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  • MEET THE CREW! ROCKET SCIENTIST KATE UNDERHILL

    ESA propulsion engineer Kate Underhill will be telling us all about rocket science during Session 1 of Space Rocks London. How hard can it really be?!   When did you first fall in love with science and space exploration? This is a bit of a......

  • MEET THE CREW: SPACE ROBOT ENGINEER SHAHRZAD TIMMAN

    Aerospace engineer and expert in Human-Robotics Shahrzad Timman is dedicated to returning humanity to the Moon. She will be presenting a talk on a beginner’s guide to space robots during Session 1 at Space Rocks London…     When did you first fall in love......

  • MEET THE CREW! VOYAGER FRONTMAN DANIEL ESTRIN

    Australian prog metal band Voyager are named after the space program of two unmanned probes that were launched by NASA back in 1977. Both probes are still in operation today, way beyond their original planned mission of studying Jupiter and Saturn. They are still sending......

  • MEET THE CREW: VINCENT CAVANAGH OF ANATHEMA!

    We spoke to Anathema frontman Vincent Cavanagh on the inspiration behind the band’s very special forthcoming Space Rocks London set, The Space Between Us…   What can people can look forward to with The Space Between Us? For this special event, we’re working in collaboration......

  • MEET THE CREW: SEL BALAMIR OF AMPLIFIER!

    Founding Amplifier frontman Sel Balamir is no slouch when it comes to his love of all things final frontier. We hung out at the Science Museum in London, where he told Space Rocks where his adoration for the great beyond came about…    When did......

  • Win For All Mankind film on Blu-ray!

    Directed by Al Reinert and featuring a stunning soundtrack composed by Brian Eno, the thrilling For All Mankind is perhaps the best ever feature-length documentary made about NASA’s Apollo programme. Originally released in 1989 – two decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing – it’s......

  • WE HELPED LAUNCH THE NEW LONELY ROBOT ALBUM!

    Strange unexplained phenomena occurred in the backstreets of London’s King’s Cross last month and Space Rocks was there to witness it… We couldn’t have chosen a better headline band for Space Rocks London 2018 than John Mitchell’s Lonely Robot. Having successfully compromised the O2’s structural......

  • A look back at Space Rocks London 2018

    If you’re wondering what Space Rocks is all about, then we invite you to look at our debut Space Rocks London event, which took place on April 22nd, 2018 at the indigo at the 02 Arena in London, where scientists, astronauts, musicians, artists, and a......

  • Film review: Prospect

    Every fan of sci fi films knows that it’s rare that big-budget Hollywood vehicles throw up any new ideas while the Indie field is littered with revolutionary ones a little less fleshed out, and so it’s a delight to see a film like Prospect get......

  • CHECK OUT OUR SPACELISTS ON SPOTIFY!

    Yes indeed, Space Rocks is proud to bring you the very best in space-related soundtracks with playlists lovingly curated by the great and good of Space Rocks crew members. You can find them all on Spotify at Space Rocks. Check out top ESA scientist Mark......

  • COUNTDOWN TO ULTIMA THULE!

    At precisely 12:33EST/05:33GMT on January 1st, NASA’s New Horizons probe will pass by Ultima Thule wayyy out in the Kuiper Belt an unbelievable 6.62 billion km away. We were kindly invited to witness it all going down at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, so......

  • TRAVEL BACK TO DECEMBER 4TH, 1968

    Today marks 50 years since Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders snapped Earthrise, a photo that would change the world. Read all about it here, and travel back in time with this selection of US and UK radio chart-toppers from December 24th, 1968! #spacelist #spotify...

  • JUST ADDED: A SUPERMASSIVE PLAYLIST

    There aren’t many bigger rock bands than Muse, and there aren’t many bands with a greater love of space and sci fi either. With the release of their latest Simulation Theory album we thought it was time we take a trip through time with one......

  • CHECK OUT OUR LUNAR PLAYLIST

    SPACELIST ALERT! From the announcement of Luna, ESA’s giant lunar replica facility to the release of the London Stereoscopic Company’s  amazing Mission Moon 3-D book by Brian May and David J. Eicher, it’s time we did a lunar playlist! What’d we miss? #spacerocks #spacelist...

  • NEW PLAYLIST: Bonvoyage Bepicolombo!

    With the successful launch of the Ariane 5 VA245 early on the morning of October 19th, a combination of gravity assists and a powerful solar electric propulsion system will speed BepiColombo towards Mercury, the least explored of our solar system’s terrestrial planets! It will arrive......

  • NEW SPACELIST: GOBLIN ROCK!

    The discovery of an icy ball 300km in diameter on the outer edge of the solar system has expanded our knowledge of the outer solar system. 2015 TG387, nicknamed The Goblin because it happened around Halloween of 2015 takes 40,000 years to orbit the sun,......

  • THE BEPICOLOMBO MISSION PLAYLIST

    SPACELIST ALERT! With the 100th successful launch of the Ariane 5 on Tuesday we’re now counting down to JAXA and ESA’s thrilling Bepicolombo mission to Mercury! Is this mission playlist hot enough for you? And if you’re curious about upcoming exploration of our solar system’s......

  • TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE!

    Coming at you like an Ariane 5, it’s the Sunday Spacelist! We’re sure it’s only a matter of time before we see a mohawk up on the ISS, so here’s a soundtrack to match – from the Misfits to Devo, it’s… TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE! #spacerocks #spacelist......

  • SUNDAY SPACELIST: SPACE PROG!

                      Calling occupants of interplanetary craft, it’s time for our Sunday Spacelist! In honour of our big win at the Progressive Music Awards, we thought we’d keep it in 7/8 with tunes hand-picked by Prog magazine editor......

  • SUNDAY SPACELIST: MATT TAYLOR’S COSMIC BEATS

    Cosmic Beats is our latest Sunday Spacelist on Spotify, chosen by plasma-physicist Matt Taylor, project scientist on ESA’s Rosetta comet-landing mission, which performed a detailed study of comet 67P. The mission was launched on 2 March 2004, on a 10-year journey towards comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. En......

  • SPACE ROCKS LATITUDE: IN PICTURES

    It feels like yesterday that we were asked to join the Music and Film Stage at Latitude Festival, and many, many people joined us for a fascinating discussion of the future of space exploration for a little panel we called Space: The New Final Frontier,......

  • ANNOUNCING THE SUNDAY SPACELIST

    Announcing our first-ever Sunday Spacelist, where we pull together space-inspired tunes and beam them out into the cosmos via our frankly excellent Spotify account.  First up is a Mars-themes collection of tunes inspired by the recent discovery of a liquid water lake underneath Mars’ south......

  • MEET THE CREW: ACTION SCIENTIST GEOFF NOTKIN

      The star of Discovery Channel’s Meteorite Men, he’s a Ted-talking authority on space rocks, and as resident meteorite export at the Space Lounge at Space Rocks London on Sunday April 22nd, we’re pretty pleased to report that he’s a rocker to boot.    How......

  • MEET THE CREW: SCI FI AUTHOR ALASTAIR REYNOLDS

      He’ll be helping us separate science fact from fiction as a Session 2 panelist on April 22nd, but as astronomer, erstwhile ESA scientist and bestselling sci fi author Alastair Reynolds tells us, one doesn’t exist without the other.   When did you fall in......

  • MEET THE CREW: MUSICIAN CHARLOTTE HATHERLEY

    When it comes to sci fi fans it doesn’t get more serious than Charlotte Hatherley. From playing guitar in Ash to making futuristic soundtracks to collaborating with Moon co-creator Gavin Rothery, you could say she’s the living embodiment of what Space Rocks is all about. ......

  • MEET THE CREW: LONELY ROBOT MUSICIAN JOHN MITCHELL

    When it comes to giving space exploration a soundtrack, it doesn’t get much better than John Mitchell’s cosmic musical vision. His band Lonely Robot will be headlining our evening gig at Space Rocks on April 22nd.   Tell us about Lonely Robot… “It’s a vehicle......

  • MEET THE CREW: COMET CHASER MATT TAYLOR

    When it comes to bringing space exploration down to earth Matt Taylor is a class act. He’ll be sharing his stunning experiences as a Session 1 panelist on April 22nd.   Tell us a little more about what you do. “I work for the science......

  • MEET THE CREW: DARK MATTER DETECTIVE MAGGIE LIEU

    As down-to-earth astrophysicist Maggie Lieu reveals, the sky isn’t the limit when it comes to following your dreams. She’ll be sharing her cosmic experiences as Session 1 panelist on April 22nd.   Where are you at the minute? “I’m at ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre,......