Why do I worry about all the space junk?

I first wrote this article when they found Beagle2, the Mars probe that crashed.  There it was, the main probe largely intact, and a load of debris spread across the Martian landscape like the residue of family picnic after a nice day in the sun. Of course, not all families leave the rubbish behind, but… Continue reading Why do I worry about all the space junk?

Tinkering around in the back garden, with the occasional look over the fence

We are reaching out to the other celestial bodies in our solar system. We are sending probes to scan, we are placing satellites in orbit, we look through telescopes and land little exploration vehicles on distant surfaces. These are all methods designed to send back data to the banks of computers that support them which… Continue reading Tinkering around in the back garden, with the occasional look over the fence