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ECOSTRESS – Monitoring Plants from Space – Dr. Joshua Fisher, JPL

Dr. Joshua Fisher

Dr. Joshua Fisher is the Science Lead for the ECOSTRESS Mission, a mission designed to study the Earth’s climate. Dr. Fisher is a Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I was fortunate to first meet Dr. Fisher recently at Cape Canaveral to witness the launch of ECOSTRESS aboard the SpaceX CRS-15 resupply mission to the International Space Station. The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) will measure the temperature of plants and use that information to better understand how much water plants need and how they respond to stress.

For more information about ECOSTRESS, visit: https://www.ecostress.jpl.nasa.gov

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Dr. Eugene Parker – The Mysteries of the Sun & NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

Dr. Eugene Parker is the solar astrophysicist who developed the theory of the supersonic solar wind and predicted the Parker spiral shape of the solar magnetic field in the mid-1950s. In this episode Dr. Parker joins us by phone to discuss his incredible theories about the Sun and NASA's Solar Parker Probe mission. Dr. Parker was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1967 and has received numerous honors throughout his career.  Most recently he was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research by the American Physical Society for his fundamental contributions to space physics, plasma physics, solar physics and astrophysics for more than 60 years. NASA recently renamed the Parker Solar Probe after him, the first time in history that a spacecraft was named after a living person.

For more information about the Parker Solar Probe, visit: https://www.Nasa.gov/solarprobe

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From Coffee Shop to Space Station – Death Wish Coffee

The amazing story of Death Wish Coffee – how it went from the basement to Space. In this episode, we speak with The Incredible Jeff and The Amazing D-Man, hosts of Death Wish Coffee's weekly podcast series “Fueled by Death Cast” as they tell the amazing story of how founder Mike Brown's idea of making the world's strongest coffee led to its recent launch to the International Space Station. We were at the launch firsthand of SpaceX Falcon 9 as CRS-15 blasted off, along with a supply of Death Wish Coffee, to the ISS.

For more information, visit https://www.deathwishcoffee.com

Check out our appearance as a guest on the Fueled by Death Cast:

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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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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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Homer Hickam – Rocket Boys, T-Rex and Albert the Alligator

Homer Hickam is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books, including the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Rocket Boys, which was adapted into the popular October Sky movie. But Homer’s much more than a rocket boy, as he describes in this interesting podcast. He’s been a writer since grade school, a Vietnam veteran, a former coal miner, a scuba instructor, an avid amateur paleontologist, and a retired engineer.

For more information about Homer, visit his website at HomerHickam.com. His latest book, Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator is available at your favorite retailer or the link 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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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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