Astronomy & Space

2001: A Space Odyssey – The Making of a Masterpiece featuring Michael Benson

Michael Benson works at the intersection of art and science. A writer, artist, and filmmaker, his new book, Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece examines the four year long production of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and was published on the 50th anniversary of that film’s release. During the last decade Benson has staged a series of increasingly large-scale shows of planetary landscape photography internationally. He takes raw data from planetary science archives and processes it, creating large-format landscapes. He edits, composites, mosaics, and then finally optimizes these images, producing seamless photographs of landscapes currently beyond direct human experience. His show Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System, featuring an original new hour-long ambient composition by Brian Eno titled Deep Space, opened in the Jerwood Gallery of the Natural History Museum in London on January 22nd, 2016. It has since been exhibited at Vienna’s Natural History Museum, the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia, and in Barcelona, Spain, at the CosmoCaixa museum. Otherworlds contains 77 large format digital C prints.  Benson’s previous book, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, came out in October 2014 and was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

For more information, visit http://michael-benson.com

Hotel in Space: Aurora Station – featuring Orion Span CEO Frank Bunger

Frank Bunger, CEO Orion Span

Aurora Station will be the World’s First Luxury Space Hotel in orbit 200 miles above the Earth’s surface. Frank Bunger, the CEO & Founder at Orion Span (the company behind Aurora Station), joins us to discuss this incredible opportunity for dreamers to achieve the Authentic Astronaut Experience. Not only will this hotel offer breathtaking views, but visitors will experience the thrill of zero gravity, watch the aurora borealis, grow food in space, or dive into their holodeck. Frank is a veteran technology executive and entrepreneur, with a background across several industries, including software, hardware and manufacturing. In this episode he describes Aurora Station which is set to launch in 2021 with the ability to receive guests by 2022. Frank also discusses the Orion Span Astronaut Certification program (from training to the 12-day adventure), possibilities of owning a space condo and space as a service.

For more information, visit OrionSpan.com

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Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto – Dr. Alan Stern

If you wanted to design and fly a robotic spacecraft on a 9-year voyage 3 billion miles from Earth, the farthest journey of exploration our species has ever attempted, HOW WOULD YOU DO IT?

Dr Alan Stern

Dr. Alan Stern is the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, leading NASA’s exploration of the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt. A planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author, he has participated in over two dozen scientific space missions. Dr. Stern is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Carl Sagan Memorial Award of the American Astronautical Society, and has twice been named to the Time 100.

In this episode, Dr. Stern discusses his new book, “Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto”, including details on both successes and struggles during the mission, and upcoming plans to awaken the New Horizons spacecraft from hibernation in June through preparations for its rendezvous with Kuiper Belt object MU69 on New Year’s Day 2019. 

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto is available now at Amazon.com

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From the Moon to the planets & beyond, Stargazing with Astronomer Dean Regas

Ever wonder what a mysterious object is in the sky? In this episode Dean Regas, the astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory, discusses popular things to see in the night sky and how to see them. Dean’s also the co-host of Star Gazers on PBS, as well as author of two books, “Facts from Space!” and “100 Things to see in the Night Sky”. Dean is a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine and Astronomy magazine, and has written more than 120 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer and blogs for the Huffington Post. He’s also been a frequent guest on NPR’s Science Friday, been featured in the New York Times and hosts an astronomy podcast along with Anna Hehman called “Looking Up”.

Dean’s books, 100 Things to See in the Night Sky and Facts from Space! are available at your favorite retailer or the links below:

         

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The Space Barons – Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos – featuring author Christian Davenport

Christian Davenport recently released his book “The Space Barons”, the story of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to colonize the cosmos. Chris has been a staff writer at The Washington Post since 2000 and currently covers the space and defense industries for the financial desk. He is a recipient of the Peabody award for his work on veterans with traumatic brain injury and has been on reporting teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize three times.

The Space Barons

Chris’ new book “The Space Barons” is out now and available online or at your favorite bookstore. For more information about Chris or to read his other articles, please visit WashingtonPost.com.

Intro audio courtesy Blue Origin

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Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the New Space Race – featuring author Tim Fernholz

Tim Fernholz is the author of “Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the New Space Race”.  For this new book, Tim obtained exclusive access to top executives at SpaceX, including Elon Musk himself, as well as at Blue Origin, NASA, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Orbital ATK and Virgin Galactic. Tim lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a reporter at Quartz Media, where he covers space, the economy and geopolitics.

Rocket Billionaires

Tim’s new book “Rocket Billionaires” is out now and available at your favorite retailer or at Amazon.com. For more information about Tim or to read his other articles, please visit qz.com.

Intro audio courtesy SpaceX

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Lost in Space (Netflix Reboot) Behind the Scenes with Executive Producers Kevin Burns & Jon Jashni

Executive producers Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni discuss the reboot of Lost in Space that premiered on April 13, 2018. This Netflix Original series features 10 episodes as it traces the story of the Robinson family as they try to survive in hostile space after their ship is thrown off course. This behind-the-scenes discussion covers the thoughts behind the reboot, including the new robot, the special effects, and the notorious Dr. Smith.

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Here’s a link to the original series:


Lost in Space: The Complete Original Series [Blu-ray]

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly: How The Right Stuff led him to a Year in Space

Captain Scott Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, is a veteran of four space flights. He commanded three expeditions to the International Space Station and he spent 520 days living in space, including 340 consecutive days, the single longest space mission of an American Astronaut. He’s recently released his memoir entitled “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.” In this episode Scott discusses  his amazing experience and his inspiration for achieving goals that are quite literally out of this world.

Endurance

 

 

To learn more about Scott’s book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, and his incredible experiences visit his website at www.scottkelly.com.

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NASA Astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave: Success starts with Curiosity

Dr. Story Musgrave is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He has seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature, and psychology. Story was a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30-year astronaut career. He flew on six space flights, performing the first shuttle space walk on Challenger’s first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified Department of Defense missions, was the lead space walker on the Hubble telescope repair, and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

Story was the only astronaut to fly on all five space shuttles: Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour and Columbia.

Story offers several of his books, as well as his DVDs and CDs on his website, including his book, “Story, The Way of Water”. He also shares his incredible photography from a T-38, as well as Australia from space. To learn more, visit his website at StoryMusgrave.com.

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