Monthly Archives: August 2012

Precious moments

❝ Whenever I look at the moon I am reminded of that precious moment, over four decades ago, when Neil and I stood on the desolate, barren, yet beautiful, Sea of Tranquility, looking back at our brilliant blue planet Earth … Continue reading

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The spirit of exploration

Setting foot on the Moon is possibly the biggest single statement of exploration, that innately human ambition, ever made. We live in a different world now, and a different time. We look back nostalgically on the Apollo missions as “the … Continue reading

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RIP Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong was an inspiration to me for my entire life, and I suspect I’m not the only one. People look to the achievement of Neil, as well as his fellow Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, with … Continue reading

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Happyface crater!

Now this is what I call a face on Mars! This is an image, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor, of the the Galle crater. And yes, it looks rather like a smiley face. Named after the astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle, this … Continue reading

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Some day, I will no longer be poor. Then I will be able to afford a fancy penthouse suite in New York, London, Tokyo or Paris, and I will commission Adam Cvijanovic to paint something like this on my wall. Yes. … Continue reading

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LEGO space travellers!

It’s been a bit over a year since NASA’s Juno probe departed for Jupiter. After blasting off from Cape Canaveral on August 5, 2011, Juno is a fairly well travelled spacecraft by now. But it’s not en route to Jupiter … Continue reading

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Probably the coolest random fact about Curiosity – Its tyre tracks spell out JPL in morse code! In Morse code: J → • – – – P → • – – • L → • – • • If that isn’t … Continue reading

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❝ Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to … Continue reading

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Riding the Dragon

You know those sew-on space mission patches? The ones which you may have had stitched onto your clothing when you were a little kid? Wait, was that just me? Oh… They’re now making patches for the SpaceX Dragon! These little … Continue reading

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This is a rock. It’s been given the seemingly arbitrary name of N165. Which, as I’m sure you can guess, means it’s no ordinary piece of basalt. This rock is special because it’s on Mars, and it’s set to be … Continue reading

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