Moon Landing Memories

This summer marks 50 years since the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing – one of the defining moments of the 20th century.

To mark this historic anniversary, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the UK Space Agency want to hear your memories of the Moon landings or how this iconic event has inspired you.

via Moon Landing MemoriesWhen the world stopped and looked to the stars

Visit the site and submit your Moon landing story.


Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Successfully Completes First Flight

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, successfully launched Allen’s dream of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft for a 2.5 hour trip from the Mojave Air and Space Port over the desert. Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, today successfully completed the first flight…

via Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Successfully Completes First Flight as the World’s Largest All-Composite Aircraft — Laughing Squid

Moon Lander Failed

I was watching the live stream of the Beresheet lander and despite the language barrier, that sudden silence in a room full of people is universal for, ‘something is not right’.
Such as shame, but what a final image! I look forward to their next attempt.

First Black Hole Image

First image of black hole M87*
First ever image of a black hole. Credit:EHT Collaboration

It’s nice to witness a moment in human history occur.

I (un-realistically) hoped it would be a Hubble-type image. But, then I think of all the other discoveries we have made which were just pixel-sized images when I was a child, and now we have imaged in high resolution, flow by or even landed on them! This is just the start of further discovery.

Image via EHT Collaboration. More info in press release and video on the ESO website.

Orbital Reflector – Nevada Museum of Art

Orbital Reflector is a sculpture constructed of a lightweight material similar to Mylar. It is housed in a small box-like infrastructure known as a CubeSat and launched into space aboard a rocket. Once in low Earth orbit at a distance of about 350 miles (575 kilometers) from Earth, the CubeSat opens and releases the sculpture, which self-inflates like a balloon. Sunlight reflects onto the sculpture making it visible from Earth with the naked eye — like a slowly moving artificial star as bright as a star in the Big Dipper.

via Orbital Reflector – Nevada Museum of Art

Orbital Reflector launches December 1st and should appear in the southern hemisphere first, according to the FAQs.

I’m looking forward to seeing it after missing out on seeing the Humanity Star discoball!

Stephen Hawking: Visionary physicist dies aged 76 – BBC News

World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said.
The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.

via Stephen Hawking: Visionary physicist dies aged 76 – BBC News

Whenever I was in Cambridge I always hoped to catch a glimpse of him around, now – assuming time is linear – I’m sad that won’t happen.

A remarkable human. Stephen Hawking RIP.

Mars Series

Just finished watching MARS series produced by National Geographic channel.

Great series that had me forget that I was watching what is (so far) fiction. It was also a lot more story based than I was expecting, but the human stories helped create the Mars world. The mix of realistic action and the the interviews really made me forget I was watching something non-factual in places – despite the miles of wasteful corridors of the Mars base, it was more corridor than habitat in places!


Image: Mars Endeavour Crater captured by NASA Opportunity rover


Man Made Planet: Earth from Space

Using images of Earth taken from space across the last 45 years and stunning time-lapse sequences, astronauts reveal how humanity is transforming the world – for better and worse

Very interesting programme on Channel 4 about our planet and the changes going on to the environment. Amazing timelapse photography sequences, unfortunately very clearly showing the changes for the worst, as captured from space.

via Man Made Planet: Earth from Space – All 4