Space, Spaceflight, UK Space Industry

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

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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!

Space, Spectacular Scientists

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

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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

Space, Spaceflight, UK Space Industry

So you want to be an astronaut: Europe Edition!

ESA opens Astronaut Applications Earlier this month, ESA (the European Space Agency… thankfully the UK remains a part of ESA despite Brexit!) announced they would be opening astronaut applications for the first time since 2008! Although I can’t apply, this is still incredibly exciting- so I immediately signed up to attend the press conference… and… Continue reading So you want to be an astronaut: Europe Edition!

Physics, SciComm, Space

What is Inspiration 4?

Although it was announced at the beginning of February, the mission shot to public attention after an out of this world commercial at the superbowl. So, what is it?   Inspiration 4 will be the first fully commercial, all civilian, orbital crewed space mission!  Let’s break down what this actually means: Fully Commercial: means that unlike… Continue reading What is Inspiration 4?

SciComm, Space, UK Space Industry

So you want to work in the space industry- UK edition!

When you think of space, the organisation that immediately springs to mind is NASA, and then probably SpaceX. But for those of us who don’t live in the US, the fact that a lot of the big companies and funding for space research are found there is more than a little disheartening, especially when you… Continue reading So you want to work in the space industry- UK edition!

Space, Spaceflight

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

SciComm, Space, Spectacular Scientists

Spectacular Scientists: Joalda Morancy

Welcome back to my spectacular scientists series! It’s been a while, but we are kicking it off again with Joalda- also known as @solarrsystem on Twitter- she creates the most amazing threads about all kinds of space-y things. Some are mainly educational, covering fascinating topics like wormholes, space agriculture, and asteroid mining, but also less… Continue reading Spectacular Scientists: Joalda Morancy

Space, Spaceflight

The Evolution of the Spacesuit

Spacesuits are a personal lifeboat for astronauts- a few millimetre thick layer between the extreme vacuum of space and survival.  First up, what is a spacesuit? Essentially, they are a personal space station! They have air to breathe, strong fabric/seams to keep the air in and maintain pressure, water to stay hydrated (& a ‘space… Continue reading The Evolution of the Spacesuit