Behind the wheel of a Tesla Roadster, the mannequin ‘Starman’ is cruising around the cosmos, currently over a million miles from Earth.
This is surely one of the craziest things to have ever been sent into space. But, publicity stunt aside, the launch on 6th February did have a serious agenda – to test SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy. The rocket was fired into low-Earth orbit with a whopping payload of 64 tonnes – the equivalent of hefting five double-decker buses into space.
The endeavour has all the elements of a great adventure – vision, risk-taking and bravery to challenge science as we know it and explore new frontiers. The new special edition of BBC Focus magazine is about missions, voyages and expeditions that are pushing the final frontiers and exploring unknown worlds, from the depths of our oceans to the bowels of the planet to the remote reaches of deep space.
Starting with the underwater world, discover the divers using cutting-edge tech to plunge deep into the abyss, the bioprospectors hunting the oceans for new drugs to curb the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and the weird and wonderful deep-sea monsters lurking below the twilight zone.
On land, journey to the centre of the Earth, find out about the scientists searching for extremophiles miles under the surface, meet the people with the most extreme jobs in science, explore the world’s most deadly volcanoes , and find out what remote spot David Attenborough got stranded on.
Finally, voyage around our Solar System and beyond. Find out about the current and future missions exploring the cosmos, our plans to colonise Mars, and the spacecraft hunting for exoplanets and black holes.
Plenty to keep both the keen explorer and armchair traveller happy. Enjoy!
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