Liquid water on Mars – does it deserve the fuss?

Posted by on September 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  It’s been an exciting 24 hours for the online (and indeed offline) space community – first there was the “Super Blood Moon”, where a lunar eclipse allowed the Moon take on an eerie deep red colour in the early hours of Monday morning, and then NASA revealed what its much-anticipated  big announcement trailed as […]

So you want to land on Mars?

Posted by on June 13, 2015 at 12:03 am

So you wanna land on Mars? Yeah – sounds good. Got any tips? Well first off: Good luck! What do you mean “good luck”? – we’re talking about rocket science aren’t we? Yeah, and if you spend any time with rocket scientists you’re going to hear someone say “space is hard”. That’s because it is. […]

The time we took on Unilever – and won!

Posted by on February 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm

It all started with this post in which I outlined why I thought the Lynx/Axe Space Academy competition was damagingly sexist. The post ruffled a few feathers and was amplified via Twitter and Facebook. Since the issue made me so cross, I phoned the Lynx press office in the UK to get their thoughts on […]

Is Curiosity the key to life on Mars?

Posted by on November 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm
MSL doing science!

It’s the ultimate detective story: The case of the missing molecules on Mars. But in this mystery it’s not Sherlock Holmes playing the master detective, but a team of scientists studying the origins of life. “Our story really begins more than thirty years ago when Viking lands on Mars and tries to detect organics” says […]