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Stuart Atkinson

Stuart Atkinson

Stuart Atkinson is a lifelong space enthusiast, amateur astronomer and frustrated martian. He writes about the daily adventures of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at his Road to Endeavour blog. You can find his homepage here and his Twitter here. He participates at unmannedspaceflight.com under the name "Stu."

He is an astronomy outreach educator and author of 14 children’s astronomy and spaceflight books.  He has written for many magazines, newspapers and websites, and also runs his town’s astronomical society, the “Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal”.

Stuart broadcasts regularly on his local BBC and independent radio stations, making regular appearances on BBC Radio Cumbria in which he talks about topical astronomical and spaceflight stories.

Latest Blog Posts

Rosetta's Big Day

Posted 2014/08/06 05:46 CDT | 4 comments

Stuart Atkinson muses on the difference between the Europe of today and the Europe of a century ago in the context of Rosetta's momentous arrival at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

A right old comet kerfuffle…

Posted 2014/07/18 12:02 CDT | 16 comments

A European space enthusiast, children's author, and volunteer astronomy outreach worker asks for more images from Rosetta.

Outcrop Ahead for Opportunity!

Posted 2012/09/07 01:12 CDT | 1 comment

Oppy is opening an exciting new chapter in her adventure at Cape York. Having driven down to, over and past Whim Creek, she has now explored halfway down Cape York, to a promising fin-like ridge of dark rock.

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Latest Processed Space Images

A tour around Block Island

A tour around Block Island

Posted 2014/01/01 | 0 comments

Opportunity captured these six views of the huge meteorite named "Block Island" from sols 1,959 to 2,002. A Quicktime version of the animation is available here (26 MB).

Yuma

Yuma

Posted 2013/07/16 | 0 comments

Opportunity is currently at a place called Yuma, along the southeastern edge of Santa Maria Crater. In this image, Stuart Atkinson, who colorized and enhanced the Pancam picture, placed a would-be astronaut to give you an idea of the scale. Opportunity is currently located just outside the picture to the right.

Luis de Torres brushed

Luis de Torres brushed

Posted 2013/07/16 | 0 comments

Opportunity took this image of Luis de Torres, a target in the Yuma area along the southeastern rim of Santa Maria Crater. The rover is currently examining the target to determine its content and if these rocks are the source of the hydrated sulfate signal detected from orbit by the CRISM intrument onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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