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?

Space, Spaceflight

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

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

Space, Spaceflight

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?