Episode 39: March 19th 2011: Spacecraft Operations

Scroll to the bottom for the audio and video. Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, thousands of unmanned spacecraft have been launched, mostly to Earth orbit, but many have gone to the inner and outer planets, and four of them have pretty much left the Solar System altogether. European Space Agency’s Mars Express […]

Apollo astronaut in UK

Last year it was Dr Edgar Mitchell from Apollo 14 – video here.  This spring, Ken Willoughby has arranged  Captain Dick Gordon to visit Pontefract. Dick Gordon flew on Gemini 11 and Apollo 12. Details of Dinner and Lecture below. Click here to download the flyer. Dinner – £60 Thursday, March 31, 2011; 7:30 PM […]

Episode 38: January 23rd 2011: Want to be an Astronaut? Book a ticket online

Scroll to the bottom of this post to play the audio or watch the video. Going in to space was nothing more than a dream for many of us for such a long time. But things are changing profoundly and fast. Once human spaceflight was only possible as part of a national government project. Then […]

BBC Stargazing Live

5/1/2011: Today is the last of the  hour long “Stargazing Live”  programs on BBC2 at 8pm with a comic Dara O Briain and a scientist Professor Brian Cox. But it is not over today!  Events continue until at least 16th January nationwide – See bbc.co.uk/stargazing. Free tonight and in the northwest? Pop down at about […]

Episode 36: October 11th 2010 – UK Space Policy and Yuri Gagarin’s visit to Manchester and London in July 1961

Next year April 12th  2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s,  mankind’s,  first steps  into space. It was a product of the accumulated technology of many countries over many years but particularly driven by the the political landscape resulting from the 2nd world war. Since then successful robotic missions have visited the planets, asteroids […]

Perseid Meteor Shower 2010

The Perseid meteor shower is widely accepted to be  the best in the bunch available throughout the year. With only the waxing crescent Moon setting early, 2010 is likely to be the  best for many years. The Zenith Hourly Rate (ZHR) predicted to be between 70 and 100  but only in dark cloud free skies.  […]

Ed Mitchell – Apollo 14 Astronaut in Pontefract

As per my post in April and thanks to a co-operative volcano, Dr Ed Mitchell, Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 14 will be in Pontefract tomorrow evening at 19:30 on Friday 2nd July 2010. Tickets at £30 are available at the door, for all the details download this one page word document. He is actually […]

Episode 34: May 31st 2010 Effelsberg Radio Telescope

Nestling in a valley amongst the rolling green hills of the Eifel region of western Germany is the 100m Effelsberg steerable radio telescope. Similar to the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank which is on the plains of Cheshire in northwest England which can be seen from miles away. The  Effelsberg telescope  is situated in a […]

Ideas Worth Spreading – Ted.com

Have you come across a non profit website TED? It’s primary goal to share ideas in Technology, Entertainment and Design, ideas it deems as worthy of sharing. I bumped in to a video on TED about dictionaries. Interesting in its own right but it caught my attention because the presenter, Erin Mckean an American lexicographer, […]

Apollo Astronaut visiting UK – Update 3

Well guess what? In the early hours of this morning the air control body extended the non-emergency flight restrictions to 19:00 this evening (I expect that to be extended). Consequently, Ken Willoughby has informed me that Ed Mitchell’s visit will not take place today. The visit will be rescheduled and details will be published once […]