A note from the editor sharing her thoughts on the issue and other ramblings
As the world gets smaller with an increase in connectivity, perhaps the Earth alone is just not enough to inhabit us. This year began with Elon Musk sending the Tesla Roadster into space with a dummy driver named Starman on board. How far are we, then, from heading there ourselves?
With huge strides being made on the part of scientist and astronauts, we are left with the question: will we ever venture into outer space? Indeed, as Elon Musk’s ambitious space tourism endeavour materialises at a fast pace, there are some things we must learn about the venture. Found out more on page 70.
Our cover story this month heads straight into the one body that has remained consistently out of reach – the Sun. But this is now changing, as Dr Stuart Clark describes. NASA is now to launch its most ambitious space mission so far: the Parker Solar Probe. (p26)
Elsewhere in this issue, we discuss the viability of autonomous cars (p64) and whether they can realistically operate without the human touch in the visible future.
Let us also take a moment to remember the late Stephen Hawking, who passed away last month. His genius is immortalised in his contributions to science, and beyond.
That’s it for this month! We hope you enjoy the issue. Cheers!
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