Amazing Encounters

Amazing Encounters: Apollo 13′s Jim Lovell

Posted by on November 29, 2015 at 1:23 am

Captain James “Jim” Lovell, a veteran of four space flights, was part the Apollo crew that flew closer to the Sun than any other, and also holds the unfortunate accolade of being the only person to fly to the Moon twice and never step foot on it. At 87, he’s starting to look a little […]

Amazing Encounters: Valentina Tereshkova

Posted by on September 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova – first woman in space, and only female to have done a solo spaceflight – was always going to be on my list of heroes. So as I walk into the large IMAX auditorium at the Science Museum and take a seat for a special Q&A session with her, I can barely […]

Amazing Encounters: Sergey Krikalev

Posted by on September 20, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Sergey Krikalev is a softly spoken, humble gentleman. Meeting him, you wouldn’t guess he’s been awarded the highest accolades of both the Soviet Union and Russia – he’s a hero of both. With six spaceflights and eight spacewalks under his belt, he was, until very recently, the holder of the record for most time spent […]

Charlie Bolden’s Challenge

Posted by on June 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

NASA Administrator Major General Charles Bolden was in London last week to receive an honorary fellowship from the Royal Aeronautical Society. Attending the lecture that accompanied the award I knew to expect inspirational words – eloquently spoken – with glimpses of the personal reasons that NASA’s mission is so important to him. There would be […]