Episode 67 : Technik Museum Speyer

This episode is a preview of some of the space related exhibits in Europe’s largest aerospace museum – Speyer Technik Museum, in Germany. If you ever go and the following may entice you to do so,  four space exhibits to look out for include the following: Soyuz TM19 – The landing capsule Soyuz TM-19 was […]

Episode 63 – Rakesh Sharma India’s first and only spaceman

With a population of 1.2 billion people, India has just one national with first hand experience of spaceflight. Rakesh Sharma, a now retired Indian Air Force wing commander in 1984 spent eight days in space aboard the Soviet space station Salyut 7. This account of his spaceflight was recorded at this home in the Nilgris […]

Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester – Errata

This book was published over a year ago.  I thought it would be useful to share with you some of the corrections and comments I have received. Naturally, if you are aware of others please drop me a line. * * * P7:  Korloev died in 1966 not in 1967 as stated  on p17. Thanks Dave Shayler […]

Gagarin Statue – Update

Unfortunately, it is not coming to Manchester but going to the Royal Observatory in London instead.  More Details in the fifth and final newsletter #5 – which I have duplicated below. * * * Bring Gagarin statue to Manchester. Campaign update #5: 6th October 2012 Sadly, I have to report that the Gagarin statue will […]

Episode 52: 7th June 2012: Michael Wood Historian and Gagarin’s visit to Manchester

Historian Michael Wood’s documentary, The Great British Story – A People’s History, is currently being screened in the UK. Michael is from Manchester and was visiting Liverpool last weekend where he made time for this recording.

Transit of Venus and the Great British Story

The last hour of so of the transit of Venus on 6th June 2012 will be visible during sunrise from northwest of England. The following links should answer most if not all your queries.

Listen to a short interview above on Radio Merseyside with Roger Phillips today. For details of the Yuri Gagarin talk […]

7th June 2012 Yuri Gagarin in Manchester – Chorlton History Group

I will be speaking at the Chorlton History Group about Gagarin’s visit to Manchester on 12th July 1961.  On his drive from the airport, Gagarin drove through Chorlton in his open top car – in the rain. The presentation will include a rare video (originally cine) film of Gagarin in Manchester and several unpublished photos. […]

BIS Northern Meeting York 19th May 2012

A British Interplanetary Society  meeting with a difference. The venue is in the North of England – the historic city of York. You don’t have to be a BIS member – all with an interest in spaceflight are welcome. A day long event with five speakers on subjects that include Lunar dust, Soviet & German […]

Gagarin Statue Campaign – Open Letter

The campaign to bring the statue of Yuri Gagarin continues to attract support and now has almost 400 supporters who have signed the petition.  Over the  last few weeks  two dozen individuals, many of whom you will recognise, have added their significant weight to the campaign and signed the open letter below. The names include […]

Book about Gagarin’s visit to the UK in 1961

Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester A Smile that Changed the World? The story of the World’s first spaceman’s five days in the UK 11th – 15th July 1961   To buy ebook or paperback – email publications@astrotalkuk.org *  *  *   Reviews London Society Journal “This fascinating and well-researched book recounts the legendary Soviet […]