Science

136. ESA – Solar Orbiter, ExoMars & more

 We continue our series with countries around the world in this episode as we feature the European Space Agency (ESA). Joining us for this interview is Günther Hasinger, the director of science for ESA. Günther was born in Germany and earned his PhD in astronomy, later becoming a professor, researcher and author. He is…

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133. JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency with astronaut Dr. Koichi Wakata

We continue our series with countries around the world in this episode as we feature JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Joining us to discuss JAXA is astronaut Dr. Koichi Wakata. Dr. Wakata has accumulated 347 days in space spanning four missions, setting a record in Japanese human space flight history for the longest stay…

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131. Emirates Mars Mission – Hope Probe to study Martian atmosphere

The United Arab Emirates are just a few days away (July 15, 2020) from launching the Hope Probe to Mars. The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) – Hope Probe will be the first probe to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere and its layers when it reaches the red planet’s orbit in February 2021….

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128. Mars Helicopter INGENUITY with Chief Engineer J. (Bob) Balaram

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity launching July 2020   In this episode J. (Bob) Balaram, Chief Engineer for the Mars helicopter INGENUITY project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, joins us to discuss the first-ever helicopter designed to fly on Mars. The Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, is a technology demonstration to test powered flight on another world for the…

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125. SpaceX Crew Demo-2: Returning Human Spaceflight to the U.S.

SpaceX Crew Demo-2 launching soon, and we’re SO EXCITED! For the first time since 2011, astronauts are set to once again launch from U.S. soil aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon–and we’re SO EXCITED! The SpaceX Crew Demo-2 mission is set to launch from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:33 pm EDT…

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117. SunRISE – NASA’s new mission to study giant space weather storms

Special Guest: Dr. Justin Kasper, SunRISE Principal Investigator NASA has just selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms into space. The new mission is called SunRISE, which stands for Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment. This mission will ultimately help protect astronauts traveling to the Moon and Mars…

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111. At the Top of NASA with Administrator Jim Bridenstine

An amazing space journey from a childhood dream of becoming a pilot to leading NASA In this episode, we feature my interview with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, conducted from his office at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. in early November 2019. We discuss his incredible space journey, as well as the current and future missions…

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109. Searching for Life Beyond the Pale Blue Dot

In this episode we feature Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, a French American astrobiologist specializing in planetary science. She has been a Principal Investigator (PI) at the SETI Institute since 1998 and is also the Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Research. She leads projects in planetary science and astrobiology, develops science exploration strategies for Mars,…

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103. SpaceX JCSAT-18/Kacific1 Mission Update with Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux

In this episode we welcome Christian Patouraux, the CEO of Kacific, a next-generation broadband satellite operator. SpaceX just launched Kacific1 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on December 16, 2019.  Kacific1 is a next-generation geostationary satellite that will stream high-speed, low-cost, ultra-reliable broadband to rural and suburban areas of the Pacific and South East Asia.  Kacific1…

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97. DAVID EICHER, Astronomy Magazine Editor-in-Chief talks astronomy, Apollo 11 & the Astro Blues Band

David J. Eicher is an American editor, writer, and popularizer of astronomy and space. He has been editor-in-chief of Astronomy magazine since 2002. He is author, coauthor, or editor of more than 20 books on science and American history and has appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox News and other media outlets to promote astronomy. He’s…

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