Life Solved

It’s not all Musk – learning from space's epic fails

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Episode notes

Life Solved is back for its 11th series – and as it’s International Dark Skies Week in this first episode, Robyn Montague speaks with Dr Jen Gupta, Dr Lucy King & Dr Chris Patterson from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth.  They explore some of the biggest mistakes made in space research. From Apollo 13 to Elon Musk, when things go wrong it’s often headline news. But what if those ‘fails’ are exactly what’s needed to progress?

They also give an insight into how the University is fast becoming a leading partner in today’s UK space development, as part of PRISM -  the Portsmouth Research Institute for Space Missions. In this episode, you’ll hear how success and failure continues to inform space research both globally, and right here in the south of England.

Finally, Lucy, Chris and Jen explain the exciting discoveries already being made by the JWST space telescope - and how space research helps with the day-to-day technology we use down here on earth!

You can find out more about this work and other research at the University of Portsmouth website: 


Dr Jen Gupta

Dr Christopher Pattison

Space Research At The University Of Portsmouth


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