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"
So it’s finally about to happen? That’s the question really on everyone’s lips after the monumental announcement a few weeks ago by Elon Musk of Space X that he intends not only to fly a crewed vehicle to Mars by the mid 2020’s but to start a full scale colonisation program. The reaction online was […]Read more "Mission to Mars – Could it be a reality?"
Space Exploration is time and again proving to be one of the key drivers in STEM and educational outreach. More so than pretty much any other branch of science, anything to do with space (or dinosaurs) will inspire young children through to old alike. We just attended one of the largest science shows in […]Read more "The Power of Science"
Working in the space industry has its perks, of that there is no doubt. If you’re an engineer, working on something that will be launched, or possibly even land on another world must rank amongst the highest points in anyone’s career. The superb documentary series “Moon Machines” which can be found online, highlights the personal stories […]Read more "A Rare and Wonderful Thing"
The last few weeks have proven to be very interesting in space science. Firstly we had the catastrophic explosion on the launch pad of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Thankfully nobody was seriously injured, and the launch (as have been all in the USA for some time now) was unmanned, with just a satellite, […]Read more "Hide and Seek, Space is Hard"
WHAT’S THIS SPACE FOOD MALARKEY ALL ABOUT? So you want to learn a thing or two about space food do you? Well you’ve come to the right place! In what is to be a series of blog posts we will learn about the evolution of space food, from the early space race all the way […]Read more "An Introduction to Space Food"
Planet Nine… is it really there? Ever since the discovery of Pluto and then its subsequent demotion to dwarf planet status, astronomers have been on the hunt for yet more denizens of the outer solar system. The Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt, initially theory and then proven to exist, stretching out from beyond the orbit of Neptune, appears […]Read more "Planet Nine… from Outer Space"
This last week China announced their plans to place a robotic rover on the Martian surface by 2020. This now means that NASA, ESA, China and SpaceX have firm plans to deliver landers to Mars within the next 8 years. With multiple orbiters around the planet, it seems that 40 years on from Viking, once […]Read more "The Red Planet & the Race to Mars"
Mercury, the nearest planet to the Sun, recently made the headlines again due to the success of the robotic Messenger mission. For this post however, I’d like to look at another great “Mercury” adventure. A great deal of debate still rages on in U.S politics at the moment. The candidates, of which there are two, are […]Read more "Mercury Rising: The New Frontier"