Soyuz 50 years on

On 23 April 1967, six years after Yuri Gagarin had became the first man to go into space, a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft was launched carrying cosmonaut Vladimir Komorov. It completed 18 orbits and then returned to Earth. Mission patch for the first Soyuz mission Sadly, during its reentry the parachute failed to open properly and the… Continue reading Soyuz 50 years on

Chinese manned space programme

On 18 November two Chinese astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, landed back on Earth after spending 33 days in space, an event which was hardly reported in the western media. During their mission they spent 30 days aboard the Tiangong-2 space station. Image from the Chinese National Space Administration Tiangong-2, shown in the mission patch above, is the second… Continue reading Chinese manned space programme

Living on the Moon

  Welcome Welcome to the latest post from the Science Geek. This post, which is the final one in a series about the Moon, looks forward to the future and discusses colonising the Moon. Will any future descendants of Mr and Mrs Geek ever live on the Moon? And what are the obstacles to them… Continue reading Living on the Moon