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MAKE Magazine Launches Do-It-Yourself Space Technology in New Issue, On Sale October 26

October 26, 2010

"Space 2.0 Represents the Open Sourcing of Space Exploration," says Dale Dougherty, Co-founder of O'Reilly Media

Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 24
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Sebastopol, CAMAKE Magazine Volume 24 ("DIY Space"), hitting newsstands October 26, shows readers how to launch their own satellite into orbit, send up a stratosphere balloon probe, eavesdrop on the Space Station, and analyze galaxies for $20 with an easy spectrograph. Or learn how to float an ordinary helium balloon and a drugstore camera to take aerial photos that are better than Google Earth.

"Space 2.0 represents the open sourcing of space exploration, a new model that could lead to faster, cheaper ways to develop space technologies," says MAKE founder Dale Dougherty. "It's also a call for makers to participate in research and development." Indeed, private space enthusiasts are developing real missions to the moon and Mars, while NASA is tapping students and amateurs to help build smartphone moon rovers and even Lego satellites.

DIY space projects in MAKE Volume 24 include:

  • Launch your own satellite into orbit for as little as $8,000
  • Eavesdrop on the Space Station with a homemade yagi antenna
  • Use your digital camera to map the geology of the moon
  • Send a space probe to the stratosphere using a weather balloon
  • Analyze galaxies for $20 with an easy spectrograph
  • Build an easy "imaging satellite" using helium balloons and a $15 digital camera
  • Tune in to satellites, planets, and the sun using amateur radio

You'll also meet the rocket mavericks who are rebooting the space race, get rock-hunting tips from TV's Meteorite Men, meet the real-life makers at Mission Control, and learn how you can help NASA hackers reinvent space technology with Lego robotics, Android smartphones, amateur contests, and more.

In addition, you'll learn how to:

  • Make a party-pleasing photo booth that prints out snapshots instantly
  • Take amazing freeze-frame photos with a simple stroboscope
  • Build a tiny Dizzy Robot that's fun for kids
  • Launch aluminum rings with an electromagnetic levitator
  • Electroplate metals in copper
  • Carve a stone bowl
  • Re-create Leonardo da Vinci's reciprocating gears
  • Cast huge objects affordably by making hard-shell silicone molds, the Adam Savage way
  • Build a temperature-switched greenhouse controller

Make these projects and more in MAKE Magazine Volume 24.

For a review copy or more information please email peyton@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

For more information on MAKE Magazine, or for interview requests, please contact Keith Hammond at khammond@oreilly.com.

Additional Resources
For more information about this issue of MAKE Magazine, see: http://www.makezine.com/24.

Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 24 Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 24
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
ISBN: 9781449382841, 176 pages
Print Price: $14.99  

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