Space Bugs: no, not a 1960s B movie – it’s the latest and final in the Open University’s series of 60 second explainers on microgravity, narrated by David Mitchell.
Andrew Kuh is Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency. He is responsible for coordinating the UK's involvement in ESA's International Space Station (ISS) and European Life and Physical Sciences (ELIPS) programmes, and related national activities.
He is interested in the intersections of space and research in all areas; everything from anthropology, biomedicine, cultural theory, drop towers, exobiology, fundamental physics and geodesy... to... zoology.
The latest of the Open University’s excellent 60 Second Adventures in Microgravity tackles research using bed rest.
This week the Open University released the second in a series of excellent primers on microgravity – this time, looking at how the evocatively nicknamed Vomit Comet – AKA parabolic flights – can help scientists understand how planets form.
This week the OU released the first of four new videos funded by the UK Space Agency, called 60 Second Adventures in Microgravity, which you can see here: We’re really proud of these videos, which nicely manage the balancing act …
Champions of space exploration often make much of its ill-defined but essential quality, ‘inspiration,’ and its potential for outreach. Equally, artists and creative types (in the broadest sense) are often keen to point out that their work is more than …
Because I am an awful nerd, last week I compiled a playlist of space-themed jazz to listen to on my drive to work at the UK Space Agency – Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock.
Some of the most common questions we hear at the Agency are, "What benefit does space exploration actually have? What’s the point of sending people into space when we’ve so many problems here on Earth to sort out?"