All About Space magazine takes a look at the Artemis program

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All About Space magazine takes a look at the Artemis program

The latest edition also includes an interview with three-time NASA astronaut Steven Swanson about his time in orbit and the significance of Artemis.

All About Space also takes a look at Project Icarus, a mission masterminded in 2009 that aims to make the dream of interstellar exploration a reality.

Take a peek below at All About Space issue 132’s biggest features.

You can also find an in-depth stargazer section filled with useful information on what to look out for in the night sky. This issue includes a list of summer deep-sky delights to look out for during the lighter warmer months and information on where to find them.

Story Highlights

  • All About Space takes a deep dive into the renowned Artemis moon missions for this cover article, unearthing the major mission objectives, outlining Orion’s approach to the lunar surface, and analysing the technology underlying the ambitious operation.

  • Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll find an in-depth planet profile on Mercury. The minute world is arguably the least explored of the four terrestrial planets.

The moon has captured the attention of humankind for as long as we have gazed upon the stars. Reflecting the sun’s light each dark night, its presence reminds us of worlds beyond our own.

But astronauts have done much more than simply look upon it. On 20 July 1969, the first humans landed on the moon. As part of a series of missions dubbed the Apollo program, NASA astronauts returned to Earth with more knowledge of the rocky orb than our species had ever acquired before.

However, to think that a handful of missions to this world would make us experts of this foreign terrain would be a mistake. We have only explored a tiny portion of the moon, and there is still so much more to learn. Our universe is growing. Ever since the Big Bang, every point in the fabric of space has been expanding in all directions. This expansion is carrying almost all galaxies away from us.

The biggest surprise came in 1998 with the discovery that not only is the universe expanding, but that expansion is accelerating. Nobody knows why, but scientists have come up with a term for the mysterious force driving the acceleration: dark energy. There’s something special about Ceres, the small but significant world located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Quite aside from it potentially having a water-vapor plume and subsurface water, it’s also a round object in an area otherwise filled with misshapen space rocks.

It’s much larger than any of its neighbors, and there’s a slim chance it could harbor life. Ceres has also suffered an identity crisis.