On Monday a group of students crossed the car park near Hanger 1 to visit a company based inside a small unused McDonalds. Between 1966 and 1968 five satellites were tasked to photograph the moon in preparation for the Apollo landing. Each satellite developed the film on board, scanned the negatives with a […]
Yesterday we had a talk from Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames Research Centre. He took us through NASA’s current programmes, including Kepler – the search for new planets that orbit their sun at a position in their solar system that allow for life to arise. During NASA’s LCROSS search for water on the moon, […]
Last week we had a talk on how to build an environment that could support life on Mars. Despite appearing wildly ambitious, it is something NASA, and a number of private space exploration companies are already doing. The rationale behind it lies in the belief that some day we will need to leave earth in […]
Anousheh Ansari gave a presentation yesterday, about being the first female space tourist to the ISS. She talked a lot about the ‘Overview Effect’ – the impact of seeing the earth from above. It appears as a peaceful, unified earth, without nations, religions or race.
All the asteroids in our solar system. 99% of the asteroids that hit the earth are unpredicted. How did NASA find out about the Chelyabinsk asteroid? Twitter.
Do most children have a space obsession? I certainly did. It lasted until A-Level, but after being told Astrophysics at university was out of my mathematically challenged reach, it receded into the background. It surfaced again this year reading The Mind of God by physicist Paul Davies. Its a short, whirlwind of a book, which […]