The cover story of this issue of ESA´s flagship magazine, the Bulletin, is about Venus Express - we feature results which could answer some of the greatest mysteries about our nearest planetary neighbour.
In ´Celebrating the Accomplishment, Preparing the Future´, ESA´s Director of Human Spaceflight, Simonetta Di Pippo, reflects on recent successes and looks ahead to the new challenges for Europe in human spaceflight and exploration.
We also have articles about the European launcher tracking network, space tourism and ESA´s Vega small launcher as it readies for its Qualification Flight. We go back to school and college with ESA´s hands-on education activities for youngsters across Europe. In the news section, we report on Ulysses, Rosetta, ATV and ESA´s latest astronaut recruitment campaign, also taking a look at the history of European astronaut selection.
The Bulletin is published four times a year to inform the space-interested public of ESA´s activities. In addition to a wide range of articles, every issue provides an overview of the status of ESA´s major space projects.