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Stuart Atkinson

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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 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

A Tour of 67P...

September 23, 2014

Stuart Atkinson takes us on a stunning guided visual tour of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Rosetta's Big Day

August 06, 2014

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…

July 18, 2014

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

Latest Processed Space Images

Halfway Point to Perseverance Valley

March 06, 2018

Opportunity took the Navcam frames for this panorama on sol 5107 (6 Mar 2018), from a position within Perseverance Valley.

Working at Cape York

September 05, 2016

Opportunity captured this view while working at Cape York, on the edge of Endeavour Crater, on sol 3942 (25 February 2013).

Comet landscape

April 21, 2015

Rosetta captured the images comprising this stunning landscape from an altitude of 20 kilometers just before a 14-kilometer flyby on March 28, 2015 at about 9:50 UT.

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