Space exploration: From Mars to tourism to telescopes
The Mars Curiosity rover may be grabbing headlines, but the realm of space is no longer the preserve of astronauts, robots and planetariums. Today, there is a new kind of space traveller: the tourist, who could be making voyages to the edge of space within a couple of years.
Back on Earth, UK researchers are attempting to broaden our horizons by replacing costly, bespoke computers on satellites and spacecraft with Google's Android smartphones and Microsoft's Kinect video game controllers. Another group is looking at combining the world's largest radio telescope and a GPU-based supercomputing cluster to see the universe a few hundreds of million years after the Big Bang.
From curiosity around Mars to cosmic tourism to mapping the cosmos, this guide to space exploration provides a look at space holidays, smartphones in spacecraft and seeing into the universe's past.
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