web-banner-issue-13RocketSTEM • September 2016 • Vol. 4 No. 1 (Issue 13)

We’re back with an all new issue of RocketSTEM magazine. In this issue we take you around the solar system for 100 pages of discovery. Even as data continues to stream back from New Horizons’ encounter with Pluto last year, scientists are being surprised by the results from their analysis. Meanwhile, Juno has arrived at Jupiter and is beginning to peel away the mysteries of the giant planet. NASA is about to launch a spacecraft to rendezvous with an asteroid, take a sample of the surface, and return it to Earth. But the space agency is not the only one eyeing asteroids, as two commercial companies are developing spacecraft in the hopes of one day mining asteroids for water and other resources. Whether you’ve ever been to Florida’s Space Coast or not, we’ve got an up close look at both the KSC Visitor Complex and the Air Force Space & Missile History Center.

All that – and more – in this issue of RocketSTEM magazine.

And, as always, every issue remains free to read online or download as a PDF.

Table of Contents

02 Mining the sky – A race is underway to profit from mining asteroids for water and resources.

12 Destination: Bennu – Spacecraft to retrieve a piece of an asteroid for analysis on Earth.

22 Ticket to space – The KSC Visitor Complex lets people get up close to real space hardware.

56 Jupiter’s mysteries – Juno has arrived and begun its scientific analysis of the solar system’s largest planet.

66 Mission to Europa – If life exists in our solar system beyond Earth, then the best place to find it may be here.

82 Revealing Pluto – Discoveries abound even as New Horizons continues to send back data from Pluto.


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Also Inside:

IFC   LaSilla Observatory
11    Be An Ambassador
18    Closest Exoplanet
42    Forever Remembered
44    Rocket Construction
48    Booster Test Fire
50    Air Force Museum
64   Lego In Space
65    Word Find
70    Jovian System
74   External Tank
IBC  Antiope
BC  NEEMO-21

RocketSTEM • September 2016 • Vol. 4 No. 1 Issue 13 (ISSN: 2326-0661)  © 2016 All Rights Reserved

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