Spaceflight Vol 55 No 04 – April 2013

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The Mighty Atlas Part 9: A bigger lift
We continue our in-depth story of the Atlas rocket with events surrounding the transition of the Centaur from a potentially flawed design to a successful space launcher as the upper stage finally delivers its promise.

Mars Special

Missions to Mars
The Editor recaps 17 years of Mars rovers and describes the progress made toward the outstanding and complex Curiosity rover that landed on the Red Planet in August 2012.

Curiosity at Mars
Ken Kremer presents a series of stunning mosaics using raw images from JPL and in collaboration with Marco Di Lorenzo producing panoramas that provide a remarkable view of the surface around the rover at Gale Crater.

Red Planet Rising
Dr Dwayne Day provides a glimpse into the possible future course of Mars Exploration and dips into the background of the next steps in the exploration of the Red Planet, political machinations notwithstanding!

Obituaries
It is with sadness that we reflect upon the lives of three men for whom the space programme was a lifelong contagion: D Brainerd Holmes, Jesco von Puttkamer and Reginald Turnill.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Putting the brakes on space junk – UK in market grab – SSTL gets major contract

World News Analysis – NASA/ESA sea ice study refined – Antarctic sea ice increase

International News – Towed gliders to launch satellites

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – Decision time

Satellite Digest – 483 January 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 15 January to 14 February 2013

Society News – Tim Peake visits the BIS – The BIS at Astrofest – Sheila Kanani gives talk on planetary moons

Diary Notices

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