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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!

Akanksha Nair


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