2018 has seen plenty of activity in space exploration; with new missions launched to Mars, Mercury, the Sun and a couple of asteroids and hopefully a first landing on the dark side of the moon.
In addition NASA’s mission TESS will look for more exoplanets and possible alien life. Vast oceans have been discovered on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn which could contain primitive life, raising the question, did Genesis occur more than once?
2019 Update. China has now landed on the far side of the Moon, the side we never see from Earth. China now takes its place with Russia and the US as a major player. The Moon of course is on our doorstep in astronomical terms but at the other end of the Solar System NASA filmed a couple of joined rocks remnants of the early Solar System which may help to tell us more about that distant event. There will be more explorations to come during the year. Meanwhile the new planned Spaceport in Scotland when finished will launch mini satellites.
The class will look at why they are needed and what they are for.