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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 05 - May 2014

Luca Parmitano’s suit leak – a warning
Spaceflight’s ISS guru George Spiteri reports on the shocking results from a NASA inquiry into the reasons behind the near fatal suit leak in July 2013.

Asteroids Galore
Philip Corneille brings his astronomical knowledge to bear on the asteroids, explaining how they can be exploited as a future mineral resource.

Nuking an Asteroid
Once again, Dwayne Day digs into the archives and discovers how MIT students proposed to launch Saturn V rockets to conduct a nuclear strike on a rogue asteroid and how that idea might have current appeal.

Off-Earth Mining
From Dassault Systemes GEOVIA, Steve Carter explains how 3DEXPERIENCE technology could speed resource mining of asteroids and accelerate future activities in space.

American spy satellites in the USSR
Christian Lardier looks back into published and unpublished records to work out whether US space satellites in the Corona and SAMOS programmes were recovered in Soviet Russia, with surprising results.

Into the Silent Sea
Tony Quine has been talking to the director of a new film which takes as its theme the myth of ‘lost’ cosmonauts from the early Soviet space shots.

Your Name in Space Part 2
Joel Powell concludes his two-part feature by looking at opportunities for public participation in the Mars missions.

The Fermi Paradox – or is it?
Why is it we have not yet encountered the teeming hordes that populate this universe? Is it perhaps that they have developed genetic self-coding and have no need to travel?

Regular Features

Britain in Space – UK cash boost to planet hunt

From the Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 496 February 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 17 February – 16 March 2014

Obituaries – Valeri Kubasov (1935-2014) – Dale Gardner (1948-2014) – George Fraser (1955-2014)

Off the Shelf – The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration – To a Distant Day

Society News – UKSEDS Space Conference 2014 – L J Carter Memorial Lecture – NASA’s only space station

Diary Notices

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