Turn your bloody lights off!

Manchester

Manchester from the International Space Station last night.

Liverpool and the Wirral

Liverpool and the Wirral (you can see my Dad's house from here).

London

Some place down south.

Is it any bloody wonder we can only see a handful of stars these days?

[All photos by Commander Chris Hadfield]

Postscript, 20:23: I just showed my Dad the middle photo, and, when we zoomed in, we really could see his house!

Small steps

In the early hours of 21st July, 1969, my Dad woke me (age 4), and carried me downstairs so that he could hold me in front of the telly as Neil Armstrong took a giant leap for Mankind. Mum thought Dad was crazy. I shall forever be in his debt.

I must have seen that footage several hundred times since, so I cannot hand-on-heart say that I remember the live event, rather than some re-run. But I saw it: that's the important thing—as Dad fully appreciated.

Thanks, Dad.

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong (1930–2012)

HOLY CRAP, IT WORKED!!!

BBC: Nasa's Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars
The US space agency has just landed a huge new robot rover on Mars.

The one-tonne vehicle, known as Curiosity, touched down at 06:14 BST (05:14 GMT) in a deep crater near the planet's equator after a plunging through the atmosphere.

You know when people say something ‘isn't exactly rocket science’? Well now you know what is. Our species' awesomeness is confirmed yet again.

Now it's time for Curiosity to start making crop-circles. It's the only language the Martians understand.

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NO FUCKING WAY!!