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The Last Space Shuttle Commander

Christopher J Ferguson reveals his regret at the retirement of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle in 2011, but tells us how he’s now looking forward to working on the next generation of spacecraft at Boeing.

Interviewed by Jonathan O’Callaghan

INTERVIEW BIO

Christopher J Ferguson

Age: 51

First mission: STS-115

No. of missions: 3

Time in space: 40 days

Born on 1 September 1961, Ferguson is a retired US Navy Captain and NASA astronaut. He was the pilot on STS-115 in September 2006 and commander for STS-126 in November 2008, before serving as the final Space Shuttle commander aboard Atlantis for the

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The last pharaoh and the fall of ancient Egypt

In 30 BCE, a love affair between a powerful queen and a respected military leader caused scandal in Rome and ultimately brought about the end of a royal dynasty

Cleopatra VII remains an icon of both the ancient and modern world. Today, she continues to captivate and puzzle historians, remaining one of history’s most enchanting and enigmatic figures.

The alliance of Mark Antony and Cleopatra changed the face of the world. A coalition which began as a political statement soon evolved into a tumultuous, and later tragic, love affair.

Despite her florid reputation, Cleopatra took only two lovers — both

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The last of the money

COMPLETED at Hawker’s factory at Langley, Buckinghamshire on July 27, 1944, Mk.llc PZ865 was the last of the more than 14,500 Hurricanes to be builtTo mark this milestone, the fighter had The Last of the Many! adorned on both sides of its fuselage, just aft of the cockpit.

PZ865 was rolled out bedecked with banners listing notable campaigns and theatres of war during the type’s service career — including the Battle of France, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, Malta, Russia, Africa, Burma, Italy and Normandy.The fighter then carried out its maiden flight in the hands of Hawker’s chief test pilot

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THE LAST GREAT AIR RACE

On the afternoon of October 8, 1953, eight assorted aircraft came under starter’s orders at London Airport. As HRH The Duke of Gloucester waved his flag he would have witnessed a cornucopia of aircraft, including the latest military jets, an assortment of older machines and a smattering of airliners. Included in the latter was the pride of BEA — the latest Vickers Viscount turboprop.

Ancestry

Arrangements for the race began in 1948 and it had originally been planned to mark the centenary of the Province of Canterbury, NZ in 1950 but delays meant the race slipped until 1953. Modelled on

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The inheritance of food

Gastronomy is something of a family heirloom in the Rostang household. But, that didn’t stop fifth generation chef and multiple Michelin star holder Michel Rostang from being one of the humblest chefs Sudeshna Ghost has interviewed.

He comes from a family of restaurateurs, so becoming a chef was an inevitability for Michel Rostang. As he himself admits, «I can’t imagine not being a chef. If is natural, I’ve been living and breathing food since I was a baby.” With seven restaurants, and over 30 years of cooking under his belt, many might say if is time for him to enjoy

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THE HYPE

ABOUT HUDCs

LARGER AND RELATIVELY MORE AFFORDABLE THAN PRIVATE CONDOS, HUDC APARTMENTS OFFER HDB UPGRADERS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO EXECUTIVE CONDOS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY. BUT ARE THEY GOOD INVESTMENTS? HERE ARE FOUR FACTS ABOUT THEM.

MOST HUDC PROPERTIES ARE NOW CONSIDERED «PRIVATE CONDOS»

Consider HUDC (Housing and Urban Development Company) flats the predecessors of executive condominiums. First built in the 1970s and 1980s by the Housing Development Board (HDB) to give middle-income home buyers an option between HDB flats and private properties, some examples of HUDC flats include Farrer Court, Laguna Park, Lake View Estate, Pine Grove and Chancery Court.

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THE IMAGE MAKER

In the first of a new series on the art of image manipulation, B+W Photographer of the Year 2012, Clayton Bastiani, reveals a simple technique he uses to create multiple layer images with atmosphere and mood.

love making photographs as much as I love taking them. Photographers have been at it for a very long time — read Colin Harding’s feature (B+W issue 150) on Oscar Rejlander’s The Two Ways of Life, created in 1857 and a fantastic example of combination printing.

Over the coming months I aim to introduce you to some very simple methods of photo-manipulation and photo

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THE HUNT FOR EXOPLANETS

Meet the scientists who are hunting for worlds outside our Solar System in an attempt to find Earth-like planets that, like our own, could be hospitable to life.

Written by Jonathan O’Callaghan

Up until 1992 the thought that there might be other sentient life out there in the universe was one that was generally met with incredulity and disbelief. Those branding aliens as real were looked upon disdainfully, and the mere suggestion that humans were just one of many types of life in the cosmos was not one that was given much credibility.

However, the discovery of an exoplanet (one

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The Hub Airport Debate

It’s a crisp early autumn morning in the Province of Quebec, Canada, and the world’s biggest airport is just hours from its official opening.

Coach loads of VIPs are heading north-west from Montreal to watch the Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau welcome the first arrival at Mirabel International Airport.

Among its more noteworthy features, the new airport boasts an area bigger than that of the city it serves as well as the potential to handle 20 million passengers a year. Inevitably, the farmers who had to sell their land to make way for it are disgruntled. Some of today’s guests are

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The Hunder Corsair.

If the best minds in the world had set out to find us the worst possible location to fight a war, the unanimous choice would have been Korea,” said Secretary of State Dean Acheson.

On December 4, 1950, a flight of four Vought F4U-4 Corsairs of the US Navy’s VF-32 from the USS Leyte went on an armed reconnaissance mission to support US Marines fighting near the Chosin Reservoir. In that flight was Ensign Jesse Brown (the first African-American Naval aviator) and flying on his wing was Lt (JG) Thomas Hudner. Chinese soldiers were pouring over the Yalu River and

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