The ironing mountain had reached the point where it was threatening an avalanche, so it was time to turn on my little Raspberry PI based video and disassociate mind and body (body does the ironing whilst brain goes off to NASA land.)
I turned to the NASA channel and realized that there was a huge amount of new content.
Firstly, capitalizing on the film "The Martian" based on the superb book of the same name by Andy Weir. NASA has been showcasing technologies required by a manned mission to mars.
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Secondly there is a huge amount of coverage of their CubeSat programs and public private partnerships.
I found this this second development even more interesting than the first. CubeSats are tiny satellites based on a 10cm³ format. Up until now they have ridden "piggy back" on bigger missions - but that game is about to change. Within the next three years we will be seeing private companies and NASA launching droves of the things into space in a range of commercial and non-commercial projects low earth orbit projects.
Why is this stuff interesting? Well because CubeSats bring space technologies within the financial reach of colleges and universities for educational purposes allowing the public much more of a stake in space than huge projects. Face it, if your daughter or niece is studying a STEM subject and working on real science on a real space craft, some of their enthusiasm is going to rub off!