There’s been so much going on that I haven’t even been able to talk about the exciting things happening in outer space.
But today is a good day to address it, because SpaceOps21 is happening in Cape Town over the next three days.
Well, it’s been forced online, but it’s still very cool.
It’s a gathering of the world’s space support industry and was meant to bring hundreds of delegates to the Mother City last year. But you know … 2020!
Anyway, the online conference will still be talking about some very exciting things happening in outer space at the moment.
Like the fact that there’s currently a helicopter flying around on Mars.
It’s a tiny drone called Ingenuity and its four flights in Martian space is the greatest advance in human aviation yet.
It was dropped on Mars by a rover called Perseverance, which last week made breathable oxygen from the toxic Martian atmosphere. How awesome is that?
Then, of course, there’s the fact that later this year four ordinary civilians won seats to be the first to go into outer space on their own – without the help of an astronaut.
All of this fits very neatly with Elon Musk’s plans to send hundreds of regular humans to go live on Mars in the next few years.
These are truly extraordinary times and I hope our kids don’t miss out on all the opportunities that are coming.
The conference is free and you can actually join in online – www.spaceops2021.org.