by Duncan Lunan When I gave Part 1, last week, as a talk in 1963 or 64 to the Scientific Society at my old school, repeated to the Ayr squadron of the […]
by Duncan Lunan After sending in ‘Launcher Development’ last week, I realised that I had finally created a print version of one of my first ever talks. After I left in 1963 […]
by Duncan Lunan Recently I came across a one-volume collection of the late James Blish’s ‘Cities in Flight’ tetralogy of novels (Gollancz, 2002, Fig. 1). It reprints them in order of the […]
On 19th of November 1969 Charles Conrad and Alan Bean become the 3rd and 4th humans on the Moon. Crew Charles Conrad Jr., CommanderAlan L. Bean, Lunar Module PilotRichard F. Gordon Jr., Command Module Pilot […]
by Duncan Lunan Jonathan Cowie, editor of the online journal Concatenation, commissioned me to write the first version of last week’s article in the Autumn of 2022, with the option of delaying […]
The spacecraft came within 5.3 million miles of the solar surface while moving at 364,610 miles per hour. The spacecraft emerged from the solar flyby healthy and operating normally.
‘Crossing the Crater’ by cosmonaut artist Andrei Sokolov. Reported sightings of strange events involving the Moon go back for at least a thousand years…
Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist who has climbed Mount Everest and the Old Man of Hoy, she says she believes that science and exploration go hand in hand. She will also speak on the latest progress towards long-sought energy generation from nuclear fusion. She will describe her Arctic quest to see the Northern Lights in their fullest power at OISF.
“Hard though it is to believe now, in 1959 the standard method of returning images to Earth was by bringing back the exposed film in capsules. The US was doing it with its Discoverer satellites, and the off-course fall of one off Spitsbergen was the inspiration for Alastair Maclean’s Ice Station Zebra. “
Duncan Lunan recounts the history of space exploration to Jupiter right up to today and the JUICE mission