and dust has been pictured with exquisite detail and contrast, peppered with the twinkling of newly born stars.…

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test shot of spiral galaxy ngc 6902

Another fine first image for the SPECULOOS Southern Observatory is of a spiral galaxy called NGC 6902. This structure is located 120 million light years from Earth and proved to be an excellent target for the observatory’s ‘first light’, a term used by astronomers when first testing a telescope’s capabilities by imaging a well-known object in the night sky. NGC 6902 was more than sufficient for the task. With the test done and amazing images captured by SPECULOOS, astronomers are excited to see what it can bring to exoplanetary research – its actual purpose!…

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spaceshiptwo returns to space

Virgin Galactic has been flying to commercial-spaceflight prominence with its second successful launch in the space of ten weeks, carrying three people onboard. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity reached space for the first time in December 2018, but this second flight on 22 February 2019 reached higher altitudes and faster speeds. SpaceShipTwo was carried into the sky on the ‘mothership’ of Virgin Galactic’s quadjet cargo aircraft known as WhiteKnightTwo. The journey led Chief Pilot Dave Mackay, Pilot Mike Masucci and Chief Astronaut Beth Modes into space, becoming the 569th, 570th and 571st people to fly into space, respectively.…