READ: 'The Wonders of Space', New Scientist, 2016

We say: "A scholarly and concisely written compendium of space exploration research covering a vast range of subjects in considerable depth. A greater emphasis on text over images, but very compelling to dip into to greater understand everything from exoplanets to the Sun, and black holes to far flung moons. Starting with our own solar system, the four chapters move further and further away from home to look at the great, vast beyond."

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60 years ago, no human artefact had ever left Earth's atmosphere. Since then, we've played golf on the moon, sent robots to Mars, piloted probes to the edge of the solar system and hitched a ride on a passing comet. But in terms of space exploration, we've barely made it out of the driveway.

Our solar system is just a tiny atom in a vast galaxy, itself one of many billions we can see from Earth and countless more beyond the cosmic horizon. It might be another 60 years or more before we leave our own cosmic driveway. But human curiosity knows no such bounds.

The Wonders of Space, the latest issue of New Scientist: The Collection is dedicated to our growing understanding of space, both from exploration and observation. It takes a tour of the known cosmos and beyond, to the profound mysteries that future missions might one day solve.

Henry Little