Important people in Space

  • Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Spencer and Mary Jackson.  Three female African-American mathematicians play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn's launch into orbit. This fantastic Hidden Figures movie is highly recommended. »
  • Galileo Galilei - Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de' Galilei was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, from Pisa in Italy. Galileo has been called the "father of observational astronomy".
  • Yuri Gagarin- Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race; his capsule, Vostok 1, completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961.
  • Sir Patrick Moore - Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore CBE HonFRS FRAS was an English amateur astronomer who also shone as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter. »
  • Carl Sagan - Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator. This excellent Contact movie is based on Carl Sagan's novel. »

Space Pix

Space Websites

  • Space - - a great source of international astronomy and space news, including articles on how to get started with star gazing.
  • NASA - - The USA's National Aerospace and Space Administration website. Contains amazing images, videos, news stories and live streams covering the US human spaceflight program, astronomy and robotic exploration of the solar system.
  • European Space Agency website - - The ESA website containing information about Europe's space missions, science and technology.
  • Space Australia - - Australian space news, articles and podcasts. Great for southern hemisphere observers.
  • Astronomy Now - - United Kingdom astronomy news, articles, information and tips for amateur astronomers.

"Astronomy is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. It uses mathematics, physics, and chemistry in order to explain their origin and evolution. Objects of interest include planets, moons, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and comets."