Celebrating Cassini: The Ethics of Plutonium Energy

When Cassini was being designed in the 1980s, an innovative plutonium energy source was developed to sustain it’s long journey. A source that would and still does carry considerable ethical considerations.

Diary of a Researcher: Recreating the conditions of space at our fingertips

In part 3 of our Diary of a Researcher series, we take a look at how Imperial physicists are recreating the conditions of space, on Earth.

MONOPOLES: an exhibition about art and physics

Space and time bend. Intuition falters. What do we really know? Monopoles is a weekend of exhibitions, talks and performances featuring cutting edge physics alongside award-winning art, film, poetry and music. Monopoles brings the search for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) into a Bermondsey art space. The weekend will open with […]

Space Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall

A voyage through a galaxy of favourite music from deep space and beyond, with lights, lasers and fireworks. Including works by Holst, Strauss and John Williams – perhaps the greatest film composer of all time and winner of over 40 prestigious awards, including 5 Oscars. Over the decades their music has accompanied us on epic […]

Science Museum Lates: Space and Fashion

Head into orbit at this month’s Lates for a sartorial view of space… We’ll be hosting our very first space-inspired fashion show with the European Space Agency. You’ll get to see outfits from the brightest budding fashion minds across Europe, all designed as practical clothing that includes technology and fabrics relating to space travel. You’ll meet […]

Scanning the Horizon: space travel through the ages

Over the last 52 years BBC’s Horizon programme has been documenting the cutting-edge of science, technology and how it effects our lives. From Frank Oppenheimer to Carl Sagan and DNA to dinosaurs it has brought us stories from the frontline and continues to innovate. We’ll get unique access to clips from the Horizon vaults to watch how science and […]

The SABRE engine- powering future space access

The revolutionary SABRE air-breathing rocket engine, has the potential to transform access to Space. This lecture will explore the unique characteristics of the SABRE engine and the prospects it offers for a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle with aircraft-like operation. SABRE is at heart a rocket engine designed to power aircraft directly into space (single-stage to orbit) […]

Why Society Needs Astronomy and Cosmology

‘One day, Sir, you may tax it’: Faraday’s prescient quip when quizzed about the practical value of electricity in 1850 neatly demonstrates that advanced societies cannot afford to stifle scientific curiosity for its own sake – a powerful if serendipitous driver of technological and societal progress. It will be argued that fundamental research into astronomy, […]

From Mars to the multiverse: life, space and the cosmos with Martin Rees

Astronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society Lord Martin Rees presents the 2016 Peter Lindsay Memorial Lecture. Unmanned spacecraft have visited the other planets of our Solar System (and some of their moons), beaming back pictures of varied and distinctive worlds – but none propitious for life. But prospects are far more interesting […]

Hampstead Scientific Society: Puzzles & Paradoxes in Science & Mathematics

Why is the sky dark at night? This talk will explore the differing roles of puzzles and paradoxes in science and in mathematics. Thought experiments like Maxwell’s Demon or the EPR Paradox have been used to illustrate or question new ideas in physics; the Olbers Paradox has challenged our understanding of the universe, while mathematical […]

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 […]