Space curator Doug Millard explores the upcoming NASA mission to Mars, and how this will pave the way for future exploration of the red planet.
Doug was the senior curator for the 'Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age' exhibition (2015) and editor of the associated publication. He has written a history of the British Black Arrow rocket and his book 'Satellite: Innovation in Orbit' was published by Reaktion Books early 2017. He is currently researching new space exhibitions for the Museum.
As the Hope mission to Mars prepares to launch, we spoke to the spacecraft lead about the mission.
Space Curator Doug Millard discusses the anticipated launch of the United Arab Emirates’s first Mars orbiter.
As we celebrate the launch of the Crew Dragon and two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, Space Curator Doug Millard looks back at the history of the space capsule.
As we launch our Summer of Space and celebrate 50 years since the Apollo Moon missions, Curator Doug Millard takes us back in time to when the Apollo 10 command module first landed at the Science Museum.
This is the Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit worn by British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake as he traveled into space.
Curator Doug Millard explores why the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket was so significant for space exploration.
Discover the story behind Skylark, Britain’s first space rocket in a new exhibition.
Recent visitors to the Science Museum may have spied the updated ‘Planet Science’ display in our Exploring Space gallery. Space Curator Doug Millard explores the story behind ‘Planet Science’ below. It’s hard to believe that we didn’t know what the surface of Mars looked like until 1964. That was the year NASA’s Mariner 4 spacecraft flew past the planet and returned the first images. And for many it was a big disappointment; no rivers or oceans; no vegetation; no indications […]
Discover the story of how Valentina Tereshkova became First Woman in Space
Curator Doug Millard explores the story of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft ahead of it going on display in the UK in 2017.
It’s tricky getting to Mars. The voyage takes months, your spacecraft has to perform some delicate manoeuvres along the way and then – there is Mars itself! It has not been a welcoming world. Almost 50 missions have been launched to the red planet by a host of different nations and space agencies. Some 30 of these have failed or enjoyed only very limited success.