A new look at the family tree

So, now we have this lovely meteorite called Winchcombe (unofficial name for the moment). And everyone has been asking what sort of new and amazing stuff will we learn from it? The answer of course is loads – it’s packed full of exciting information about the earliest days of our Solar System. All we have…

Are we nearly there yet?

Just about 8 hours to go before NASA’s Perseverance rover attempts the challenging task of landing on Mars. I am getting excited, but also a little bit nervous too. Such a great mission, so much at stake. I will be glued to NASA TV at 7.15 pm (UK time) when the live coverage starts, with…

Back from Ryugu

It is always nice to get a bit of good news in what has been a pretty rubbish year. Well, totally rubbish to be precise. So, on Saturday it was a real treat to watch the live feed from JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency, as the sample return capsule from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft blazed a trail in the skies above Australia.