With 2016 fast approaching, we look back with the European Space Agency on their highlights of 2015.
An audio excerpt from modern Science Fiction classic, Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
Alastair Reynolds is the author of twelve science fiction novels and over fifty short stories in the genre. His most recent novel, Poseidon’s Wake was published in early 2015 and is the final novel in his Poseidon’s Children trilogy.
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA, Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA and our very own Tim Peake offer their thoughts on being in orbit away from home during the Christmas holidays and what Christmas means to them.
Recorded live from ESA’s astronaut centre in Cologne, Germany, and from the International Space Station, ESA astronaut Tim Peake spoke with journalists for the first time from space just three days after arriving at his new home for six months.
Join the Ri on BBC Four for this year’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES with Kevin Fong as he opens a window onto today’s most exciting space missions, explores the future of space travel, and offers a unique insight into the challenges of protecting human life in the hostile environment of space.
15th of December 2015
Watch Tim Peake, the UK’s first ISS astronaut, blast off into space…
A long time ago in 1977, George Lucas’ now epic space opera trilogy Star Wars burst onto our screen. If the force is with you and you’ve seen the film, we’d love to hear from you …
With exactly one week to go before British ESA astronaut Tim Peake leaves Earth, he has taken a moment to thank the Principia educational partners
BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a special programme on 12th December 2015 exploring the history of Britons in Space since the 1950s.
As Tim Peake’s Principia Mission approaches launch day from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, tune into BBC Two’s Horizons Special on 13th December 2015 which gives you an exclusive look at Tim’s video diary as he prepares for his mission to the International Space Station on 15th December 2015.
Iain M Banks’ first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. Writing at a time when science fiction was experiencing a boom in the British publishing market, Banks is credited with leading the revival and regeneration of the genre
A free, downloadable guide to becoming an astronaut for young readers, full of funny and fascinating insights and expert advice from the UK Space Agency and ESA, plus a personal message from astronaut Tim Peake
Stephen Fry talks to Science Museum about his first memory of space, watching Apollo 8 on TV as the first humans orbited the Moon..
Tim Peake talks to Science Museum about his early memories of looking up at the stars, just weeks before he launches to the International Space Station.
The UK Space Agency has teamed up with LEGO Master Builders at Bright Bricks to reconstruct the Orbital Module of the Soyuz Capsule. The Soyuz capsule is the Russian space craft which transports astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station. It is currently the only way astronauts can get into space.
This second video in the Journey to the International Space Station series follows the Soyuz capsule from Earth orbit to docking with the Space Station.
What are the parts of the Soyuz rocket? What are the stages into orbit? What is the launch sequence? Watch Journey to the International Space Station and find out.
In this film, Professor Camille Parmesan tells us why her career in science means her job is “the most fun thing she could possibly be doing for a living”
A Book Trailer for ‘Blue Remembered Earth’ by Alastair Reynolds.
One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey’s family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans.
Named after Isaac Newton’s text Naturalis Principia Mathematica, ESA’s Principia mission will be the eighth long-duration mission to the International Space Station. British astronaut Tim Peake will be launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan onboard a Russian Soyuz vehicle, spending five months in orbit.
Principia Astronaut Tim Peake visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, as part of the intensive pre-flight training programme.
ESA astronaut Tim Peake during spacewalk training in Houston, USA.
Training underwater on life-size mockups of the Space Station is one way astronauts prepare for their missions as working in water resembles working in space.
‘Field Mouse’s Nest’ by John Clare is a poem which explores the idyllic and what happens when this is disturbed.
Professor Camille Parmesan is the National Marine Aquarium Chair of Public Understanding of Marine Science and Human Health
Professor Kevin Jones is currently Executive Dean for the faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University. His research interests include cyber security and software development, format methods, hardware verification and computer aided design tools. Professor Jones is our STEM advisor for One Giant Read and will be talking about the importance of STEM subjects and tells us why he became a scientist
Named after Isaac Newton’s text Naturalis Principia Mathematica, ESA’s Principia Mission will be the eighth long-duration mission to the International Space Station. British astronaut Tim Peake will be launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan onboard a Russian Soyuz vehicle, spending five months in orbit. He’ll carry out an intensive schedule of European and international experiments, in addition to numerous educational activities from space.