Tagged: space

Kiwi rocket scientist gets rare NASA honour - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 13, 2015

His name adorns medals, roads and even a mountain. Now NASA has paid Kiwi rocket scientist, the late Sir William Pickering, a significant tribute, dedicating an auditorium at its iconic Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pickering’s name. In July a ceremony at JPL in Pasadena including staff, dignitaries, former JPL directors and Sir William’s daughter, Beth Pickering Mezitt, celebrated the naming of … Read More

Almost Armageddon? - Pointing At Science

Steve Pointing Oct 13, 2015

There were a large number of people who believed that the end was nigh last weekend, after reports that a massive asteroid was going to pass perilously close to Earth and possibly even impact and cause global devastation Armageddon style.  The fact that I reported this story on Monday’s Paul Henry Show attests to the fact this did not … Read More

The Martian: Blows Gravity and Interstellar out of the water - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 05, 2015

Space movies have become a hot genre over the last few years, with star-studded blockbusters Gravity and Interstellar reigniting interest in the drama of space exploration. The makers of those movies also prided themselves on the scientific authenticity of their movies, appointing science advisors to help them get the technical aspects if not exactly right, at least plausible. Those two movies … Read More

Rocket salad anyone? - Pointing At Science

Steve Pointing Aug 12, 2015

I tweeted (@stevepointing) this story yesterday describing how astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) had tucked into their first ‘home grown’ salad in space.  It was also the feature of my interview with Duncan Garner on yesterday’s Radio Live Driveshow.  The obvious joy at having something other than food from a foil pouch was clearly visible among Scott … Read More

Chasing a comet- totally newsworthy so why isn’t it top billing? or best shirt-worthy? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 14, 2014

Welcome to a comet. Photo by European Space Agency taken by Philae. Philae may have bounced off the comet before landing, but it was the local media lack of focus on this event that had the real lack of thrust. This week has seen a truly epic event in human history. It’s an incredible week for space exploration and … Read More