Discover Special Issue: Fifty Years of Space Travel

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It has been exactly half a century since the Soviet Union launched into the heavens Sputnik, the first human-made satellite. In these 50 years, we have sent hundreds of people into space and unmanned craft into the farthest reaches of our solar system.

This special issue of DISCOVER tracks the most remarkable people, events, and discoveries from our first half-century of space travel. We are releasing some of the articles from the issue on our Web site. To read the entire issue, you'll have to pick it up from the newsstand, where it will be on sale until the end of the year.



INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
Stellar moments in the race toward the final frontier.
By Boonsri Dickinson


THE MAN WHO LAUNCHED SPUTNIK

An exclusive interview with Oleg Ivanovskiy, the “Sputnikovist” in charge of the world’s first satellite.
By Jim Oberg


FLYGIRLS

Carpenter, computer operator, astronaut—it’s all women’s work.


LOST HORIZONS

Crumbling launchpads, rusting gantries, and more mementos of the space race.
By Kathleen McGowan


48 HOURS FROM DISASTER

In space, no one can hear you swear.
By Stephen Cass


DAY IN THE LIFE OF MISSION CONTROL

An annotated map of who was who at “Houston” on July 20, 1969.
By Stephen Cass


FIRST LOOKS

We’ve come a long way—and so have our planetary photographs.


SHAKEN AND STIRRED

A trip in the “vomit comet” or a marathon dive in a massive indoor pool: another ordinary day for an astronaut trainee.
By Jeanne Lenzer


THE REAL SPACE PIONEERS

What we learned from animal astronauts.
By Jessica Ruvinsky


CORONA: THE SECRET SPACE PROGRAM

The inner workings of the covert reconnaissance satellites of the 1960s.
By Stephen Cass


THE PATH NOT TAKEN

Massive missions to Mars, ultrasonic passenger aircraft, and other aerospace marvels that never saw the light of day.
By Steve Ditlea


GHOST IN THE MACHINE

Two little robots crawl the surface of Mars, surviving beyond all expectations despite treacherous dunes and howling storms.
By A. J. S. Rayl


SPACE FOR SALE

Buzz Aldrin’s toothbrush and other items, sold to the highest bidder.
By Boonsri Dickinson


7 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT MOON ROCKS
We knew they were safe when cockroaches gobbled them down and survived.
By Boonsri Dickinson


BUILD YOUR OWN MARS ROVER

Paper plans for a model of MER.
By Erik te Groen

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