Issues Magazine

Issues Magazine 106

An overview of what's in this edition of Issues.
Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt explains how astronomy will help Australia fulfil its aspirations towards a strong, prosperous and secure future.
“The Hubble” is winding down, but several large land-based and one space-based telescope are poised to be its successors.
In their quest to hear the faintest radio whispers from the universe, radio astronomers have come to Boolardy, one of the most “radio-quiet” places on Earth.
The orbiting detritus of humanity’s exploration and exploitation of space poses a growing threat to operational space systems and crewed spaceflight activities.
A crewed mission to Mars is expected to occur before the middle of this century, but we must not underestimate the challenges involved, not to mention the enormous cost.
It’s quite incredible to see groundbreaking space events unfold live on television and on the internet, but who or what connects us to them? Around the world, a unique communication system and a dedicated team of people bring the universe down to Earth.
Whether and when NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, humankind’s most distant object, broke through to interstellar space has been a thorny issue.
What are the effects of too much light in our towns and cities, and how can that light be reduced? As well as increasing the visibility of the stars and planets, improving lighting has many other benefits.
The new science of astrobiology is part of the human quest for self-knowledge.
Sunspots have attracted scientific attention since the time of Galileo, but only recently has the influence of the spots on human affairs been understood.
Data from satellites is essential to Australia’s monitoring, forecasting and long-term planning for both weather and climate.
Australia was well-placed to be involved in the next mining boom until it cancelled its research into near-Earth asteroids. But is the extraction of minerals and water from passing asteroids a valid prospect or a flight of fancy?
After the space industry’s decline in popularity, the new face of space has been born via social media.
CSIRO and NASA are celebrating more than five decades of working together on space exploration through the Deep Space Network.