National Geographic : 2018 Mar
60 LIFE AMONG THE RUINS FEATURES I CONTENTS Syria’s civil war turned Aleppo neighborhoods into rubble. Now, as a fragile normalcy returns to the city, the challenge is to rebuild what was lost. By Caelainn Hogan Photographs by Sebastián Liste On the Cover Peggy Whitson has spent more days in space than any other U.S. astronaut: 665, accumulated over three flights. Raised in Iowa, Whitson is also the first woman to serve as NASA’s chief astronaut and the first woman to command the International Space Station. “As I’ve traveled farther away from that farm in Iowa,” she says, “my sense of what home is has expanded. Since being in space, home is actually planet Earth.” Photo by Dan Winters march 2018 • vol. 233 • no. 3 • official journal of the national geographic society 68 | BEYOND THE BLUE MARBLE Earth, in astronauts’ eyes. By Nadia Drake Photographs by Martin Schoeller 108 | DRYING LAKES The world’s inland waters suffer due to overuse, cli- mate change, and drought. By Kenneth R. Weiss 30 | EPIC JOURNEYS Why do some birds mi- grate thousands of miles? How are they able to find their way to the same summer and winter sites year after year? Even as researchers answer those questions, they’re discov- ering how humans disrupt these ancient journeys. By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Photographs by Stephen Wilkes 88 | WHEN LIFE GOT COMPLICATED From microbes to animals. By David Quammen Photographs by David Liittschwager FRONT FROM THE EDITOR Singer-songwriter Paul McCartney on skipping meat one day a week VISIONS EXPLORE Wellness The health benefits of coffee and mushrooms; printing a human organ; and lon- gevity tourism in China SPECIAL POSTER: BIRD MIGRATIONS 134 | SIBERIAN SOLITUDE Life in an isolated village. By Eve Conant Photographs by Elena Anosova Corrections and Clarifications Go to natgeo.com/corrections.