Space travel

A collection of Catalyst articles about space travel.

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Where on Earth?

This Catalyst article is devoted to the use of satellites for navigation. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2002, Volume 13, Issue 2.

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2000 - 2009

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Mars Express

A Catalyst article about the idea of life on Mars. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2003, Volume 14, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Life Beyond Earth

A Catalyst article investigating if there is life elsewhere in the universe. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2004, Volume 14, Issue 3.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Exploring Saturn

A Catalyst article following the journey of the space probes Huygens and Cassini, sent to explore Titan, a moon of Saturn. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2004, Volume 15, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Venus Express

A Catalyst article about the European Space Agency (ESA) which has sent the Venus Express spacecraft to explore Earth's cloudy neighbour.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2006, Volume 16, Issue 4.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Impact Earth

A Catalyst article about giant asteroids. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2006, Volume 17, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Is Mars Dead?

A Catalyst article explaining how new data suggests that it is very unlikely that life ever existed on Mars. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 18, Issue 4.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Flying Weightless

This Catalyst article looks at what it means to say that an astronaut is 'weightless'. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 19, Issue 1

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Tracking Ike

This Catalyst article presents a series of photographs from NASA Satellites tracking Hurricane Ike from space.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 19, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Astronomy - Careers

This Catalyst article investigates possible careers in astronomy and space science. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2005, Volume 16, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Designs on Space: the Lifecycle of a Satellite

A Catalyst article about designing, building and testing a spacecraft. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2009, Volume 19, Issue 3.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Mission to Mercury

A Catalyst article about BepiColombo, a spacecraft which will visit Mercury, powered by a revolutionary new rocket engine technology using ion engines and using a slingshot manoeuvre to accelerate it. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2010, Volume 20, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to date

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Volcanoes from Space

This Catalyst article describes how the distribution of volcanoes across the Earth’s surface tells scientists about the underlying pattern of tectonic plates. 

This article is from Catalyst Volume 22, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to date

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From Earth to Mars

This Catalyst article describes how a manned trip to Mars and back would be very demanding, both technologically and for the people involved.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2011, Volume 22, Issue 2.

publication year
2010 to date

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Curious About Mars

This Catalyst article looks at NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, the automated chemistry lab which landed safely on Mars in August 2012. 

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2012, Volume 23, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to date

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Catching a Comet: the Rosetta Mission

This Catalyst article looks at the Rosetta mission: to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko where it will study the nucleus of the comet and its environment for nearly two years, and land a probe on its surface.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 24, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to date

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Where Will Philae Land? Rosetta in Orbit

This Catalyst article explains how a smaller spacecraft will land on the surface of comet 67P

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to date

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The Landing - Philae Touches Down

This Catalyst article investigates the launch of the the Philae lander from the Rosetta spacecraft and its landing on Comet 67P.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 3.

publication year
2010 to date

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Gardens in the Sky

This Catalyst article investigates how plants can be grown in orbiting spacecraft and how this may be useful in future manned space missions.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 3.

publication year
2010 to date

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Materials for Space Travel

This Catalyst article investigates materials that are used in space travel. 

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2.

publication year
2010 to date

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Earth's Magnetic Field - What is it Good For?

This Catalyst article investigates how the Earth's magnetosphere protects us from harmful cosmic radiation.  

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2.

publication year
2010 to date

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Six views of Mercury

This Catalyst article presents six different images of Mercury, the planet nearest the Sun. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2016, Volume 26, Issue 3.

publication year
2010 to date

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