PATCH US IN: LUCA PARMITANO, MISSION BEYOND

Our new series continues with Carl Walker looking at the Mission Beyond patch as worn by Italy's Luca Parmitano – ESA's most recent ISS crew member.   The ‘Beyond’ mission would see Luca Parmitano of Italy return to the Space Station for a second time and become...

PATCH US IN: SPACE MISSION PATCHES

We’ve enlisted Carl Walker, ESA Space History Editor, self-professed scutelliphilist (patch geek) and Space Rocks co-conspirator, for a new series about space mission patches. Each month we’ll look at the stories behind the designs and history of these colourful collectibles…     Mission patches are reproductions of space...

WIN A SIGNED COPY OF STEPHEN & LUCY HAWKING’S NEW BOOK!

Unlocking The Universe is curated by respected author, science educator and Space Rocks London 2019 alumna Lucy Hawking. Co-written with her late, great father, Stephen Hawking, it's an amazing and absorbing book for space enthusiasts aged 9 and upwards!   The 432-page hardback collects all of...

NEIL PEART: AN ASTRONOMER REMEMBERS

Dr. Stuart Clark on the passing of a legend…

 

I clearly remember the first time I heard Rush. I was rapidly approaching my teenage years. It was the late 70s and I was with a friend for an after-school visit. Although I don’t remember exactly what we were talking about at the time, it will have been something to do with space and science fiction – it always was. And then the epiphany happened.

 

Through the bedroom wall of my friend’s older brother came the sounds of 2112. I didn’t know what on earth I was hearing at the time, but I knew I had never heard anything so exciting in my life. That was the beginning of my lifelong love affair with the music of Rush.

 

It was uncanny how I completely took to the band. Album after album delivered music that I simply devoured. Without a doubt, a large part of my attraction to Rush in those days was their science fiction lyrics. The song 2112 – an epic of more than 20 minutes in length – was about a totalitarian future in which freedom of expression was outlawed. A similar theme cropped up in Red Barchetta from Moving Pictures. Rush plunged headlong into modern astronomy with Cygnus X-1, a song about the first black hole to be identified. On Hemispheres, they presented a full-on myth about classical gods battling each other for control of humankind.

MEET THE CREW: SUZIE IMBER

Planetary scientist and space weather guru Professor Suzie Imber was the winner of BBC2’s Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? series in 2017 which led to her being recommended for joining ESA by Commander Chris Hadfield. Suzie worked as a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space...

MEET THE CREW: ANNA PHOEBE

Violinist and composer Anna Phoebe will be performing a very special brand new set during Session 2: Space Lab at this year's Space Rocks London. Titled Between Worlds: There Is No Planet B, the piece was inspired by the keynote speech given by ESA's Senior...

MEET THE CREW: CHRIS LINTOTT

BBC Sky At Night presenter and Professor of Astrophysics, Chris Lintott will be discussing black holes and the deepest mysteries of the universe with award-winning science author Lucy Hawking at Space Rocks. Here's what fascinates him about the subject of astronomy and space exploration…   When did...

MEET THE CREW: KRISTINA PULEJKOVA

  London-based multimedia artist Kristina's work is informed by science and technology and she is currently artist-in-residence at Somerset House. Working closely with Anathema and visuals developed by the European Space Agency, Kristina is producing the artwork visuals for the band's unique headline The Space Between...