Category: Space Politics

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“Should I Stay or Should I Go…. to Mars?” Naked Scientist Podcast

On 27 October 2015 I participated on a panel for a “Naked Scientists” broadcast/ podcast on the topic of “Should I Stay or Should I Go… to Mars?“. My fellow panellists in this lively discussion included Dr Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College London), Dr Caroline Crawford (University of Cambridge), Ryan MacDonald (Mars...

John Stewart political satire on the “New Space Race” 0

John Stewart political satire on the “New Space Race”

I know John Stewart and The Daily Show may not be core (or serious) viewing for most, but I enjoyed his segment last week on China’s Moon Landing.* *For those unfamiliar, The Daily Show is an American satirical late-night TV show which taps into US politics and has a wide...

Douglas Vacock’s TED talk: What would you say to an extraterrestrial? 1

Douglas Vacock’s TED talk: What would you say to an extraterrestrial?

I heard DR Douglas Vacock, from SETI, speak at a conference in Glasgow a few years ago, and found him fascinating. Despite the perhaps somewhat eccentric focus of his specialisation, I found him admirably ‘grounded’ (no pub intended)! And his TED talk is well worth watching. I must get him...

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The dual use nature of rockets…

I had a long conversation with a journalist yesterday (there’s a lot of media buzz over the launch of China’s fifth manned mission of course so I’ve had a few calls) about how demonstrating space capabilities is a also a ‘cold’ way to demonstrate long-rang missile capabilities. Shortly thereafter a...

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ESA’s Web-TV Virtual Studios “Earth From Space” videos

The short “Earth From Space” videos from the European Space Agency are very good fun and quite stunning. I’m hooked watching them: brief narrated segments (not sure why a North American narrates but hey ho) showing a different shot of the Earth’s surface from a remote sensing satellite. This issue, for example,...

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Elon Musk: SpaceX

I was sent this graphic by Katherine Long, who works with a team of designers and researchers–it’s a graphic about Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX. Entertaining and worth sharing. Created by: OnlineGraduatePrograms.com

The Soyuz Crash: What does it mean for the ISS? 0

The Soyuz Crash: What does it mean for the ISS?

On August 24 a supply vehicle headed to the International Space Station went down over Siberia due to a problem with the Soyuz rocket powering it. Which is a shame for all the goods lost, but more concerning is the fact that these rockets are the sole means to get...