The Cosmonauts’ Dining Table

After years of research and diplomacy - and unimaginable feats of transport and exhibition construction - the London Science Museum’s new show, Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, is at last underway. Besides setting the record straight on the USSR’s pre-eminence in the development of space travel, Cosmonauts brilliantly expresses not only the technological prowess… Continue reading The Cosmonauts’ Dining Table

Space food anniversaries: the first sandwich in space

Last week the world commemorated fifty years since the first space walk. Today we should be rejoicing in the less known - but for space food enthusiasts far more significant - 50th anniversary of the very first Earth food-as-we-know-it to appear in the United States' space programme: a corned beef sandwich. On 23rd March 1965… Continue reading Space food anniversaries: the first sandwich in space

The senses in space: Alexei Leonov and the first space walk

50 years ago today cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first human to conduct a spacewalk - or, less romantically, EVA (extra-vehicular activity) - when he left his Voshkod 2 spacecraft for an awe inspiring and stressful 12 minutes. This tremendous achievement paved the way for much of what became possible in space in subsequent years.… Continue reading The senses in space: Alexei Leonov and the first space walk