The Space Shuttle 10 years on

Ten years ago, on 8 July 2011 Atlantis took off for the final mission of a Space Shuttle, bringing to close a programme which had lasted nearly 40 years  and had cost the equivalent of $220 billion in 2021 dollars. In this post I'll review this fascinating and unique piece of technology. The landing of… Continue reading The Space Shuttle 10 years on

The evenings are drawing out already

Although there is still a week to go until the December solstice, the evenings are already starting to draw out. I have decided to re-blog an edited version of my 2015 post on this topic. ------------------------------ As I complete this post, it's completely dark outside and it's only 5 o'clock in the afternoon; most people… Continue reading The evenings are drawing out already

The Science Geek is now Explaining Science

When I started my Science Geek blog back in April 2014, I never expected it still to be up and running five years later.  Over these five years its popularity has gradually increased, and I now have around 2,300 followers.   However, after five years of blogging I feel now that it is time for… Continue reading The Science Geek is now Explaining Science

The darker mornings.

As I complete this post from my home in Manchester, England, it is 4:30 pm and already  dark outside. Many people think that it will continue to get dark earlier each day in the afternoon until we reach 21 December, the winter solstice. This, however, is not the case. The evenings in fact start to… Continue reading The darker mornings.

July 8 2011- The Final Mission

On 8 July 2011 Atlantis took off for the final 13 day mission of the Space Shuttle programme and it remains to this day the last American spacecraft to carry humans into orbit. The landing of Atlantis on 21 July 2011, which brought the Space Shuttle programme to a close - Image from NASA. Development of… Continue reading July 8 2011- The Final Mission