Happy 2019!!!………………#UltimaThule

As we enter 2019 there is a lot of uncertainty, Brexit, Trump’s Whitehouse, China’s economy, crashing stock markets to name but a few. However 2019 is also the 50th Anniversary of the magnificent moon landings when mankind took its first tentative steps into the Universe with courage and conviction.

As we celebrate this great achievement an unmanned Nasa probe – ‘New Horizons’ will be approaching a tiny rocky world :- ‘Ultima Thule’ is only 30km wide & is 6.5 billion kilometres from Earth, situated in the Kuiper belt a band of frozen material that orbits the Sun. Ultima is a further billion miles beyond Pluto & is the farthest body in our Solar System to be surveyed.

The intention is to beam back to Earth images & data from the probe in the early hours of the New Year.

Over the decades NASA has contributed a massive amount of invaluable knowledge for ‘the benefit of all mankind’ – long may it continue.

Happy New Year






#Space…the final frontier….#pmot….

yuri5o years ago today Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space when he orbited the earth in his Vostok spacecraft, winning the cold war race and catapulting himself into the annals of history.

Consider for a few moments what we have achieved since then.

We have taken “one small step for a man, giant leap for mankind” when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969.

Like Icarus we have sailed too close to the sun in Apollo 13 and survived through tremendous ingenuity and fortitude.

Through Hubble we have peered back through Space & Time to the very origins of the Universe.

Perhaps our greatest achievement was when cold war foes became friends and joined hands in the International Space Station 30 years after Gagarin’s first tentative flight.



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