Mars is the new moonshot. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on July 14, 2020


Some are calling it “the summer of Mars”. Three missions from three different countries are headed for the red planet within a month. The US, China and the United Arab Emirates – a very new player in planetary exploration – are launching Mars missions. Why, one might ask, considering Mars is considered to be the … Continue reading “Mars is the new moonshot. Here’s why”

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Now, the astronaut wife is an astronaut too

by Rashmee

Posted on May 29, 2020 / The Focus


The SpaceX launch – the first since 2011 to take NASA astronauts into space from US soil – has been postponed until 30 May. But it has managed to provide an important and heartwarming sociology lesson while the world waits for veteran astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to take off. We have learned about the … Continue reading “Now, the astronaut wife is an astronaut too”

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SpaceX launch: Beacon or bad omen?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 27, 2020 / The Focus


NASA’s first manned flight since 2011 is being advertised as America’s hopeful return to space, to boldly go where no man has before. Is it really? Yes and no. Wednesday’s launch to the International Space Station, nine years after the end of the space shuttle programme, is definitely a milestone. Those nine years were the … Continue reading “SpaceX launch: Beacon or bad omen?”

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The US should explore new frontiers, not revisit old space-race triumphs

by Rashmee

Posted on July 23, 2019 / The National


Space, the final frontier, is having a bit of a moment. This year marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first Moon landing. Accordingly, nostalgia for the Apollo 11 mission is everywhere — on TV, in newspapers and magazines, and in an immersive app that promises that “we can all take part in the famous mission”, via augmented … Continue reading “The US should explore new frontiers, not revisit old space-race triumphs”

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Just like everyone else, Brexit Boris has the moon on his mind but Brexit is not Apollo 11

by Rashmee

Posted on July 22, 2019


Just like everyone else, Boris Johnson has the moon on his mind. In his final newspaper column, he’s compared Brexit to the 1969 moon landing! These events are not comparable – in technical or political terms. However, Mr Johnson, who is soon to take charge of Britain and its exit from the European Union, is … Continue reading “Just like everyone else, Brexit Boris has the moon on his mind but Brexit is not Apollo 11”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK