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The Viking Difference • Destination focused. Culturally enriching. Carefully curated.
Apollo: Missions to the Moon takes viewers along
Preserving Earth’s Undersea Treasures
SPIRIT WORLDS • LOOKING AT THE EARTH FROM EVERY POSSIBLE ANGLE
THE BACK STORY • THE DREGS OF A FINISHED GLASS OF SCOTCH WHISKY CAN YIELD WILD CELESTIAL SCENES
Let’s Send Only Women to Space • PHYSICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY, FEMALES HAVE THE RIGHT STUFF FOR LENGTHY MISSIONS IN SPACE. SO WHY SEND MALES AT ALL?
Firsts for females in space
STRAW POLL: WHICH ONES ARE ECO-FRIENDLY TO USE?
WHAT’S SO FUNNY?
DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF SCIENCE AND INNOVATION
To Sleep, Perchance to Heal
MYTHICAL CREATURE FOUND IN ANCIENT WOOD • PRAYING MANTIS IS A SVELTE ‘UNICORN’
NEW PLACES TO GO
A FROSTBITTEN EVEREST DESCENT • THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL U.S. EFFORT TO REACH THE SUMMIT OF EVEREST TOOK A TOLL ON THE OWNER OF THESE BOOTS.
A SALTY ISLAND IN THE SEA • Visiting an island-like salt formation in the Dead Sea meant a swim in one of the world’s briniest bodies of water.
INSPIRED BY NATURE
HOW DOES THIS OCEANIC ODD COUPLE MANAGE TO HAVE SEX?
Flashes in the Dark • A PHOTOGRAPHER SHIFTS HER GAZE FROM THE ONGOING INSTABILITY AND VIOLENCE IN MEXICO TO THE FLEETING BEAUTY OF ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S NATURAL WONDERS.
T MINUS • Fifty years ago this month, astronauts walked on the moon for the first time. Apollo 11’s success—just 66 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight—showcased humankind’s moxie and ingenuity. Now the moon is in our sights again, for a generation that will test where science meets profit.
5 PIONEERS • ANIMALS WERE OUR FIRST SPACE TRAVELERS, CLEARING THE WAY FOR ASTRONAUTS WHO BECAME FAMOUS—AND FOR LESSER KNOWN HEROES.
4 GETTING THERE • EARLY ROCKETEERS FIGURED THAT A MULTISTAGE LAUNCHER COULD PROPEL HUMANS TO THE MOON. THE SATURN V DID THAT—AND SET THE STAGE FOR THE FUTURE.
LIFTING OFF • Rapid advancements in spaceflight occurred during the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Ballistic missiles for warfare evolved into rockets destined for exploration. Now commercial space companies are also building spacecraft and selling tickets for future tourist flights.
SUITING UP • Space suits—designed to provide oxygen and consistent atmospheric pressure—have evolved from pressure suits for pilots in high-altitude planes to ones that can keep astronauts alive in the near-vacuum conditions of space.
3 WHERE WE WENT • APOLLO MISSIONS FOCUSED ON THE MOON’S NEAR SIDE. NOW UNCREWED PROBES ARE REVEALING MORE ABOUT THE MOON AND BEYOND.
AFTER APOLLO • Nearly half a century has elapsed since humans last visited the moon in 1972. But we never stopped exploring. We’ve inhabited research stations orbiting Earth (right) and sent robotic craft (below) to venture even farther into space to take selfies on Mars, plunge into Jupiter, and investigate our solar solar system up close.
2 WHAT WE TOOK • ASTRONAUTS COLLECTED ROCKS, PEBBLES, SOIL, AND DUST. THEY ALSO TOOK PERSONAL ITEMS TO SPACE THAT REFLECTED THEIR INTERESTS, BELIEFS, AND PASSIONS.
1 IN POP CULTURE • FROM TV SHOWS TO MOVIES, TOYS, FOOD, AND THE WAY WE EXPRESS OURSELVES, SPACE CONTINUES TO HAVE A HOLD ON OUR IMAGINATION.
0 WHAT’S NEXT • IT MAY SEEM AS IF WE’VE BEEN GOING NOWHERE FOR DECADES. BUT A NEW AGE OF SPACE TRAVEL IS COMING, MIXING EXPLORATION WITH A RACE FOR PROFITS.
THE SEA AT THE END OF THE WORLD • ONE OF THE...