Category Archives: Space

Interview with Dr Chris Lintott

Chris LintottAs part of the University of St Andrews School of Physics & Astronomy’s Colloquia, Dr Chris Lintott was invited to give a lecture on the ‘Zooniverse’, the online database where anyone can take part in active scientific research into practically anything; galaxies, exoplanets, whale communication, cyclone data and tonnes more.

During the actual lecture he focussed more on the Galaxy Zoo – the project on classifying different galaxies – which when it started up caused the Harvard-based server to catch fire simply because it became ‘so darn’ popular!

Here are the highlights of my own chat with Chris, which only happened after the Head of School assisted me in tracking him down… Unfortunately you can’t see quite how tall or hear quite how loud he is in real life, from reading this. Trust me; he is!

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Photo © UK Space Agency

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Interview with Lucy Hawking

Lucy Hawking It has taken a while – because there was some exciting book news which needed clearing –  but I have finally published my January interview with Lucy Hawking!! Lucy is the author of the popular children’s book series about George.

So if you want to know all about Lucy not remembering meeting President Obama, why there’s a pig on the first page of book one, or how to convince Stephen Hawking to do something, then roll up, roll up, and read all about it!

Fly Me to the Moon, Let Me Swing Among Those Stars

Neil Armstrong 1956 portrait

I simply can’t believe that the man who uttered those eternal words, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, as he stepped onto the Moon passed away today.

His family say that he died due to complications from heart surgery he had earlier this month. In a statement, the family described him as a “reluctant American hero” who “served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut”.

All I can say is that this incredibly modest, talented and much adored man will be sorely missed by people of all ages across the world.

“Tonight I feel like Armstrong and I’m doing what seems impossible
Tonight I’ll be the rocket man and make it look incredible
Just like 40 years ago
Still, it’s a thrill to walk in the unknown without fear
Tonight I’m being at the edge of, human frontier”

Human Frontier, NEO

Photograph © NASA