webpage-bannerRocketSTEM • February 2015 • Vol. 3 No. 1 (Issue 10)

Welcome to the first issue of our third year publishing RocketSTEM magazine. The 10th issue of RocketSTEM magazine features an interview with ESA astronaut Tim Peake, as well as stories on the Dawn, Rosetta and Philae spacecraft, the upcoming one-year mission to the ISS, the National Flight Academy, the Navy’s role in space exploration, and more.

Educators and students may reuse the magazine’s material in their classrooms, however, no commercial use or other reproduction is allowed. And, as always, every issue remains free to read online or download as a PDF.

Table of Contents

02 NFA Ambition Spend a week aboard the National Flight Academy as an experimental pilot.

08 Navy in Space The space program and the U.S. Navy have a long history of working together.

16 One-Year Mission It will be a 12-month journey for a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut.

24 Dawn Nears Ceres The Dawn spacecraft is closing in rapidly on the dwarf planet Ceres.

32 Tim Peake ESA astronaut prepares for his mission to the ISS, set to launch in November.

52 Philae’s Landing Despite a bouncy ride, Philae successfully landed on a comet’s surface.

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RocketSTEM • February 2015 • Vol. 3 No. 1 Issue 10 (ISSN: 2326-0661)  © 2015 All Rights Reserved

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