A Place Called Space

24 unique looks at the human experience and cultural significance of space travel, through videos, articles, infographics and interactives.

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Dreams of an astronaut

01.12.2015

Helen Sharman's dreams of being back on the Mir space station, brought to life through animation.

Gemini spacewalk image

Project Gemini: a bridge to the moon

10.12.2015

Project Apollo took America to the moon. But what came before? The second in our series of films using archive footage to tell the story of America's early days in space looks at Project Gemini: America's crucial programme designed to ready themselves for a trip to the moon.

Illustration of space debris, by Tuchi

Space debris: a short story

11.12.2015

A melancholy tale of a piece of self-doubting space debris hurtling around our planet.

Kevin Fong in zero gravity on a parabolic flight

360 degrees in zero gravity

12.12.2015

Experience zero-g in 360 degrees in this interactive video from Kevin Fong's trip on a parabolic flight, the so-called 'vomit comet'.

Who's been to the moon?

13.12.2015

Real and fictional, this infographic shows everyone who's walked on the moon.

Carl Sagan on space exploration

14.12.2015

A beautiful, unique animation of little-known audio from Carl Sagan's 1977 CHRISTMAS LECTURES on humans in space.

Rituals of a rocket launch

15.12.2015

Why do astronauts pee on the wheel of a bus before they take off? Do superstitious traditions really help astronauts about to fire into space? Kevin Fong investigates.

Experiments in zero gravity

16.12.2015

Science demonstrations that test basic physics of water in zero gravity, filmed with Kevin Fong on a parabolic flight.

Magic lantern slide

Space in the archives

16.12.2015

A space-themed delve into the archives of the Royal Institution.

Living in space

18.12.2015

Four astronauts think back to their time in space.

Stress in space

19.12.2015

A video looking at an innovative project using speech analysis to gauge how stressed astronauts really are.

Who's been to the ISS?

02.12.2015

A look at the select few who have visited the International Space Station.

Project Apollo

17.12.2015

The story of NASA's most famous missions which saw man first step foot on the moon.

illustration by Andrew Khosravani

Stories from space

21.12.2015

Astronauts have the best anecdotes. Seasoned spacefarers Helen Sharman, Daniel Tani and Michael Barratt think back to their time in the stars.

Hypergolic fuels

22.12.2015

Chemist Professor Andrea Sella shows how the spontaneous ignition of hypergolic mixtures can fire rockets into space.

Animals in space

23.12.2015

Animals paved the way for man to venture off our planet. Explore the species that led the way, and continue to expand our knowledge today.

Postcard from Baikonur

24.12.2015

Tim Peake launched into space from Baikonur, the world's first and largest operational spaceport. We take a look at the unique space travel history of this special place.

NASA archive footage

Mercury rising: America's first steps into space

03.12.2015

In 1959, Project Mercury became the United States' maiden space programme. This is the story of that programme, told through beautiful archive footage.

Mark Grist performs his poem

Is space travel worth it?

04.12.2015

Spoken word poet Mark Grist has a lyrical argument with himself about whether space travel is worth the investment.

Out of this world problems

05.12.2015

Space is dangerous. But it's also really, really annoying.

Helen Sharman's space suit

A tour of a space suit

06.12.2015

Helen Sharman walks us through the suit that kept her safe when she became the first Briton in space over 20 years ago.

The story of space debris

07.12.2015

Since Sputnik 1, we’ve been littering the space around our planet with debris. This interactive visualisation tells the story of how it has accumulated.

Planet Earth credit NASA

An astronaut's view of Earth

08.12.2015

What’s it like to see our planet from above? Four seasoned astronauts recall that most unique experience.

Illustration of Russian and American space suits - Anthony Lewis/Ri

Two worlds in space

09.12.2015

Just metres apart, and hundreds of miles from planet Earth, the Russian and American ISS crews lead very different lives.

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