The Space Race

I have to thank my friend and relation Chris Benson for putting this unique package of videos together. I just quote from what he sent me: “I just watched a 2005 BBC documentary on the Space Race. I thought it was superb – I thought I knew all of that stuff, but I didn’t – […]

Wake Up Rosetta

On Monday morning 20th January 2014 at 11:00am Central European Time (10:00am GMT) a snoozing spacecraft will be woken up nearly 1 Billion kilometres from Earth. It’s needed a long sleep, because it will have a lot of (literally) ground-breaking work to do. It’s an interesting alarm call. ESA would have to send the wake-up […]

7 MINUTES OF TERROR

Seven minutes of terror when the Mars Curiosity (MSL) rover undertakes its planned descent to the Martian surface … Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars Now that’s what I call systems engineering!

Watch the VLA Antennas Dance

TimeScapes 4K from Tom Lowe on Vimeo. When I saw this short time-lapse video I was just blown away! Twenty seven 25 metre antennas of the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico dancing in unison – and to music. Thanks so much to Brigitte Bailleul (@Brigitte_Ba on Twitter)

Watch the Mars Science Lab (MSL) Launch Here

First and Last Launches of the Space Shuttle

Well spotted. The internal photo isn’t a picture of the Space Shuttle. It’s one of the European Space Agency‘s (ESA) first astronauts, Wubbo Ockels, inside the ESA Spacelab D1 in the Shuttle’s cargo bay (both pictures are courtesy of and copyright ©NASA). ESA’s first astronaught was Ulf Merbold flying in Spacelab on STS-9. I’m writing […]

Prologue : Satellite Spy’s First Blog Post

How do you start a blog that you know will go on for years? My answer: Dive in at the deep end! This is the book I’ve wanted to write for years, but organising a book, spending months getting everything organised and in the right order is just plain boring. When, if ever, it’s finished […]