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Crew Dragon: The First Test Flight

Since the Space Shuttle program ended in July 2011, the United States has had no way to get its astronauts into Earth orbit besides paying for seats on the Russian Soyuz. In fact, when Virgin Galactic’s sub-orbital spaceplane VSS Unity … Continue reading

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Apollo 8: 50 Years On

Fifty years ago, the Apollo 8 mission gave the world an especially exciting Christmas, as it became the first ever manned space flight to leave Earth orbit and travel to the Moon. The crew of Apollo 8 consisted of commander … Continue reading

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Talking First Man

Last Friday, Rachel Wagner and I recorded a video together again – our twentieth video together, in fact –┬áto discuss the recent Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. Though we agreed on some aspects, our overall opinions of the film were … Continue reading

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Film review: First Man

Directed by La La Land‘s Damien Chazelle, First Man is a biopic of test pilot and astronaut Neil Armstrong, based on the biography of the same name written by James R. Hansen. I’d read the book, and I love anything … Continue reading

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First Man: Trailer Review

This weekend, the trailer for First Man was released. Not to be confused with Early Man, the Aardman animated film about cavemen that was released earlier this year, this particular film is a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong, based on … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Alan Bean

Yesterday, it was announced that another Apollo moonwalker has sadly passed away: Apollo 12 lunar module pilot, Alan LaVern Bean. Born in Wheeler, Texas in 1932, Bean was a US Navy test pilot when he was selected for NASA’s third … Continue reading

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Visiting the Museum of Science and Industry

As previously mentioned on this blog, the descent module of Soyuz TMA-19M – the spacecraft that took British astronaut Tim Peake to the International Space Station and back again – is currently on tour around the UK. Today, my dad … Continue reading

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Falcon Heavy: About to Launch!

Tomorrow, at 1:30pm EST, we are hopefully going to see another milestone in modern spaceflight as SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy┬árocket makes its first launch from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Admittedly, there is no guarantee that the … Continue reading

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Book review: Ask an Astronaut (plus a brief history of British astronauts)

The British may have once been considered great explorers, but we haven’t had our own manned space programme yet, and it was thirty years after the first manned spaceflight before a British citizen first made it into space. Helen Sharman … Continue reading

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R.I.P. John Young

Today, I was deeply saddened to learn that one of my favourite astronauts, John Young, has passed away at the age of 87. And in this post, I’d like to briefly go over what a truly exceptional career he had. … Continue reading

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