NEWS: Chris Hadfield book competition

Win a copy of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s new novel The Apollo Murders

To celebrate the launch of 5 Big Questions, our all new weekly podcast, which kicks off with an episode featuring Heather Allansdottir speaking about space law (amongst other things); we have hardcover copies of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s novel The Apollo Murders to give away to two lucky listeners.

With Q&As for school children and global press interest, astronauts have always needed to be engaging science communicators, but Col. Hadfield’s viral tweets and videos during his 5 month command of the International Space Station in 2012/13 absolutely raised the bar and changed the game.

This unlikely hero from a small town in Canada is, arguably, the most famous living astronaut. He inspired us to think about space, and our planet, in a different way. Many will have been moved to consider STEM careers and think about the role of creativity within scientific disciplines. Who could forget Hadfield’s utterly moving and awe-inspiring rendition of David Bowies’ Space Oddity, performed in zero gravity, while orbiting the earth at 17,150 miles per hour (seriously, it still makes us cry just thinking about it).

Upon his return to earth after that final space mission in 2013, Chris Hadfield used his new-found fame to continue to inspire as a speaker, teacher and author. For his latest book, he has turned his hand to fiction, with a cold war crime thriller set in space. It’s a real page-turner.

To be in with a chance of winning a hardback copy of The Apollo Murders all you need to do is use the button below to fill out a very short form. Entries close on Jan 31st. Winners will be notified via email.

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About our new podcast series

Our first episode features author and legal academic, Heather Allansdottir. She has spent part of the last 2 years chilling with the Iceland Space Agency getting her teeth into the problem of what it will take to get laws in place to make sure everyone plays nicely in the increasingly busy space around our planet.

Richard and Heather explore space law and human rights whilst pondering the 5 Big Questions.

  1. How do we properly measure change and impact?
  2. How are growing enterprises preparing for the future?
  3. What sort of workforce will we need for whatever comes next? 
  4. How is creativity helping to solve problems?
  5. What does better collaboration look like?

Have questions about our Big Questions? Our CEO Richard Freeman explains more and provides some context in this blog post.

Guests for this series include: Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS on statistics and data science; Rachel Kelley, CEO of Higgidy, on manufacturing and B-Corp value; Dr Julia Grace Patterson, CEO of EveryDoctor, on healthcare and activism; Dom Bailey FRSA, Strategic Director of Baxter & Bailey, on design and branding.

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