Friday, 15 July 2011

Independent Voices 5x15: Johann Hari on free speech and religious fundam...

I can't say I like Johann Hari's writing that much, but he gives a good talk here on the importance of free speech.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Final Flight of the Shuttle

Wow, it's been a while since I posted! Anyway, I didn't want to pass this up: the final Space Shuttle launch of the Atlantis is about to take place which, though not quite skeptical, is nevertheless a momentous occasion. You can watch it live here, and as soon as it appears on Youtube I'll post a couple of links to the same. If you like real time updating social media type stuff, you can check out #STS135 on Twitter. So wherever you are, try to keep and eye/ear out for a view of this momentous milestone in the history of human spaceflight. The launch is due for 15.26GMT, and currently seems to be on schedule and the tanks are full. All four astronauts are currently aboard and, as you can see;

it's something of a tight fit! That's Commander Chris Ferguson, squeezing in for his third space flight.

Best of luck to all involved!

Shuttle up, everything according to plan, despite a slight delay at T-31 seconds! Video below: Lets hope this is only goodbye to the Shuttle program, and not goodbye to the role of humans in the exploration of space. Video here