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We’re living on a tiny, slightly warm rock flying around a star as it hurtles through the vastness of the galaxy. It’s only natural to wonder what’s out there, beyond the confines of our atmosphere, in the cold expanse of space. However, we’re makers. We don’t have to just wonder – we can build things that go and take a look.
This month, we’re looking at how hackers and makers can explore space – whether that’s putting electronics in orbit, or listening in to the sounds of space with a network of satellite ground stations.
Of course, it’s not all orbital mechanics. We also take a look at the repair café movement which is helping protect this planet, rather than leave it, and investigate the best robots around. Whatever world you’re interested in, read on for the best hacking and making around.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.