Will there be a last man on the moon?

I was born in 1990. Mankind first stepped on the moon on July 20th 1969. We did it again in November of the same year, again in February and July of 1971, and in April and December of the following year. In total there have been 12 men to have set foot on another celestial…

My city Coventry

Okay so a few weeks ago at work a colleague asked me where I was from in the UK, and I replied “Oh, it’s a small little town, you’ve probably never heard of it, Coventry. It’s close to Birmingham”. This is a natural response for me given that I lived in the US for a…

My review of the Martian – Beware of spoilers!

Last night, I was invited to an expert panel screening of the Martian, complementary of The Odeon and the British Interplanetary Society. Overall I really liked the movie. It is a feel good movie, with a great soundtrack. It is educational and the CGI of Mars was beautiful (in particular the dust devils!). Most importantly…

Astronaut Andreas Mogensen

Earlier this week I visited ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. I’ve been very fortunate for this to be the 3rd time I have been to facility. The last time was pretty cool – I mean, it’s not every day you get a personal tour by ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, especially whilst he’s…

3 nights as an astronomer

  I had the rare opportunity to go observing on the 4m Blanco telescope on Cerro Tololo, Chile. The telescope itself was built in the 70’s so its mind blowing that it is still functional today. This telescope like many other similar oldies are constantly given new life with the instalments of new instruments. Right…