The GLXP is dead. Long live the GLXP!

Posted by on July 31, 2017 at 6:16 pm

*This post was written before the GLXP released new information about the prize deadline on 16th August 2017 – and is based on the idea that the teams must launch before the end of 2017* In 2010 I found myself on the Isle of Man, reporting on the Google Lunar XPRIZE team summit that was […]

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 […]