It's been just over two years since Nasa mothballed the Space Shuttle, but did you know that the Soviet Union built an almost identical shuttle known as Buran? It was primarily for defence purposes in response to the perceived military threat posed by the United States' shuttle programme.
We need a strategic approach to industry - but have we gone overboard? Where we used to have nothing, now we have a huge range of government and TSB initiatives with which the private sector must engage.
Britain is an innovative, creative nation with world leading industries in engineering manufacturing and services. Our entrepreneurs continue to develop new products that take on the world. Manufacturing's share of national output may have fallen but we remain a major and successful manufacturing nation.
Euclid is a space telescope planned for launch in 2020 by the European Space Agency, and will make a map of the distribution of billions of galaxies in the Universe. This will make it possible to map the history and evolution of the dark Universe, which is the name given to describe everything we do not understand about the Universe.
I've loved the States as long as I can remember loving things, so probably since I was about three. I don't think any other place on earth is as exciting to a British child. After all, Harry Potter and James Bond aside, it's where they make the movies.
Over 80,000 people have registered, and paid a deposit, to express their interest in being part of a reality TV programme that aims to send a small number of people to Mars to establish the first colony there.
In some ways it's not surprising that the ideas and concepts of thinkers eclipse the people themselves, but to overlook the very human grounding of these notions is to enshrine a vision of ideas as somehow supra-human.
Space tourism has set a precedent for extra-terrestrial industries, and could be the forerunner of a much more expansive and lucrative economy to emerge outside of Earth's atmosphere, one that could really take-off (excuse the pun) once the initial infrastructure is in place.
For one thing, discovering the universe was a computer would also mean the end of death, since there would also be no life of which it would be worth speaking. This is a significant improvement on life as we find it today.
I feel the need, the need for SXC. Or more specifically, the Denham x Space Exploration Corporation (SXC) collaboration which sees Denham the Dutch jeanmaker fuse classic Top Gun style with astronautical garment technology to make up the Training Kit collection which will be used by SXC's Future Astronauts on the first commercial space flights.
What vexes me most is not that these artists are indolently committing crimes against the English language, but that they are wasting a hallowed opportunity. Words add depth, colour and personality to a song. In fact, they become even more powerful when projected onto a musical backdrop, which is why I shudder when lyricists make a conscious decision to rhyme nonsensical syllables.
I take my cap off to Felix Baumgartner. Any person with the courage to rise 128,000 feet (24 miles) into the sky before jumping back down to Earth is a braver man than I will ever be... Hell, despite trying several times... I'm still too scared to ride the London Eye!
Of course, things have changed since 1969, but I do think the principles and essence of what Neil and his team demonstrated should be applied to today's leadership because, as it stands, there's a lot that needs to be learned.
Like a child with a toy, or a London urbanite on a crawl around Shoreditch, Ibiza is equally as obsessed with the new, the next big thing. Each year, fresh objects of desire are created by hopeful businessmen, artists & entrepreneurs.
The blue moon appears on Friday 31 August 2012. "The moon will turn full Friday, the second time since its first full appearance Aug 2 this year.
If the moon landings were awesome, we know we have more computing power now in our mobile phones. If the speed of Apollo 11 was stupendous, in the blink of an eye we can now send pictures around the world of a prince behaving like a plonker.