Spaceflight Vol 58 No 05 – May 2016

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Expeditions to Mars
The blueprint for getting humans to Mars has not yet been written but the options are narrowing. Just how soon the preparatory steps will be taken is the focus of this review of NASA’s plans for a reconnaissance mission to Phobos before landings on the Red Planet. We also discuss the method selected for getting there.

A heart to heart
Physician Dr William J. Rowe takes issue with NASA about the effects of weightlessness on the ability of the human body to adapt to challenging conditions during long duration space flight and on the effects that have already been observed on astronauts from the Apollo era.

An Infrared eye on the Universe
It’s been a long time coming but the flight of the James Webb Space Telescope is now only two years away. As the hardware comes together and the observatory nears assembly, we take a look at this extraordinary endeavour to build the biggest space observatory to date.

Visions of Space
Chris Starr has assembled a stellar group of space artists from the UK and abroad to reveal some of the outstanding artworks gathered together for the space art exhibition at Wells, Somerset, in November 2015.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Time to think bigger?

ISS Report – 16 February-15 March 2016

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 520 February 2016

Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month

Shelf – RAE Farnborough Space Department: A History – Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control 1965-1992 – Space Mythologies: Public images, private memories & the making of a cultural identity

Obituary – Eric “Winkle” Brown (1919-2016)

Correspondence – A timely comparison – Who owns space? – BIS bias? – Restoration

History Picture Competition - Don Thomas at the BIS - Kettering Group Remembers - Soviet/Chinese Forum

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