The Asteroid Project

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The Apollo program when it was still theoretical and delivered to the public by concept drawings. From The Astronauts by Nicholas Pemberton and Martin Broadley. World Book Encyclopedia Science Service Inc. 1967.

This, then, is the Apollo project, not long under way and with, as yet, few tangible results. Yet NASA has set the target for the first American on the moon at 1970 and when one considers the almost unqualified successes of their two previous projects, Mercury and Gemini, the moon project and its time limit seem feasible.


Messier Monday: The Most Elusive Messier Globular, M55

"Because what you’re looking at isn’t just a faint, diffuse cluster of stars, these are stars that date back to some of the earliest times in the history of our galaxy! Our Sun contains lots of heavy elements: carbon, oxygen, silicon, sulphur, iron, and so on, and it’s the abundance of those heavy elements that allowed rocky planets to form around it. Stars that formed longer ago, and in regions that had fewer generations of stars live-and-die to enrich the interstellar medium, tend to be poorer in these heavy elements, and give us a glimpse of the stars that formed when the Universe was much younger.

Globular clusters tend to have older stars, but Messier 55 has just 1.1% of the heavy elements found in the Sun, one of the most metal-poor globulars known to exist!”

Even though Messier knew about this object since the 1750s, and started looking for it in the 60s, it wasn’t until 1778 that he finally found it. Sometimes, the hard work you put in makes the discovery all the more rewarding!


The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The LHC is designed to answer some of the most profound questions about the universe: What is the origin of mass? Why are we made of matter and not antimatter? What is dark matter made of? It could also provide important new clues about conditions in the very early universe, when the four forces of nature were rolled into one giant superforce.

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My beautiful family - and that’s me behind them, captured whilst waiting for the coffees.

My beautiful family - and that’s me behind them, captured whilst waiting for the coffees.