Spaceflight Vol 57 No 10 – October 2015

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On to Mars – But not yet!
Andrew Jackson was at the 18th annual Mars Society Conference in Washington DC in mid-August where the call for a major push on getting humans to the Red Planet was as loud as ever. But this time, the US President is in the sights for a lobby push.

Europa Mission Unveiled
In the second of a two-part analysis the NASA mission to Europa is examined as participants gather to consider their plans for a mission destined to peel back the secrets of Jupiter’s remote ice world with an ocean.

The ISS – Taking Stock
A major report on the expanding cost of the International Space Station implies that the commercial contracts for resupply and crew delivery are to blame but the Editor argues that the value of the facility cannot be counted in dollars paid, claiming that it is vital for future exploration.

Cities at Night
As winter falls, the nights are getting lighter. At least that’s the view from space as light pollution from LEDs can be seen from space, dazzling drivers and pilots and blocking out the night sky for astronomers.

Honour to the Fallen Astronauts
Rick Mulheirn and Danny Van Hoecke tell the story of the commemorative figurine crafted by Paul Van Hoeydonck, left on the surface of the Moon by Apollo 15 Commander David Scott and of the misfortune that befell a noble idea

Eileen Collins wows Yorkshire audiences
Rick Mulheirn reports on the visit to Pontefract by astronaut Eileen Collins and how she attracted interest and high regard as a pilot and as a person.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – UK boosts Indonesian space effort

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 513 July 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 July to 15 August 2015

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

Obituary – Alexei Gubarev (1931-2015)

Off the Shelf – The X-15 Rocket Plane – NASA Gemini 1965-1966

Society News – UK Space 2015, A reflective view – BIS Tour of V-2 Rocket Sites – Suszann Parry-Executive Secretary – Space Art Spectacular

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