A brief silver lining during the nation-wide Covid-19 lock-down. A few days of cloud-free sunny weather coinciding with a flyby of the International Space Station over northern England.
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For the next few days for the UK it looks like this. For other spacecraft and for your area – wherever that may be in the world, check out https://www.heavens-above.com/
I came across the Liverpool/Calcutta connection during my research into the life and work of Stephen H Smith. During 1934 and 1944, Smith undertook around 300 rocket experiments to demonstrate the utility of a rocket to transport mail, medicines, food and living creatures. Similar experiments were being conducted in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and the USA, but in India, for over a decade it was just Smith.
The British Interplanetary Society had been founded in Liverpool in 1933. Smith conducted his first rocket experiments in September 1934 and it was published in the BIS Bulletin in November 1934. Smith in Calcutta joined the BIS around this time and established regular correspondence with the Leslie Johnson, the BIS secretary, in Liverpool. Johnson’s daughter still has a file of letters Smith sent from Calcutta to Liverpool in the late 1930s.
My book (India’s Forgotten Rocket Pioneer) will be published by the end of March 2020 and contains many pictures of Smith, his rockets and quotes from his letters. Some from the Johnson collection but other sources too.I could not include many in the book – so I am sharing some more here. Click on any of the images below to open the gallery viewer.
- You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
- You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
- Starts at 19:00 on Tuesday 10th March 2020. Cost is £20 or free if eligible
Over six weekly ninety-minute sessions online, the course will look at space programmes and missions being conducted by many countries and companies right now. Starting 10th March 2020. The six sessions will cover
- From the Space Race to the New Space Age. How has human space exploration evolved since the launch of Sputnik in 1957?
- Services from space. All those satellites in space, what impact do they have on the quality of lives of people on Earth?
- The Private Space Sector. It has been emerging for many years. Has it finally arrived?
- Environmental control in space. Can the international community apply the lessons of climate change on Earth to the space environment around Earth and beyond?
- Militarisation of space. Humans on Earth have always fought on the land, sea and the air. Is war in space inevitable?
- Humans in Space. In this decade, will humans walk on the Moon again? Will this decade deliver, finally the promise of space tourism?