Understanding Space: Where do I start?

Spaceflight is cool and exciting, but I’ll admit it, I’m new to all this stuff. I’ve been hanging out with some of the most well informed, well connected and knowledgable people and I’m learning a lot from them, but sometimes I’m scared to ask basic questions because I feel like I’ll come across as stupid.

That in itself is stupid, asking questions is the only way to learn and truly understand things, so I’m going to ask all the stupid questions until I understand everything, and then I’m going to do my best to share it with you.

It can be overwhelming when you start to learn something new. There’s so much out there, where do you start? Sometimes people shy away from learning new things because they don’t know where to begin, and don’t what to risk appearing stupid. I’ve already talked about the importance of breaking down the barriers to space, and now I’m going to put my money where my mouth is and have a go. It starts with asking questions, and tapping into the knowledge-base that already exists.

I’d like to create a friendly “Where on Earth do I start” page, for anyone interested in learning more about space. I’d really appreciate it if you could share your knowledge by answering the questionnaire below. Answers will come to me in a secret spreadsheet and then I’ll get on to transforming them into a (hopefully) useful resource.

Many thanks in advance – always inquisitive,



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