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New Worlds (Month Topics)

Could there ever be life on Mars…

Made famous by the lyrics of the sadly missed David Bowie, this question has been vexing great scientific minds all over the world for ‘eons’ but now, this month, a new mission – a joint endeavour between the European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency – will attempt to provide further answers to this important question in space exploration and understanding.

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It couldn’t happen here… could it?

A prominent question in science concerns the existence of additional life forces in worlds which are different, other and essentially new by comparison to Earth.

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Libby Jackson

Libby Jackson, Astronaut Flight Education Programme Leader at the UK Space Agency talks to the Science Museum about her first space memory and her aspirations for visiting Mars.

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A Day in the Life of Paul Eccleston

Paul Eccleston, a Space Instrumentation Systems Engineer at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Space works at the cutting edge of space science.

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War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds, H.G Wells’ 1897 science fiction classic is to enjoy a revival with an all new television adaptation which will commence production in December 2016.

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Professor Iain Stewart

Professor Stewart is our STEM testimonial speaker this month, he tells us why he became a scientist.

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Distinctively Dystopian: J G Ballard

The winner of multiple literary awards and accolades, most recently The Golden PEN award (2009) and an honorary Posthumous Doctorate (2009), Ballard’s work is recognised as being so distinctive within the science fiction genre that the term ‘Ballardian’ has been assigned to describe subsequent works of fiction that are thematically experimental or descriptive of dystopian modernity.

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The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

‘The Darkling Thrush’, featured here, contrasts the bleakness of an ever changing industrial landscape with the purity and innocence of nature

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Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter is an English science-fiction author. Since 1987, he has published forty books in the genre. His science fiction novels have been published in multiple languages and have won several awards including: The Philip K Dick Award, The John W Campbell Memorial Award, The British Science Fiction Association Award and the Arthur C Clarke Awards.

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