History is being made as we speak at Cape Canaveral Airforce Station in Florida. On 14th April 2014, Space X signed a 20 year lease of Launchpad 39A from NASA. PAD 39A has real historic significance, as it was the pad used for the launch of all Apollo missions, except Apollo 10 and 82 shuttle […]Read more "Pad 39A: Space history and space future"
There’s been a bit of talk in the media recently about plans to build a private, commercial International Space station. As commercial spaceflight becomes more prevailant, I thought I’d have a look at this in more detail. Funding for the ISS is complex, the cost is split between all participants: USA, Russia, Canada, Japan and […]Read more "Space Bucks. The future of the ISS."
I’ve already written my top 5 review of the space year…now it’s time to get personal. 2016. The year that I fulfilled so many dreams and goals. The year I pushed myself to the limits of what I thought I was capable of. The year I did lots of things that scared me. February was […]Read more "This time it’s personal. My space review of 2016"
So we’re nearly at the end of 2016! Good riddance you say? It hasn’t all been bad! There have been some amazing scientific discoveries and space moments! Here’s my pick of the 5 best! Gravitational Waves The discovery of the existence of gravitational waves must surely be the greatest scientific breakthrough of 2016. Over […]Read more "2016 Space review"
So here I am. About to jet off to Florida to attend the GOESR NASA Social. It really is a dream come true for me. This year has been amazing and this really is the icing on the cake. Not only is it my first rocket launch, I’m also going to be watching it with […]Read more "GO GO GOESR"
Oh Schiaparelli! Or should we say Scraparelli? NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected an area of Mars which has been disturbed. When I say disturbed, I mean an area of Mars where a lander has crashed at high speed creating a huge charred area. Take a look!! These pics were taken as part of a […]Read more "Scraparelli!"
Huge excitement as I headed off to the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt again for the finale of the Exomars mission; the orbit insertion of the Trace Gas Orbiter around Mars and the landing of Schiaparelli, the demonstration lander The day itself was fairly relaxed at ESOC. I joined the rest of the media […]Read more "Mars exploration is hard…that’s why we do it! "
Ahead of tomorrow’s landing of #schiaparelli on Mars, here’s my top 10 Exomars facts you should know! 1 Exomars’ Trace Gas Orbiter has the capability of detecting gases around Mars greater than any other Mars mission. It will be looking for gases such as methane and nitrogen oxide, which may suggest life. 2 Exomars is a […]Read more "10 Exomars facts you should know"
I haven’t written anything for a while. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on. Really hard stuff. I lost my inspiration, my love of things. I still have to some extent. But then I went out today with some friends, to one of my favourite places, Dalby Forest. We walked 11k and for part […]Read more "Every man’s sky"
I’ve been a bit slow with the blog posts from my trip, but I think I’ve needed a bit of time to step back and reflect! It was a crazy 2 weeks! Spacefest was the main reason for the whole trip. I remember seeing it advertised over a year ago and booking my flights as […]Read more "Spacefest"