Spaceflight Vol 57 No 11 – November 2015
Spaceflight has worked with Fox Film to bring you a preview introduction to the new space movie from Andrew Weir’s book about an astronaut stranded on Mars
Soyuz 23 – a cascade of wrongs
George Spiteri gives us a look back at an early Soviet Soyuz flight to the Salyut 5 space station in which just about everything appeared to go wrong – from the beginning.
Remembering Explorer 29
Pat Norris provides a first-hand account of a very special, but largely unknown, programme to launch an early geodesic survey programme using an Explorer-class satellite, recalling its objective and its accomplishments.
Searching for ET
Geoff Carter reflects on whether we are all alone in the Universe and whether we are even looking in the right place for life elsewhere in the solar system and beyond, finding a chilling conclusion from an examination of the evolution of life on Earth.
Ten years after the launch of the European Space Agency’s Venus Express, new findings are casting light upon a cloud-shrouded planet, Earth’s sister twin which may not be as dissimilar as we thought.
The Big G
With previously unpublished pictures of a version of the Gemini spacecraft which could have provided more economical crew and cargo transport to Earth-orbiting space stations, Dwayne Day examines Big G – a big idea eclipsed before its time.
Dwarfs reign supreme
A new map for Pluto and the next destination for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are unveiled as the planetary community gets ready for another Kuiper Belt Object encounter.
Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world
Satellite Digest – 514 August 2015
Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month
Inbox – From Space Station to the Moon and Mars
Obituary – Peter Conchie (1928-2015)
Off the Shelf – The International Handbook of Space Technology - After Apollo, Richard Nixon and the American Space Program
Society News – BIS welcomes new President