The Discussion: As 2019 marches forth we discuss a wasted year of practical astronomy due to bad weather, a comet in our skies to enjoy and Jeni begins her first paper on gas masses in redshift galaxies.
The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have:
- An update on the mysterious hole in the space station
- SpaceX edges closer to ferrying humans to space
- Virgin Galactic test pilot gains his astronaut wings
- Voyager 2 joins Voyager 1 outside the solar system
- New Horizons exploring the outer solar system
- An update on NASA’s plans for human space exploration.
Main news story: Chinese exploration of the far side of the moon.
Q&A: Listeners’ questions via email, Facebook & Twitter take us on a journey into the astronomy issues that have always plagued our understanding or stretched our credulity. This month we take a look at how to get a 450 ton space ship out of orbit:
How will the International Space Station be decommissioned? Andy Burns, UK.
The Debate: Lt Col Dave from Florida suggests a debate on which option is better for astronomy: space or Earth based telescopes? Paul & Ralph do battle.