Spaceflight Vol 55 No 11 – November 2013

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Mission to a Dusty moon
Launched on 6 September by the first Minotaur V, the LADEE spacecraft is heading for a rendezvous with the Moon and a survey of the lunar atmosphere where dust, charged particles and a very thin gaseous envelope bring trace changes to the environment of our nearest celestial neighbour.

The Home of Atlantis
Rick Mulheirn tours the new home for the Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the Editor reflects on a high-performing spaceship that carried a variety of military, planetary and astrophysical payloads as well as contributing to the assembly of the International Space Station and performing the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

The birth of European comsats
Cliff Hughes winds back the clock and traces the origin of space telecommunications in Europe, beginning in the heart of the continent and migrating to the UK. The development of communications satellites within ESRO led directly to Eutelsat, which in turn resulted in OTS and ECS.

The ‘Comet of the Century’ – from Skylab
Nick Howes talks to Skylab astronaut Ed Gibson about the third and final visit to NASA’s one and only all-American space station, asking him particularly about the observations the crew were asked to carry out on a comet that ended up being dubbed the ‘fizzle’ on Earth but a heart-stopping spectacle from space.

Mining the asteroids
Steven Cutts takes a long, hard look at suggestions that deep-space flight by humans could secure and retrieve an asteroid and bring it closer to Earth for analysis and sample-return, asking whether it is as easy as it sounds and why do it anyway?

Regular Features

Britain in Space – SSTL designs exoplanet survey platform – EKSA in force at EPSC

World News Analysis – Resurrecting WISE for asteroid hunt – Apollo launch pad for sale – Ten cubed

In brief – news shorts from around the world

US Space Politics – Smaller is better says Air Force

Satellite Digest – 490 August 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 August to 10 September 2013

Obituaries – Bruce Murray – Charles Gordon Fullerton

Off the Shelf – Realizing Tomorrow; The Path to Private Spaceflight – Space Exploration; All that Matters

Society News – From Imagination To Reality 2

Diary Notices

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