Geeks at the Gates on the Radio - Shownotes for the 6th February 2020 show: Regie's Scientific Ramble

February 6, 2020

Life and stuff continues to keep the team apart, so you're stuck with Regie rambling on again. This time he's gone all science geek on you...


He started off looking at the Sunday February 2nd episode of Doctor Who entitled Praxius. 


Given the opening of the show he began by name checking all of the British born folk who have ventured into Space. For the record, they are as follows - click on their image to go to an external page with more information on each of them. For the record, this is what heroes look like.








Regie approved of the depiction of an astronaut returning in a Soyuz capsule, which is what happens. For the record, a Soyuz craft (a beast that has changed on the outside very little since the sixties, although the flight systems and computers have obviously been radically updated) looks like this in orbit:

 The craft is designed to carry three crew. The bell shaped middle section is the only part of the craft to return to Earth:

 It's not very big - the crew is really squshed in:

Space travel is not, in any way, luxurious...


He pointed all of this out because the show had Astronaut Adan Lang returning from the Internation al Space Station alone, and that doesn't happen. Although I suspect many of the ISS's crew wished it did...


There was more comment on the episode, which Regie liked, but that's all the additional info you need.


Regie then moved on to a segement he initially called "Science Snippits", but then instantly re-named "She blinded me with Science!" becasue he realised he could make a cool jingle out of an early eighties Thomas Dolby pop hit.


What can we say? He's really shallow, and as a kid really liked the popular science communicator Magnus Pike, who featured in the song, and in the jingle...


The first item was:





Yep. Pictures on the radio. We sometimes think that Regie might not be too bright, but I guess that's what the shownotes are for. 




Here's one of the pictures. Of the surface of the actual Sun: