Apologies in advance for not posting much earlier this year, we’ve been rocked here at the Space Collective not only by a personal loss in a family pet, but also, and probably more significant to so many people around the world, the incredibly sad news a few weeks ago, of the death of Gene Cernan. […]Read more "The Last Man on the Moon – A life well lived"
All of us probably were left a little numb after 2016. With so much upheaval in the world of politics, combined with a seemingly endless stream of celebrities passing away, including Ed Mitchell and John Glenn to name but two from the world of human exploration, Many of us simply could not wait for the […]Read more "New Year – New Goals"
Anyone who grew up in the shadow of the Apollo era will doubtless be almost apoplectic with excitement of what is hopefully to come over the next dacade. Whilst the USA is in a major transition phase with respect to its leadership, the new incumbent appears to have a commitment to take the United States […]Read more "The Arms of Orion"
Last week gave us a sad footnote to what has been a very topsy turvy year all told in many respects. The passing at the grand age of 95 of John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and a true national/global icon in human spaceflight was one that took the space community by […]Read more "The Magnificent Seven – Mercury Astronauts"
Here at the Space Collective, we have a healthy respect for all aspects of human and robotic space missions. Over the past few months our blogs have focused on many elements of this, both current and historical, but what about the other areas of space? Astronomy and space science are intertwined with our missions and […]Read more "Watching the skies"
The outgoing Obama administration in the United States recently held a ceremony to honour some of the most remarkable people that the “Land of the Free” have ever produced. Notable actors like Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro, exemplified the acting profession, and many more equally deserving people gained this highest honour as well. But […]Read more "A long time coming… Apollo Guidance Legend finally rewarded"
This week has seen one of the most monumental upheavals in political history, of that there is no doubt whatsoever. In the UK and the United States over the past few months, the political landscape has changed completely. But politics is not something we really want to discuss on this blog post, or is it? […]Read more "A Brave New World?"
As we sit here, looking over the last few weeks of quite remarkable events in space, such as the explosion of the ESA EDM lander on Mars (Maintaining the record of 0% success rate for any non-U.S launched vehicle in getting to and doing science from the surface of the red planet), our attention was […]Read more "The Long March to Mars? Chinese Takeaway"
Today we’re celebrating one of the unsung greats of the pioneering era of Spaceflight, a man who sadly passed away only a few years ago, but who made an invaluable contribution to our understanding of orbital spaceflight, and who’s cool under pressure, not only saved him, but probably the NASA Mercury space program as well. […]Read more "We Seven…. Tales of Mercury’s “Poetic” Astronaut"
As I sit here writing this, a team at the European Space Agency are still living with the faint hope that their lander has not become the latest victim of the “Curse of Mars” In over 50 years of attempts, no Russian launched space vehicle has ever made it for more than a few seconds […]Read more "The Great Galactic Ghoul"