Spaceflight Vol 58 No 07 – July 2016

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The Overview Effect
What is it that draws astronauts to gaze at the Earth? Psychologists are just beginning to study the effect of looking at our home planet and whether it is more important to our well-being than merely existing as place to live in.

Farewell Messenger
Launched almost 13 years ago, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft is a triumph of spacecraft engineering and a landmark in planetary exploration, becoming the first to orbit Mercury. We take a look at its accomplish-ments as we say farewell.

M for Monster
Space historian Dwayne Day opens the files on a cryogenic rocket motor which could have powered ad-vanced versions of the Saturn rocket to found out why it never flew.

SpaceX takes NAA to Mars!
The US space agency has signed a deal with SpaceX to support a Dragon mission to Mars in 2018, a key step to putting humans on the Red Planet.

MOL/DORIAN Files Opened
Dr Neil Da Costa reports on another tranche of previously classified documents on the history of one of the most publicised spy satellites of all time and explores why it never got off the ground.

Higher and Faster – The Evolution of Rocket Planes
Michel van Pelt tracks the background to the developing story of rocket planes and connects a very old mar-riage to the possibilities for rocket flight in the future.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Stevenage wins BIOMASS contract – STEM centre for Stevenage

A Letter from the Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Report – 16 April-15 May 2016

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

Satellite Digest – 522 April 2016

Shelf – International Space Station – Space Shuttle: A Photographic Journey – Abandoned in Place: Preserv-ing America’s Space History

Obituary – Edgar Dean Mitchell (1930-2016) – John Hazelwood (1946-2016)

Correspondence – A New Place in Space – Hidden Treasures – Site Survey

Society News – A call to Tim Peake - Request for presentations - Dave Shayler on Hubble

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