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  • Issue #4(6) 2015

    Rare Mercury transit complete

    Mercury has completed its transit across the Sun and the next chance to see it is 2019

  • Issue #4(6) 2015

    A Self-Deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (SHEE)

    The SHEE test bed is the world’s only easily transportable analogue space habitat. A unique structure capable of supporting two people for two weeks, it can be moved by land, sea or air to environments on or off the Earth. Developed by a European consortium of industry and research institutions, it gives the international research community the ability to perform habitation simulation tests.

    Authors: Dr Barnaby Osborne     Waltraut Hoheneder     Molly Hogle    
  • Issue #4(6) 2015

    Innovations in human astronautics

    RSC Energia has been conducting activities in rocket-space industry since 1946 when a team of specialists developing long-range ballistic missiles was organised under the leadership of the Chief Designer S.P. Korolev, generally recognised as the founder of practical cosmonautics. The enterprise initiated all lines of activity related to national rocket and space technology. Today, RSC Energia is Russia’s leading rocket-space enterprise and the top organisation in the field of human space systems. In this special article, company President Vladimir Solntsev looks at some of the long term implications for astronautics and the need for international cooperation.

    Authors: Vladimir Solntsev    
  • Issue #4(6) 2015

    Defending Earth against cosmic hazards

    Earth’s annual journey around the Sun represents a perilous cosmic voyage and for thousands of years humans have remained blissfully ignorant of the dangers of asteroids and comets, coronal mass ejections, solar radiation flares and other cosmic events that threaten our daily existence. The Global Space Governance Study is now addressing the technical challenges and regulatory actions for a comprehensive planetary defence strategy.

    Authors: Scott Madry     Ram Jakhu     Joseph N. Pelton    
  • Issue #4(6) 2015

    Nuclear Flashlamps in Space

    Launching nuclear explosives into space seems like a bad idea and is not something to be treated lightly but there might be times when we need to think seriously about why it might be useful to use nuclear explosives in deep space - and ponder what can be learned just by thinking about it.

    Authors: Tim Livengood