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January 2001

Browse our online feature offerings, from field adventures and factoids to maps and multimedia. On every feature screen you can Zoom In on Web-exclusive photo galleries and get the tech facts behind the frames. Then enter the world of writers and photographers with behind-the-scenes tales of life On Assignment. Finally, find full resource listings from links to printable maps in More to Explore. Be sure to check out this month’s Sights & Sounds—our multimedia showstopper.

Surviving in Space
A voyage to Mars may be every astronaut’s dream, but the health risks to even the most superbly conditioned Earthlings are formidable indeed.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA What part could a turkey play in space research? Find out.

Highlight: Spanish-English FORUM Long-term space travel exposes astronauts to radiation, unpredicted solar bursts, loss of muscle and bone density, and dangerous equipment malfunctions. Is space travel in the name of research worth the potential risks? Join the discussion.

Los viajes espaciales de larga duración cuestan a los astronautas y a los contribuyentes. ¿Es que viajes espaciales en nombre de la investigación valen la pena? Únase a la discusión.

Highlight: POLL Should humans travel to space?
Kingdom of Coral: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Largest structure on the planet built by living organisms, Australia’s coral rampart hosts a carnival of sea life.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA Photographer David Doubilet describes one of the planet’s “great pulses of life.”

Highlight: FORUM The Australian government has done a remarkable job protecting the Great Barrier Reef. What successful conservation efforts are you seeing in your area? Tell us about them.

Sights & Sounds

Tour this extraordinary aquatic world with photographer David Doubilet, and meet the exotic creatures that thrive there.
Kings for a Day: A Century of Mirth in Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade

Fantasy and feathers rule in Philadelphia when New Year’s revelers take to the streets in costumes fit for kings.
Ashkelon: Ancient City of the Sea

From Canaanites to Crusaders, the city of Ashkelon was a strategic Mediterranean port for nearly 5,000 years.

Highlight: FORUM Layers of history lie beneath Ashkelon, just 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of the hotly disputed Gaza Strip. How can such sites be preserved in the midst of regions where eruptions of violence are frequent? Is the preservation of antiquities worth the potential risks to human safety? Tell us what you think.

Japan’s Imperial Palace: Beyond the Moat

The heart of Tokyo shelters the home of Emperor Akihito—a modern ruler who studies fish, writes poetry, and preserves the traditions of the world’s oldest monarchy.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA Photographer Sam Abell takes you inside the walls of the imperial court.

Highlight: FORUM The world’s oldest monarchy is still revered in Japan. What is the value of monarchies in today’s world? Voice your opinion.

Highlight: ONLINE EXTRA Listen to the harmony and resonance of compositions that have entertained the Imperial court since the tenth century and learn about the haunting music called gagaku.
ZipUSA: Quartzsite, Arizona 85346

It’s Nowhere, Arizona—until November. Then more than a million devotees of RVs roll in from all over for swap meets, socializing, and the sunset-painted sky.

Highlight: NOMINATE your own wonderful, weird, or wacky choice for coverage in this new magazine series.

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