Living like Soyuz or Apollo?

It stood there in the museum like an overgrown coffee machine cartridge. Of course, it wasn’t. It was the Soyuz capsule that had taken British Astronaut Tim Peake to the International Space Station and back. Blackened with the re-entry, it posed a mighty sight. Yet, after a few moments, you realise it is very small [...]

Bad week for ‘religion’?

The Pleiades star cluster was high in the east last night. For, it is a sure sign that autumn is upon us when ‘The Seven Sister’s’ rise towards their zenith. The magnificence of this nursery for new-born suns, over 400 light years away, is undeniable. What better masterpiece of God’s creativity can be seen? The [...]

Weep not for Cassini

Today, we weep for the death of a 20-year-old. Since it was in 1997 that the space probe duo left their home planet bound for Saturn. Cassini lost its friend, the lander Huygens, in 2004. But this sacrifice was not in vain. For Huygens found that Titan was a strange world of mountains and methane [...]

Beauty that is skin deep

The ancient tribe sat in the early morning looking eastwards. There, before the Sun rises, was the bright beauty of Venus. Transfixed, they thought of all the stories they would tell around the fire. Then they would relate its breath-taking scenery, the wonder of its fortunate inhabitants and the lushness of its vegetation. To them that [...]

Amazing secret of the first men on the Moon

  What did the astronauts first eat on the Moon? You would think it was a NASA protein bar but it turns out to be bread and wine. This month’s edition of a space magazine tells us what actually happened on landing: “In private (Buzz) Aldrin took out a small cup, some wine, and bread [...]