Above: Will an 18-segment honeycomb arrangement ever mean anything different? Optics, strategically-placed logo, and technical staff during JWST testing and assembly . Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn.
The most recent issue of Free Astronomy Magazine (March-April 2022) is available for your reading and downloading pleasure at www.astropublishing.com.
Delighted to have as my first Solar System Ambassador article for the year the successful launch and delivery of the James Webb Space Telescope. With a hard cut-off for translation and publishing of February 15th for this issue, it was impossible to include the several significant updates to have occurred since the final edits went out for review. Just like the Perseverance article! Just like the DAVINCI+/VERITAS article! Something about trying to cover cutting-edge space science in a bi-monthly magazine translated into four languages…
Additional original content includes our fearless editor's extensive review of the detection and additional searching for Proxima b (with reports of the confirmation of Proxima d also coming just as this issue was version-locked for publication), as well as François Blateyron's article about sundials and the Shadows app – which I'd never before heard of before but am now inclined to try to expand the utility of the backyard garden.
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