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15 December 2015 “Tim Peake Astronaut launch events” London

On 15 December 2015 Tim Peake will become the UK’s second ever astronaut, following in the footsteps of Helen Sharmon who flew to Mir in 1991. (See a recent BBC article about Helen Sharmon and Tim Peake.) (Those of you who know my work will know that I’m inherently inclined...

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New Documentary “The Visit: An Alien Encounter”

I’m going to see this tomorrow night at the Dochouse in London.  “The Visit: An Alien Encounter” (2015) (IMDB) Director: Michael Madsen “With unprecedented access to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, the military, and experts from leading space agencies, The Visit explores an event that has never in fact...

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1 December 2015 “Human Spaceflight” London

As one of the many energetic events leading up to the launch of UK astronaut Tim Peake into space, the Royal Aeronautical Society is holding a conference, full title “Human Spaceflight: UK Strategy in the Run-Up to Tim Peake’s Flight” 09:00-17:00, Tuesday 1 December 2015 RAES Headquarters No. 4 Hamilton...

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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...

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13 Nov 2015 “Are We Destined to Live in Space?” London

I’m very much looking forward to being part of this panel discussion on Friday–with cosmonaut Aleksandr Lazutkin and the impressive philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs. I believe there are still tickets available if you care to join! The ‘Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age’ exhibition itself is also meant to be stunning...

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Reintegrating into life

Hi everyone, It has been a terribly long time since I posted anything, and I wanted to explain that my loving mother passed away just under two months ago. I spent some 5 weeks back in Oregon, dealing with both the emotional grief and the practicalities of losing a parent. I am...

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18 September 2015 (ongoing) “Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age” London

The Science Museum in London is hosting a new major exhibition, featuring, “…the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK”. I am very happy to be participating in an event related to the exhibition in November 2015, which I will give more...

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“Sky Full of Stars” video

This has nothing to do with space politics… but I can’t help but loving this alternative music video for Coldplay’s “Star Full of Stars”… I think it’s quite lovely and portrays space in an aesthetic, romanticised way, and I am always interested in contemporary portrayals of engagement with outer space...

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9-13 November 2015 “Reinventing Space Conference” London

This will be a great conference with several different events over the three days. See full details at the RIS website. Highlighting the trends that will define space enterprise a decade from now. The global economic climate is creating demand to reduce expenditure, leading to new challenges and opportunities in...

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Wither a Welsh Space Policy?

I was asked by a media agency to comment on the Wales Space Policy (the published article is behind a paywall but you can find it in my ‘media engagement list). Here are my thoughts: I’ve just returned from the UK Space Conference in Liverpool, where the theme was ‘Space-enabled Futures.’ And...