The fall season has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and even the Sun is getting into the Halloween spirit as evidenced in this “jack-o’-lantern” image captured recently by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. But before you go out trick-or-treating, we’ve got a number of stories to captivate your curiosity. We highlight the 10th anniversary of SpaceShipOne rocketing into space and claiming the Ansari X Prize. We give you the scoop on Spaceport America in New Mexico, from where Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo may soon be launching commercial passengers on trips to space. We tell you all about the Deep Space Network here on Earth that allows us to communicate with the many spacecraft exploring the solar system. And we’ve got an interview with Charley Kohlhase who was instrumental in the development of many of those planetary probes. We’ve also loaded this issue of RocketSTEM with articles about Orion’s upcoming launch, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, the arrival of two new orbiters at Mars, Rosetta’s successful journey to a comet, a decision made on NASA’s commercial crew program, and a beginner’s guide to planetary photography.
All that – and more – in this issue of RocketSTEM magazine.
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Boeing, SpaceX garner NASA contracts to launch astronauts from American soil
RocketSTEM • October 2014 • Vol. 2 No. 5 Issue 9 (ISSN: 2326-0661) • © 2014 All Rights Reserved
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