European astronaut Tim Peake returning to Earth

Posted by on June 18, 2016 at 1:37 am

As Britain gets ready to welcome astronaut Tim Peake home from space, I can’t help be distracted by the heartbreaking news about MP Jo Cox, and frankly terrifying new EUref campaign poster from UKIP. Mine is a blog about space, not about politics, but this is important to me – vitally important. Jo Cox’s life and actions, […]

One giant leap for humankind, one giant leap backwards for equality

Posted by on November 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

(Hastily written on tube journeys – forgive typos) This morning I’m full of conflicting emotions. So excited -so excited – that ESA managed to pull off the incredible feat of landing Philae on comet 67P, but also sad. I’m sad, truly disappointed, upset about that shirt. The shirt I’m referring to of course, is that […]

A Bad Week for Commercial Space

Posted by on November 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

It’s been a tough week for commercial spaceflight. We know spaceflight is hard, but two stark reminders so close together really bring the message home. Before I realised that space was “real”, before I met someone who actually worked for NASA, these stories might have caught my eye in the paper, made me gasp at […]

Is US-Russian space co-operation at risk?

Posted by on April 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Today I was alerted via Twitter to the news that “all NASA contacts with Russian Government representatives are suspended, unless the activity has been specifically excepted”. This is as a result of the ongoing situation in Ukraine in relation to the sovereignty of the nation. My initial concern was what this would mean for operation […]