Tag Archives: Space flight

Giotto of Filton

It was an exciting moment for many people, but especially for a young boy. It seemed such a daring mission and the fact the probe was not expected to survive made it all the more tantalising.  Which boy doesn’t relish … Continue reading

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2012 – That was the year that was

938,900,000 km at 30km/s. It’s quite a ride when you think about it. Throw in 366 rotations at an equatorial speed of 1,674.4 km/h and the whole thing sounds pretty hair raising. 2012. It’s almost over and another arbitrarily set … Continue reading

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Dan Dare report for duty!

In the 1970s we gave up on the Vertical Empire.  The UK shot Black Arrow into the skies above Woomera and placed a small test satellite called Prospero in a near perfect orbit, dusted its hands and said enough. Well almost.  … Continue reading

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Doing the Great Things

I was talking with good friends in the pub yesterday. We talked about ‘great things’. More specifically is it worth doing them? What is the point? On the table infront of us was the obituary of Neil Armstrong, surely the … Continue reading

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Moon Dust

The storm clouds covered Southern Britain today.  Dark, brooding clouds heavy with rain and pent up electrical charge, filled all horizons.  I was driving back from our family holiday, looking forward to getting off the M4 and putting my feet … Continue reading

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A Curious Journey

The silence felt like it would match the silence Mars Science laboratory had experienced over the last 8 months. London is rarely quiet but waiting for a bus to appear in the early morning gloom of 4.30am is about as silent as … Continue reading

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The Telstar. A Tale of two Rockets.

July 22nd 1962 If I had wanted to see pictures from across the Atlantic I would have to wait.  Couriered by aircraft in a few hours and then eventually broadcast perhaps a day after the event, picture news travelled slowly.  … Continue reading

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