Another week in Lockdown, and another edition of Gardeners off World. We’re all now supposed to feel like astronauts, cooped up inside a small space with the same companions for weeks at a time. The barrage of isolation advice articles from astronauts, analog astronauts and Antarctic scientists continues. If you’re not bored of them yet:
- Space Nation has thoughts from Jane Poynter, who spent two years locked inside Biosphere 2;
- Smithsonian magazine has spoken to people from all three groups of career isolators;
- and Geographical sought advice from British astronaut Helen Sharman.
I prefer Marina Koren’s article in The Atlantic, which explains why advice from astronauts may not be enough to help us survive a pandemic. And Tim Peake will be on The One Show at 7pm tonight talking about isolation, in the first of a new series of segments on science and technology.
In the video above, Kate Greene refers to an article in the New Yorker, which I think is Roommates on Mars. It doesn’t have much more detail on the infamous ‘Nutella Incident’, but it’s a long read that should help to pass the time. If you’ve got an hour to fill, you could also listen to the latest edition of NASA’s Houston, We Have a Podcast, which is about the Untouched Apollo Samples. Or you could take a virtual trip to the Spanish island where astronauts prepare for Mars.
BBC journalist Justin Rowlatt tagged along on a scientific expedition to Antarctica. He found it to be a place that makes you ask the questions that really matter.
Meanwhile, on the ISS, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan initiated the latest Veggie PONDS experiment on 30th March. With colleague Jessica Morgan, he’s now packing up the science experiments that are returning to Earth on Dragon on Monday. That includes hemp and coffee plant cells that have been in space for about a month. Expedition 63 is due to launch to the space station on 9th April, after which the Expedition 62 crew will be returning to life on Lockdown Earth.
When the Mars Perseverance rover launches in July, it will be carrying the names of more than 10 million Earthlings with it, recorded on three microchips. The Eagle-eyed among you may notice something odd about the Sun’s rays on the accompanying plaque. They include a message in Morse code: Explore As One.
And I’ll leave you this week with a video from the National Space Centre about how Brits helped land astronauts on the Moon. Stay safe, stay home and wash your hands and GoffW will be back next week!