Spaceflight Vol 56 No 02 – February 2014

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A walk on the Wild Side
In Moment from History this month Luca Parmitano relives a potentially life threatening experience as he describes his unexpected encounter with floating globules of water inside his helmet.

Solar Dynamic Observatory
Stunning images of a sometimes violent Sun and observations from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory almost 52 years after the launch of the first Orbiting Solar Observatory.

Retelling the tale of Mars Exploration
Philip Stooke explains his passion for mapping the exploration of Mars, creating the first accurate survey of US and Russian missions as attention focuses once again on the Red Planet.

Sleuthing the Cold War Space Sleuths
Dominic Phelan opens a new series from the China/Russia Forum on how the BIS uncovered Soviet space secrets and filled in the gaps.

Electra Mars Radio Relay
Joel Powell tracks down the real reason why MAVEN got a break from the US government shutdown and got to launch on time.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – UK drive for military satellite growth – SSTL spearheads UK drive – Roy Gibson honoured – Astrium engineer wins IET award

World News – Falcon 9 to Rule the World!

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 493 November 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 November to 11December 2013

Film Review – Gravity

Obituaries – Aleksandr Serebrov – Philip A Lapp

Society News – BIS plans education roadmap – Inspiration

Diary Notices

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