Mars figures largely in the upcoming issue of your favourite space magazine, with a preliminary report on the mixed success of ExoMars, a review of Elon Musk’s ambitious (some would say outrageous) expectation for the commercial industrialisation of the Red Planet, and a report on the 19th annual conference of the Mars Society.
And as if that was not enough, new concerns about the health impact of long duration space flight, a look at issues concerning the future of human space flight in the UK and Europe, and a celebration of the 75th anniversary of America’s first rocket company.
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The Eyes Have It!
Added to multiple concerns about the health risks of long duration weightlessness, evidence is now growing that long-term and sometimes permanent damage to the ocular system is being seen as astronauts spend more time in space.
Mexico hosts IAC 2016
David Todd sampled the mood at the 67th International Astronautical Congress and reports for Spaceflight on the atmosphere at this annual gathering of space officials, dignitaries and personalities.
Musk on Mars
Following in the tradition of some of the great space visionaries of the past, Elon Musk has outlined a grand plan for colonisation of Mars and envisages vast fleets of giant space liners to achieve his dream.
What future for human space flight?
Nick Spall previews the key decisions vital for sustained commitment to UK participation in human space flight coming up at the Ministerial meeting in Europe in December.
America’s First Rocket Company
Celebrated space historian Frank H. Winter remembers the 75th anniversary of Reaction Motors Incorporated, the first US rocket company.
New Paths to Mars
Andrew Jackson reports on the 19th annual conference of the Mars Society in Washington DC and reflects on the various proposals discussed.
News Analysis – ExoMars A Qualified Success!
A Letter from The Editor
Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world
ISS Report – 16 September 2016-15 October 2016
Satellite Digest – 527 September 2016
Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month
Correspondence – Flying High – Shuttles in contention
Society News – World Space Week – Battle in Space – ExCel Indeed!