Space, Spaceflight, UK Space Industry

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?

Space

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

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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

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!

Physics, Space

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, 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

About, SciComm, Space, UK Space Industry

How to find and make the most of work experience!

Getting work experience is difficult even in normal years, and the pandemic made it even more challenging. But don't let this deter you! Work Experience is really valuable, and can help you figure out what you like (and don't like) so you can narrow down the fields you want to pursue further. When searching for… Continue reading How to find and make the most of work experience!

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Triton and other Mysteries of the Neptunian System

Neptune is the furthest planet from the sun, at a whopping 30 Astronomical Units (where 1AU = distance between earth and sun). Its distance and low albedo (how much light it reflects) mean that it's not visible to the naked eye- so its discovery was somewhat more complex than the other planets, most of which… Continue reading Triton and other Mysteries of the Neptunian System