Space Race 2.0

Back in the 1960s, a good proportion of Americans didn’t think it was a good idea to go to the Moon: 47% of them thought it wasn’t worth the government’s money, which would be better spent on their home planet. In 2019, on the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s Moon landing, New … Continue reading Space Race 2.0

Virgin numbers: Branson makes it to space (maybe)

The billionaires’ race to space has been won by Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, who took a spaceflight aboard the VSS Unity on the 11th July, the first billionaire to reach the peak in their own craft. There is a little question of whether he actually got high enough, or whether he only made it … Continue reading Virgin numbers: Branson makes it to space (maybe)

What spaceflight does to body and brain

Two new studies have analysed the impact of space travel on humans – and one could be of benefit here on Earth. US scientists studying the effects of weightlessness on mice may have found a possible cure for muscle and bone loss in the elderly. A team led by Se-Jin Lee and Emily Germain-Lee, from … Continue reading What spaceflight does to body and brain

How the moon landing changed the world

50 years ago Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and uttered those famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. And what a giant leap it has been. The moon landing transformed the way we understand our own planet, as well as providing technology we use every day. But not … Continue reading How the moon landing changed the world

Behind the scenes of Apollo 11

As a space nerd, speaking to people who have landed on the moon is probably a normal person’s version of meeting Beyoncé and the Yankees on the same day. For Todd Douglas Miller, not only did he get to meet one of his heroes, Michael Collins, he also got to spend thousands of hours watching … Continue reading Behind the scenes of Apollo 11

The strange story of Neil Armstrong’s bag

In July 2017 famed auction house Sotheby’s auctioned a unique piece of space history. The prices were expected to reach well over $4 million, but ultimately the gavel fell at “just” $1.8 million. NASA was none too pleased about the sale. But what this object is, and how it came to be on sale, is … Continue reading The strange story of Neil Armstrong’s bag