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!
Apollo 11: What we learnt and what’s to come
On July 20th, 52 years ago, humanity first set foot on the moon- the culmination of the original cold war era space race and the endless hours of work of countless passionate scientists and engineers from across the world. Although the program didn’t blossom into permanent inhabitation of the moon, it inspired so many people… Continue reading Apollo 11: What we learnt and what’s to come
Spectacular Scientists: Lauren Killam
Welcome back to another instalment of Spectacular Scientists... but this time although she has a STEM background, she isn't a typical scientist- Lauren is studying to be a space lawyer! Just goes to show you don't have to be an engineer to work in the space industry! The pandemic may have postponed her studies, but… Continue reading Spectacular Scientists: Lauren Killam
The Decade in Spaceflight
Rocket technology has come a long way since the start of the decade, with the rise of commercial spaceflight and integration of public and private agencies. It began with the end of an era. The space shuttle program was NASA’s longest running mission series, with its first launch way back in 1981. The program was… Continue reading The Decade in Spaceflight
The Decade in Space Exploration
This decade has perhaps been the most pivotal since the 1960s/70s, in terms of space exploration, both crewed and uncrewed! (to read more about the development of human spaceflight, click here) We maintained our continuous presence in space, with 41 missions to the International Space Station, ranging in length between 64 days and a year!… Continue reading The Decade in Space Exploration
The Artemis Generation
50 years ago, the world was awestruck as the space race fuelled innovation at a speed not yet seen before, resulting in the first human setting foot on the moon just a decade after the first satellite was launched! But as the cold war and threat of nuclear attack fizzled out with the fading US-Russia… Continue reading The Artemis Generation
5 things that made the SpaceX launch so cool!
All rocket launches are awesome feats of engineering and science, but what made Demo-2 special? I’ve never watched a rocket launch in real life (I was meant to see the Parker Solar Probe launch in 2018, but it got pushed past the length of my visit to the space coast 😭) but every time I… Continue reading 5 things that made the SpaceX launch so cool!
Why was the 1st Demo-2 launch scrubbed?
Wednesday (May 27th) was meant to mark a momentous occasion in the history of spaceflight, a stepping stone to a more sustainable, accessible future: the first crewed launch of a commercial vehicle, and the first orbital launch from the US in 9 years! 1st image- the first commercial partnership astronauts: Doug Hurley (Right) and Bob… Continue reading Why was the 1st Demo-2 launch scrubbed?
What’s leaving Earth in 2020?
Its the beginning of a new year (just about, this is going up later than I planned!), so many people are thinking about what they should leave behind in 2019… but what will be leaving the earth this year? As well as the 50,000 tonnes of matter that the earth will lose over the year,… Continue reading What’s leaving Earth in 2020?
Moon or Mars?
This past week, there has been quite a lot of attention on space travel, due to the fact that July 20th marked 50 years since the Apollo moon landing! And what makes this even more exciting is that recently, NASA announced its accelerated plans to put people on the moon again… by 2024! The main… Continue reading Moon or Mars?