Apollo 13: Houston, we have a problem

The immortal words that have so often been repeated – these were the words came from the Apollo 13 spacecraft and nearly spelt disaster for the three crew members, John Swigert, Fred Haise and James Lovell. There were problems for the Apollo 13 mission before it even launched though. With Apollo 11 landing on the moon, the […]

In Exchange: A Sneak Peek

Excited for the launch of In Exchange? We are too! As a special treat, here is an exclusive sneak peek!   Michael somersaulted to turn around, and flew effortlessly through the hatch, back into the space station’s core. Peter had a bit of a job keeping up with him. “Here at the back of the […]

Valentina: the unlikely cosmonaut

Soviet cosmonaut, Valentia Tereshkova was born on 6th March 1937 in the Yaroslavl Region of the former Soviet Union. She was the middle child of three. Her mother worked in a textile plant and her father drove a tractor. She was 8 years old when she started going to school in 1945. In 1953 she […]

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin was the pilot of Vostok 1 and the first man in space to orbit the earth. He was born near Moscow on 9th March 1934 in the former Soviet Union. He joined the Soviet Air Force in 1955 and was training to become a cosmonaut by 1959. It was on 12th April 1961 that […]

The Space Race

The space race started in the late 1950s. The Soviet Union and the USA were locked into the Cold War and getting man into space and onto the moon first was what the space race was all about. Of course it was a little more complicated than simply wanting to be first. The two powers wanted […]

Space: The Final Frontier

We know it well from the great works of science fiction that are present in literature, on the small screen and the silver screen as well as the real world explorations of men and women like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Tim Peake, Yuri Gagarin, Alfred Worden, Valentina Tereshkova, Alexei Leonov, Bruce McCandless and Jim Lovell, so we, at […]