Inspiring People: Paolo Nespoli, ESA astronaut

Posted by on May 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Paolo Nespoli was the first astronaut I ever met, and as well being completely wide-eyed at the fact I was talking to an astronaut, I was also quickly won over by his easygoing style of communication. He didn’t make me feel silly for asking the same questions he must have answered at least one hundred times […]

Exploring the Cite de l’espace, Toulouse

Posted by on April 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  I’ve been thinking for a long while that I should write reviews of different space centres and museums, and my visit to Cite de l’espace in Toulouse has finally motivated me to get on and do so. I’ll be honest, I knew that they had a full scale model of an Ariane 5 rocket and I’d […]

Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission

Posted by on January 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Richard Garriott

I was lucky enough to hear Richard Garriott, gaming impresario and private astronaut, recount his personal tale of his mission to space at Yuri’s night at Ames in 2010 – and what a story it is. Yuri’s night at NASA Ames was quite an experience in itself. A two-day celebration of all things space, at […]

Dear Science Museum… don't hide the star exhibit

Posted by on April 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I love the Science Museum in London. I always have, whether it was because it had lots of buttons to press as a child, because I learned they house Watson and Crick’s original model of the DNA double helix when I was thinking of studying genetics, or because they have adults-only evenings with interesting talks. I love it. […]