The cover image showing cornflower-blue spheres is not drawn from the realm of botany. Is it a sponge? The airy pores suggest it. In fact, it comes from the world of high-tech materials It shows an aerogel – light, electrically conductive and thermally stable. These properties are seldom combined in one material.
You can't see it, you can hardly hear it and you can't grasp it. But it is highly efficient. The tool of the future is hidden in computers and is created in abstract thinking minds. Software, simulation, data science are the keywords. Boring? Anything but that!
The asteroid shown on the magazine cover is more than 300 million kilometres from Earth. Opinions were divided in the choice of the cover picture. What should be shown: MASCOT or Ryugu? Should the photo be of the lander shortly before touching down on the remote celestial body or show the final destination of the mission, the asteroid Ryugu? The uniquely detailed view of the celestial body won. More details about the mission, which is breaking new ground in space exploration, can be read in the magazine article 'Mascot in Wonderland'.
Twenty-six million horsepower lift a 300-tonne giant into the sky. The image of the lift-off of the Soyuz launcher on 6 June 2018 is even more powerful if you imagine the three people sitting close together inside the capsule on top of the launcher. They are embarking on the 'horizons' mission.
A spectacular chase in the sky is featured in the DLRmagazine 157: NASA's DC-8 flies behind the DLR research aircraft ATRA and analyses its wake. In order to be able to successfully analyse the effect of biofuels on aircraft emissions, the ideal circumstances included low temperature and humid air as these allow clear contrails to be formed.