For my practice DofE expedition last April, we headed down to Dartmoor… and it's safe to say that coming from the relatively flat central south England, the hills were a shock! But why is Dartmoor so hilly, compared to the rest of the South? The dichotomy is often depicted on maps by the imaginary Tees-Exe… Continue reading Holiday Geology: Dartmoor
CubeSats- the future of the space industry?
In-Space's Faraday Satellite Last year, I got the chance to do some work experience at In-Space Missions, and I got to see what it really takes to launch a satellite- from design to orbit! It was such a valuable experience to hear from space professionals talk about their jobs and their journey into such an… Continue reading CubeSats- the future of the space industry?
JWST: A new era of planetary science
In case you missed part one of the JWST series, check it out here for explanations of more of the first images, as well as an insight into how the telescope works! But now, its time to move on to the JWST targets I find most intriguing- planets! WASP 96b: A distant world of discovery… Continue reading JWST: A new era of planetary science
JWST Unfolds the Universe: Distant Galaxies & Cosmic Cliffs
Last week, the first full colour images of the universe, as seen by the new James Webb Space telescope (the successful launch of which was the astronomy community's collective Christmas present last year!), were published- leaving everyone in awe of both the universe's beauty, and of the new era of science it ushers in. If… Continue reading JWST Unfolds the Universe: Distant Galaxies & Cosmic Cliffs
The New Superpowers of Space
Back when we were first reaching out to the stars, there were only 2 really big players in the space industry: USA and Russia/ the Soviet Union. Of course there were private contractors hired (mostly by NASA) to build components, but most of these were primarily defence or aviation companies whose technology or expertise could… Continue reading The New Superpowers of Space
What’s up in 2022? Spaceflight Edition!
Last was a big year for space exploration, with the arrival of 2020’s Mars launches in February followed by an exciting summer of commercial human spaceflight firsts- bringing the space industry to the attention of the general public (and provoking some much needed conversation about the ethics of spaceflight). Let's take a look at what 2022… Continue reading What’s up in 2022? Spaceflight Edition!
What a year! It was definitely a busy one- as you could probably guess seeing as I’ve only published 3 articles since July! I didn’t get to spend as much time writing for here as I’d hoped, so I didn’t quite reach my goals for visitors and views- but I’m so grateful for every single… Continue reading Thanks 2021!
How JWST can see exoplanets and ‘a bee on the moon’
If you’ve paid attention to any science news lately, you’ll know that the long awaited James Webb Space Telescope was probably this year’s best christmas present for anyone in the space community, with a successful launch yesterday (25/12/21) just before UK readers were tucking into christmas lunch! And when you hear that this mission is… Continue reading How JWST can see exoplanets and ‘a bee on the moon’
Space on Earth
When we celebrated World Space Week (4-10th October), much of the focus was on, well, space! And when you think about fields like astrobiology, you probably think of exoplanets, exploring the solar system or maybe aliens in sci-fi movies. But a lot of space research, especially that of astrobiology or planetary science, is actually conducted… Continue reading Space on Earth
World Space Week 2021: 21 women in space you should know
This week is World Space Week, and a perfect reason to get back into the habit of writing for the blog! (I know it's been a while, life’s been busy!) This week I have 3 articles to share with you, and I’ll be sharing on Instagram too! This year’s theme is women in space, so… Continue reading World Space Week 2021: 21 women in space you should know