Science Museum Lates: Cosmonauts

It’s that time of the month again! Join the Science Museum in celebrating the innovation and legacy of the Russian space programme. Check out the museum’s resident comedy team, Punk Science. They’ve teamed up with some of the funniest and most interesting people around to entertain and probably educate you with demonstrations of scientific concepts, curious theories and […]

Human spaceflight: Is it worth the money and risk?

As the Science Museum celebrates the birth of the Space Age with its landmark Cosmonauts exhibition, Roger Highfield hosts a discussion with the UK’s first astronaut Helen Sharman, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, space scientist Monica Grady and The Sky at Night’s Chris Lintott. Does the low cost and practicality of robotic probes now outweigh the inspirational […]

Art and Culture: Imaging Space Travel

The cosmos has fascinated the creative mind for centuries. In the early 20th century the artistic and the creative, the spiritual and the philosophical paved the way for engineers and scientists in their quest to achieve space travel. Cosmist Nikolay Fedorov’s ‘Philosophy of the Common Task’ inspired generations of scientists and artists alike. From the drawings […]

Making Time

Why does Russia have 11 time zones while China has just one? Peter Sherman investigates the history, politics and technology behind some of the world’s most incongruous ways of telling time.