space:uk - Winter 2011, Issue 33
This issue of space:uk, published by the UK Space Agency, focuses on the planet Mercury and the spacecraft being designed and built with the aim of investigating the 'weird' planet. The issue reports on current news stories including the launch of the two Galileo 'In-Orbit Validation' (IOV) spacecraft, new missions to investigate the Sun and dark matter, and the CAVES venture which prepares astronauts by sending them underground for six days.
Articles in this issue:
• Mission to Mercury - Europe's ambitious mission to the Solar System's weidest planet
• Warning: space can damage your health - the dangers facing space missions
• UK rocket pioneers - celebrating British rockets on the Isle of Wight
• Education and careers - experts answer questions on black holes, the power of the Sun and who has spent the longest time in space. There is also an article explaining how space can be used as a context for teaching a range of science and mathematics subjects and can inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
• Made in the UK - a Welsh company produces specialised glass and optical reflectors for satellites and space missions. A team member explains what the company does.
This issue includes a poster of the planet Mercury.
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