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?

Go silently into the unknown

I first wrote about the Voyager spacecraft a few years back.  Voyager 1, a probe launched from earth in 1977 was on the verge of entering interstellar space, that fabulous void that fills most of the known universe.  Voyager finally achieved this about five years ago, being the first man-made object to do so, an… Continue reading Go silently into the unknown

The Starship Planet Earth

Since I was a little boy I have always wanted to travel in space.  Hours spent staring into the night sky from my bedroom window, dreaming of moving between the stars, walking on other planets and meeting new life forms.  For me there could be no more exciting thing. Of course I am older now,… Continue reading The Starship Planet Earth