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Mars is Coming! Here’s what to expect with Jon Bell, Hallstrom Planetarium Director

Jon BellThe planet Mars is making its closest approach in 15 years during the summer of 2018. Here's what to expect by Jon Bell, the planetarium director of the Hallstrom Planetarium and professor of Physical Sciences at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. Jon is also the host of the radio program SKYWATCH. In this episode Jon discusses how to get a good look at the red planet as it approaches opposition on July 27, 2018 (before and after), and what to do if you've caught the astronomy bug and are looking for a telescope.

For more information about the Hallstrom Planetarium, visit www.irsc.edu
For information about the Treasure Coast Astronomy Society, visit http://treasurecoastastronomy.org/

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NASA CRS-15 Behind the Scenes of SpaceX Falcon 9 Resupply Mission to the ISS

Here's a recap of our journey to the launch of SpaceX CRS-15 mission at Cape Canaveral on June 29, 2018, as part of the NASA's Social Media group. We were treated to behind the scenes look at NASA buildings, rockets and laboratories as well as the scientists and engineers who had a part in this mission. Truly an amazing experience! We feature not only video from the launch and behind the scenes photos, but also hi-fidelity sound of the launch! PLUS, we share some EXCITING news for our future!

WARNING–Launch sound is LOUD! I supplemented the launch video with audio recorded from my H4N Zoom to show just how loud launches are.

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Dust Storms on Mars, Opportunity Rover Status & the Future of Human Space Exploration – Dr. Jim Rice

Dr Jim RiceThe Opportunity Rover, which has been surviving on Mars since January 2004, is struggling for its life during the dust storms on the red planet. In this episode, Dr. Jim Rice, the senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, discusses the current dust storms (the worst ever recorded) and how Opportunity is being affected. Dr. Rice is the co-investigator and geology team leader on the Mars Exploration Rover Project, which includes Spirit and Opportunity. He also has mission experience working on the Mars Odyssey Orbiter and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Projects.

For more information on the current status of the Mars rovers, visit https://mars.nasa.gov

If you would like to book Dr. Rice for a speaking engagement you can contact him at: moon2mars@gmail.com

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The Time Has Come To Go To Mars – Dr. Robert Zubrin, President & Founder of The Mars Society

Dr. Robert ZubrinThe Time has come to go to Mars! Dr. Robert Zubrin is the founder and President of the Mars Society, as well as a member of the organization's Board of Directors.  Dr. Zubrin is also President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado.  Formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington.

Dr. Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration. He's known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today. He helped design the “Mars Direct” mission architecture, and was a co-inventor of the magnetic sail, as well as a nuclear rocket engine that can use CO2 as propellant, allowing a vehicle so powered to have virtually unlimited mobility on Mars.

For more information about The Mars Society, please visit MarsSociety.orgThe Mars Society

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Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution – biologist Menno Schilthuizen

Menno Schilthuizen is a senior research scientist at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands and a professor of evolutionary biology at Leiden University. Menno is one of a growing number of “urban ecologists” studying how our manmade environments are accelerating and changing the evolution of the animals and plants around us. In his new book, “Darwin Comes to Town”, he takes us around the world for an up close look at just how stunningly flexible and swift-moving natural selection can be.

Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

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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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