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Could you imagine watching an Earthrise? It would feel l ike a dream: a glowing, blue-green gem of a planet creeping up over a grey horizon. The chance to see Earth from space is just about the only thing that could convince me to set foot onto a rocket pointed at the Moon. But let’s be honest, unless Elon Musk slides into my DMs, “should I go to the Moon?” is not l ikely a question I’l l ever have to answer. But for some, it seems like a trip to the lunar surface and back might not be totally out of the question in our lifetime.
Over the next decade, an a rmada of probes, rovers and satellites f rom national and private space agencies will descend upon the Moon. For the most part, they will all ultimately ask the same question: is it worth putting humans back on the Moon? And by 2030, a new space station, called the Lunar Gateway, will set up shop permanently in the Moon’s orbit, f rom where scientists can conduct experiments at a lower cost and without the pesky delay of having to send signals to Earth and back.
It all adds up to an almost inevitable conclusion: in the next 50 years there’s bound to be a permanent base on the Moon, which seems l ikely to be funded, in part, by space tourism. Find out how we’ll get there on p52.
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If my brain can’t feel pain, why do we get headaches? �p79
JULES HOWARD As i t turns out , huf f ing and puf f ing can be quite useful in the animal kingdom. Zoologist Jules explores how and why evolution led to animals that can blow themselves up like balloons. ->p44
PROF TURI KING Turi and her team were the scientis t s who identif ied the remains of Richard III . Now she’s appearing on BBC Two to help solve f amily mysteries using DNA tech. ->p66
DR ALEKS KROTOSKI As presenter of The Digital Human on BBC Radio 4, Aleks has spent much of her career navigating sea changes in tech. Who could be bet ter to guide us through the s trange new world of the metaverse? ->p70
CERI PERKINS A former employee at CERN, Ceri takes us on a deep dive into operations and discoveries, and talks to a CERN physicist about what the future holds. ->p86
H2O: The Molecule That Made Us How does our most precious resource tie the planet together? This brilliant series is now available on iPlayer for the next six months. Available on iPlayer
Freeze The Fear Wim ‘The Iceman’ Hof seemingly has the ability to control his body temperature, allowing him to do things like run a barefoot marathon in the Arctic. In this show, he’ll put celebs to the test and hopefully we’ll learn a little of the science behind his feats. BBC One Check Radio Times for details
Space Tourism – What’s The Cost To The Climate? As Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson invite tourists to join them on a rocket into space, this programme addresses the elephant in the room. How much harm does space tourism do to the climate? BBC World Service Monday 11 April, 8pm Also available on BBC Sounds
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