#97 – July 2020 Part 2

The Discussion:

  • What Einstein would have made of an iPhone
  • The goods and ills of social media
  • Free teaching for teachers to teach space and astronomy
  • Jeni talking Pluto on the BBC
  • A trip down technology Memory Lane
  • And get out and look at Comet Neowise!


The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have a Mars launch window and NASA storming ahead with Artemis plans so this month is all about the moon and Mars:

  • The Kennedy Space Centre takes delivery of rocket engines for their SLS rocket
  • Funding for more SLS moon rockets
  • A new lunar rover to help plan human missions
  • New modules for the lunar orbiter
  • NASA innovation funding for new long duration mission capabilities
  • United Arab Emirates’ Mars orbiter launching this month
  • China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission with an orbiter, lander and rover

Main news story: Getting ready to launch the biggest ever rover to Mars


The Electromagnetic Spectrum: The visible light part of the spectrum. How telescopes were developed and became ever more powerful.


Q&A: Do you think we will see humans space exploration beyond Mars in our lifetimes? Pieter Johnson @Nascothornet on Twitter.

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