Today In Space
About this podcast
The award-winning space science podcast about all things space! Hosted by Alex G. Orphanos, science communicator, maker, and aerospace engineer. Our mission: to spread love and spread science!
About this podcast
The award-winning space science podcast about all things space! Hosted by Alex G. Orphanos, science communicator, maker, and aerospace engineer. Our mission: to spread love and spread science!
Today In Space
Why I DIDN'T Apply to be an Astronaut and how Perspective is EVERYTHING | TIS#244
On this episode of the podcast I try to answer the question "Did I apply for the Inspiration4 or dearMoon project?" as honestly as possible. Going to space is not easy, and having physical limitations makes that harder. But not impossible. The possibility of going to space and podcast about my experience has me literally dreaming about the stars. Just like with any problem, solutions can be found even when it seems impossible. It just takes looking at things from a different perspective and then new solutions reveal themselves. I've changed my mind about wanting to be an astronaut over the course of this podcast. Recently, with all the exciting opportunities for everyday people to go to space upon us - I find myself being both brutally honest about my chances now and extremely hopeful and excited about the future possibility. This was a really stressful episode to record and put out there. I've been thinking about this for a while, and especially now that I'm trying to be healthier and more fit. I've got a long way to go, and dreaming of going to space helps me quantify the work I have left and how far I can push myself to get stronger. My hope is this opens up your mind to the possibility that something you felt was impossible is actually achievable if you set the right goals and have the right perspective. We all have our own unique challenges, but don't let close-loop thinking prevent you from achieving your full potential.
SpaceX's Momentum, SLA 3D Printing, and Learning by failing forward | TIS#243
On this episode, we discuss the shear momentum behind SpaceX as they continue to gain trust in the space industry. We get some progress with NASA's HLS Contract for Artemis, and I discuss the failures/learning with our new SLA 3D printer as I 'fail forward' towards our first 3D print. Taking requests for topics you'd like to hear on the podcast! Follow us on social: - @todayinspacepod on instragram & twitter - @todayinspace on TikTok - /TodayInSpacePodcast on Facebook How to Support the podcast: Buy a 3D printed gift from our shop ag3dprinting.etsy.com Donate at todayinspace.net Share the podcast with friends & family! - SpaceX gets National Defense funding increase https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/2605292/ - Innovative new Space Technology enabled by affordable reusable rockets https://spacenews.com/tyvak-satellite-on-spacex-rideshare-mission-carries-tiny-space-telescope/ - Yusaku Maezawa to the ISS to train for #dearMoon https://twitter.com/yousuckmz/status/1392789649911730177?s=21 HLS contract drama continues...senate bill to make NASA choose a second HLS contract (is there more funding?) https://spacenews.com/senate-bill-would-direct-nasa-to-select-a-second-hls-company/ Senate bill updated https://spacepolicyonline.com/news/spacex-hls-contract-gets-protection-in-revised-senate-bill/ https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/05/23/falcon-heavys-first-national-security-launch-slips-to-october/
Luca Rossettini | CEO & Founder of D-Orbit | People of Science - Dealing with Orbital Debris Logistics
On this weeks episode of #todayinspace we were honored to talk with Luca Rossettini, the CEO and Founder of D-Orbit for a segment of People of Science. We discuss Luca’s STEM Origin story and talk about challenge of orbital debris as the future of space develops. D-Orbit is strategically positioned to help humanity create debris management solutions for satellites - enable us to create logistics needed to ensure safety and prevent collisions that could inevitably ruin everyone’s access to space. Orbital Debris is everyone’s problem, especially the people who launch satellites into space, and D-Orbit is there to innovate and provide solutions to the explosive LEO and GEO markets around Earth...and if needed - the Moon and more! Enjoy our discussion of all things space, the the growing challenge of orbital debris logistics, and the incredible things yet to come for our near future in space! Learn more about D-Orbit by going to https://www.dorbit.space Follow us on social: - @todayinspacepod on instragram & twitter - @todayinspace on TikTok - /TodayInSpacePodcast on Facebook How to Support the podcast: Buy a 3D printed gift from our shop ag3dprinting.etsy.com Donate at todayinspace.net Follow us on social media @todayinspacepod (Instagram & Twitter) @todayinspace (TikTok) /TodayInSpacePodcast (Facebook) Share the podcast with friends & family! https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/ https://www.nasa.gov/gateway https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/1383111960984649731 https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/nac-charts-hls-overview-may-2020-heoc.pdf 00:11 - Introduction 00:56 - Luca intro 01:00 Luca's STEM origin story 03:22 Origin of D-Orbit / Space Logistics 05:43 Safety & Logistics matter after COVID - 6500 Satellites to 23,000 in the next 5-10 years / NASA, Planet Labs, Business, & New Space 09:32 How did you create this culture of new space and old space at D-Orbit? / Satellites are becoming commodities with software & technology 13:39 New Space is Global - NASA is enabling space world wide 16:47 What can D-Orbit do for the future of the space industry? Enabling companies to use satellites faster and launch where-ever they need. Getting to space is better with d-orbit 23:02 Dealing with Orbital Logistics, SpaceX triples the amount of satellites in the next 5-10 years, whose problem is orbital avoidance? 27:00 satellite de-orbiting options 30:00 The costs of having a satellite in orbit 32:00 The Economics of Science 36:00 What solutions are D-Orbit offering the satellite space industry? Space Debris / Active Debris Removal / Market in GEO & LEO Luca Rossettini should be an Astronaut - why D-Orbit exists 41:30 The Aerospace Career - The Gauntlet 43:10 Diversity in experience and thinking in the space industry 44:00 What are you excited about & final thoughts / Space is for everyone / why spend money on earth / enabling the human expansion in sustainable space / want to work at d-orbit? Join the space industry! / Space Law / Space Jobs available D-Orbit - Apply today! 48:00 Engineers and scientists aren't always communicators / communication is important in stem
SpaceX's Crew 1 returns to Earth, NASA's HLS Drama, & remembering Astronaut Michael Collins
On this weeks episode we dive into the success of NASA and SpaceX with Crew 1 and Crew 2, now that both Crew Dragons are making history. Drama is developing with NASAs Human Lander System contract going solely to SpaceX for Starship, and we celebrate Astronaut Michael Collins after his passing as I share my favorite thing about the legendary human being. I also share how the show will change over the next few months and the newest 3D printer added to our 3D printing Lab AG3D Follow us on social: - @todayinspacepod on instragram & twitter - @todayinspace on TikTok - /TodayInSpacePodcast on Facebook How to Support the podcast: Buy a 3D printed gift from our shop ag3dprinting.etsy.com Donate at todayinspace.net Follow us on social media @todayinspacepod (Instagram & Twitter) @todayinspace (TikTok) /TodayInSpacePodcast (Facebook) Share the podcast with friends & family! Nighttime Splashdown for Crew 1: https://twitter.com/nasa/status/1388791635568381953?s=21 NASA HLS drama: https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1383111960984649731?s=21 Crew 1 undocking https://youtu.be/alKUv1APOx0 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/26/science/spacex-moon-blue-origin.html 00:00 - 01:03 - Intro 01:03 - Snobbie Awards! 03:07 - NCM Award 03:30 - Next up....orbital news: 03:57 - Crew 2 first crew dragon to dock to the ISS twice 04:15 - Crew 1 and Crew 2 intermingle on ISS 04:36 - Crew 1 - US Spacecraft record of time in Space, 167 days 05:02 - Second Operation Crew Dragon launch and landing for Launch America 05:22 SpaceX has a fleet of ships as well! 06:31 - It takes a village...and sometimes a city to run a launch company 07_09 - its not like SpaceX is the only one with a fleet - ULA! 09:03 - In developmental Space - Starship SN15! 09:48 - advice on following Starship test flights live 11:56 - China's Tianwen-1 rover scheduled for landing on Mars May 17th 12:23 - Landing attempts on Mars - A history 13:52 - RIP Astronaut Michael Collins 15:19 - Toolmaking - gathering the knowledge of the elders for the future 16:50 - 1 of 3 left from Apollo 11 - more determined than ever to speak with them 17:35 - most fascinating thing about Michael Collins to me... 18:12 - what he thought of his time by himself during Apollo 11 19:35 - NASA's Artemis Program 20:51 - NASA wanted to invest in three companies to develop a human landing system 22:02 - The Drama begins...Blue Origin and Dynetics protest SpaceX being chosen as sole investment 22:32 - what does this mean for SpaceX's Starship? 23:11 - Luckily SpaceX has been working closely with NASA 23:33 - Progress has not stopped...BUT Dynetics and Blue Origin have the right to protest. May find out WHY NASA chose spacex and not the others 26:02 - Production update = the balance, Working Engineer 32:26 - message from the balance - change is good, and best if you act on it quickly. Don't obsess over it 34:16 - Shout out to Andrew Sink! New 3D printer has arrived! 35:18 - Unpackaging the Iron Box 36:40 - AG3D printing promo
The Balance: NASA chooses SpaceX for HLS for Artemis, Starship...to the moon!
The balance has been achieved between NASA & SpaceX as the Starship was chose as the single investment and winner of the HLS contract to bring the first woman and next man to step foot on the Moon. We started this segment of the balance with a question about whether or not NASA & SpaceX could combine forces and bring their best aspects together for a single effort to advance humanity in space....and this selection is a MASSIVE win for everyone involved. As is custom with 'The Balance' I also discuss balance in my own life and explain why this episode is audio only and what I'm doing to take care of myself physically and mentally in the middle of ALOT of change in life. I also share my thoughts on the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter test flight and some ideas on how to prevent martian dust from killing any future rovers.
Review of NASA's Crew 2 & SpaceX's Inspiration 4 mission & Thoughts on First Contact
In this episode we’re playing catch-up to review all the human Spaceflight underway in the next few weeks and months. Crew 1 makes a port relocation in preparation for Crew 2, and we review the Inspiration 4 mission and crew, as well as the impact of the first all civilian space mission. What does this mean for the future? I also discuss the impact of what First Contact IRL would have on humanity in honor of this years April 5th anniversary of the scifi timeline in Star Trek when humans met Vulcans for the first time. And a quick overview of what happened to Starship SN11 and why SpaceX is jumping to SN15. Elon Musks explanation for Starship SN11 RUD https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1379022709737275393?s=21 Meet the First All-Civilian Space Crew: https://youtu.be/4bkx2ENyAAs Who’s on board Inspiration 4?? https://www.inspiration4.com/crew#chris Sochi Noguchi review of SpaceX suit: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/mk6e7l/soichis_detailed_overview_of_the_spacex_iva_suit/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
NASA's SLS Success, 200 years of Greek Independence, and Leonard Nimoy Day
On this week's episode there's alot to catch up on in Space! NASA successfully test fired their RS-25 engines for the Space Launch System, the heavy lift vehicle created from the Space Shuttle, and is planned to be used for the Artemis Missions. Starship SN11 test fired successfully in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX scrubbed the 10km test flight until Monday. March 25th was the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence and I share my thoughts as a second generation Greek American and reflect on just how recent that it. & March 26th was Leonard Nimoy Day here in Boston, MA and I share how one of his tweets basically saved my life - to Live long and prosper! Have a great week! Stay sharp, and keep questioning & learning! Spread love & Spread Science! Follow us on social: - @todayinspacepod on instragram & twitter - @todayinspace on TikTok - /TodayInSpacePodcast on Facebook Support the podcast: Buy a 3D printed gift from our shop ag3dprinting.etsy.com Donate at todayinspace.net Follow us on social media @todayinspacepod (Instagram & Twitter) @todayinspace (TikTok) /TodayInSpacePodcast (Facebook) Share the podcast with friends & family! NASA'S SLS Test Fire for Full Duration https://youtu.be/XGRE_7yz_kM https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/03/bill-nelson-biden-nasa-administrator/618333/ https://hellenicnews.com/200th-anniversary-of-the-greek-war-of-independence-zito-i-25-martiou/ https://trekmovie.com/2021/03/20/city-of-boston-honors-a-star-trek-legend-by-declaring-march-26-leonard-nimoy-day/
Oumuamua vs. String Theory | Testable vs. Untestable Hypothesis. Which should we fund more? | Today In Space
In this episode I explore my thoughts on redefining the 'Scientific Ladder of Ideas' - specifically for a Hypothesis. Our talk with Avi Loeb last week opened my mind to two distinct groups for the 1st stage of scientific ideas. Testable and Untestable Hypothesis. Oumuamua vs. String Theory. If you haven't already listen to our last podcast about Avi's groundbreaking hypothesis about the origins of our first observed interstellar object, Oumuamua. Which idea has the potential for the most benefit to humanity? Is one idea more likely to be solved in 100 years, or even sooner? Do we have our priorities all wrong because certain scientific theories have become an 'industry' that would rather perpetuate the machine of science than to fund a hypothesis that may change the 'industry'? All this and more in this episode! Follow us on social: - @todayinspacepod on instragram & twitter - @todayinspace on TikTok - /TodayInSpacePodcast on Facebook Support the podcast: Buy a 3D printed gift from our shop ag3dprinting.etsy.com Donate at todayinspace.net Follow us on social media @todayinspacepod (Instagram & Twitter) @todayinspace (TikTok) /TodayInSpacePodcast (Facebook) Share the podcast with friends & family!
Avi Loeb | Oumuamua, Astrophysics, and Academia's struggle with new ideas | People of Science
On this episode of People of Science we are pleased to have Avi Loeb on to discuss the scientific mystery of Oumuamua. Avi is an Astrophysicist who's hypothesis on the first detected interstellar object to pass through our solar system looks at all the facts and leads us to challenge humanities greatest question - "Are we alone in the universe?" A true Sherlock Holmes style mystery challenging our logic when the evidence in front of us points to Oumuamua not having a natural origin. First thought to be a comet, but without any evidence of a tail or gas emitting from it as it passed the sun the change in orbit can't be accounted for. Add up the other details; a large change in reflectivity pointing to a pancake shape (not cigar shaped) and knowledge that we've discovered our own space trash exhibiting the same behavior from the sun's reflectivity - it points to Oumuamua exhibiting a very long and wide shape measuring 1mm or thinner in thickness that was 'pushed' by the Sun as it went by. Where did this object come from? Is it spacecraft remnants from another civilization? Are there more of them out there? Avi kindly breaks down the entire mystery and the resistance this idea is having in the Academic circles. We welcome this thoughtful hypothesis that has the chance to change the entire way we think about life on Earth and is testable in under 10 years. Please enjoy the podcast Purchase Avi's book "Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth": https://amzn.to/3egBetn More on Avi Loeb: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~loeb/ 3D Model of Oumuamua (an artists rendering): https://www.eso.org/public/products/models3d/oumuamua/ Support the podcast: Buy a 3D printed gift from our shop ag3dprinting.etsy.com Donate at todayinspace.net Follow us on social media @todayinspacepod (Instagram & Twitter) @todayinspace (TikTok) /TodayInSpacePodcast (Facebook) Share the podcast with friends & family!
Mars in Review 2021 & NASA's History, Ed Dwight, Nichelle Nichols, & Charles Bolden | Thoughts from an Engineer
In our final episode of February we wanted to share what to expect in space to start March 2021 (on earth and mars). I share my thoughts on Mars Perseverance Landing and the data we've gathered. The inevitable fake science reporting or poor attention grabbing content sharing fake Mars has returned. Can we get better at this as science communicators? Latest data from Mars rover (images, videos, & more) can be found here: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/images/ Then we close talking about NASA's history, which is infinitely tied with Black History month. This year we learned about Nichelle Nichols' influence on NASA from the 1970's-2015. A major influencer on the diversity of talent from all spectrums of humanity. The new movie about Nichelle Nichols, 'Woman in Motion', on this exact topic can be found here: https://amzn.to/3e2MpWa More about Ed Dwight: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Dwight More about Charles Bolden: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bolden
NASA Perseveres to Mars and lands Rover - Perseverance despite the Pandemic for Mars2020! | Facebook Live Replay
We went LIVE on Facebook to have a Mars Mission hangout to celebrate the final of three missions to the Red Planet. Catch the replay of the exciting finale of Mars Exploration for this season with the Perseverance Rover Entry, Descent, and Landing for NASA & JPL. A MASSIVE congratulations to the Mars2020 team, quite literally persevering through a pandemic and still accomplishing what so many have failed at before - landing successfully on Mars. Never mind using a rocket powered skycrane to drop an SUV sized robot on another planet. Looking forward to learning and sharing what our newest robotic emissary will teach us about one of our planetary neighbors in our solar system. Possibly the next one we adventure too as humanity... NASA's Eyes Animated Simulation - https://eyes.nasa.gov/apps/mars2020/#/home?id=surface_operations&time=2021-02-18T15:44:04.816-05:00&rate=0 About the landing location - Jezero Crater https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/science/landing-site/ Broadcast LIVE by NASA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm0b_ijaYMQ
Hope, Perseverance, and Tianwen-1 | A Triplet of Missions at Mars | TIS#233
In this episode Alex shares his favorite facts about the two missions of the Mars Triplet this month - Hope & Tianwen-1. We also discuss the ideas of an interplanetary mission to Mars as an amplifier for a country's value and recognition on the world stage. Can a small, young team of engineers and scientists succeed where the most powerful countries in modern history have failed? Can space progress and the ideal of adding to humanities collective knowledge of a planet like Mars be the grounds for continuing international partnership & teamwork in the future? Let us know what you think! https://www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-020-01862-z/index.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20200709&utm_source=nature_etoc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200709&sap-outbound-id=D2B97D206CFC64E6C035AC49CAC4D67FAFEBE1C0 https://www.planetary.org/space-missions/tianwen-1 https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CKUlvzXs5Tc/?igshid=12cugcu5zkb1x https://www.space.com/tianwen-1.html https://www.space.com/china-mars-rover-tianwen-1-landing-site
SpaceX Starship Update | Comparing SN9 to SN8 | Reaction & First Thoughts | TIS#232
On this week's episode we sat down and watched both SpaceX Starship high altitude test flights (SN9 & SN8) to compare the two. Both ended in a 'boom', but the 'landing' position was pretty good. How much good data did they get from this launch? Is it enough to continue progress on the Starship program? We'll learn soon enough once SpaceX goes through the debris and analyzes. Best of luck Alex shares his first thoughts and reaction to watching both SN8 & SN9 launches side by side. There are a surprising amount of differences that we observed and a whole lot of questions yet to be answered. Would love to know what you think! Be well! Spread love & spread science! SN9 Test Flight (SpaceX) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zZ7fIkpBgs SN8 Test Flight (SpaceX) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap-BkkrRg-o
Is Space ready for Ride-sharing Cubesats? Orbital Debris & SpaceX's Transporter-1 | The Balance TIS#231
In this week's episode we discuss the success of the record breaking launch of Transporter-1 by SpaceX that successfully deployed 143 satellites into orbit in the same launch. We also share some stats on this mission to give it some more context Then we discuss the Balance of the space industry and ask whether or not Space is ready for all these emerging launches of cubesats & satellites, considering last year was a record year for satellite launches. Don't we already have too much orbital debris around Earth? Isn't there too much risk already? I share some research on that topic, a brief history of space progress since the 1970's, and my thoughts on why we need to focus on the problem at hand and not get overwhelmed by our emotions. Which of course, is a good chance for me to compare this orbital problem to my first dentist appointment since I quit smoking cigarettes. Be well! Good luck SpaceX Starship team on getting SN9 hopping down in Boca Chica, Texas! https://web.wpi.edu/Pubs/E-project/Available/E-project-031212-121649/unrestricted/Mechanical,_Power,_and_Thermal_Subsystem_Design_for_a_CubeSat.pdf https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/spacex-enters-competition-for-smallsat-launch-contracts-with-a-low-low-price/ https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.floridatoday.com/amp/6693097002 https://www.celestis.com/launch-schedule/horizon-flight/ https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/mars-cube-one/in-depth/ https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/01/24/spacex-launches-record-setting-rideshare-mission-with-143-small-satellites/
Virgin Orbit Gets to Space! NASA's SLS test fires short, Updates on SpaceX's Starship SN9 & Starlink
https://tcrn.ch/3sKRjwe - Virgin orbit goes to space! https://www.space.com/nasa-sls-megarocket-artemis-1-engine-test-fire https://www.facebook.com/groups/spaceXverse/permalink/2495749894063354/ https://physicsworld.com/a/dark-coated-starlink-satellites-are-better-but-not-perfect-say-astronomers/
Why are space progress & societal chaos linked? | A look at Space Race 2.0 | SpaceX, Flight Proven Hardware, & Gwynne Shotwell
We’ve got a space-packed episode for you this week! We’re talking about some great things to LOOK UP for in the night sky this month, review the latest news since the start of the year, and break down the idea that we’re in the era of Space Race 2.0. The private sector is keeping the space industry strong and while interest is still high, there’s a ton of progress still to come! With a ton of success to build momentum on, SpaceX is doing great things. We bring attention to the person who we think is integral to the maintained success - and we’re not talking about Elon Musk, but their President and COO Gwynne Shotwell! LOOK UP! - astronomical events in January https://youtu.be/q7jYvd6v25Y Flight proven hardware is easier to sell. WHY Gwynne shotwell is awesome https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/gwynne-shotwell-talks-about-selling-flight-proven-rockets-starship/ Review of satellites launch in last year and more - TLDR; its a lot https://planet4589.org/space/papers/space20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR08UxlTgrrE-7gRxYmqbocWG_mn2FU6dPLHp3x_tueTB1be9sFZ3AomriA India’s Decadal Plan for reusable rockets https://spacenews.com/india-aims-for-reusable-rockets-advanced-propulsion-in-decadal-spaceflight-plan/?fbclid=IwAR11MjQ1ZlAuevQOOOjmcyy5dq-Yy_zZ3IS4atRUVaUGMQq3cbCdVOx8osc Spacex and missile detection https://spacenews.com/spacex-and-l3harris-win-again-space-development-agency-contracts-to-build-missile-warning-satellites/ Follow us on social media! @todayinspacepod on Twitter/Instagram /TodayInSpacePodcast on Facebook @todayinspace on TikTok
The Balance: Goodbye 2020: Lessons & Takeaways: Honesty, Teamwork, & Personal Growth
It's the end of 2020, and we can't be more excited for this year to end! We've learned a whole bunch along the way, and I wanted to take this last episode of this shitty year to breakdown some lessons and takeaways. Would love to know what you've taken away from this year as well. We've learned alot by seeing SpaceX & NASA work together to achieve great things. I've learned alot about being honest with myself about who I am and what I'm not good at. I also take some time to dive into some of the best feedback I've gotten this year. Looking forward to 2021 with lots of hope and excitement! To a fantastic future! ISS Crew 1 team sharing holiday greetings from space! https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1342141735787491330
The Great 2020 Conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn aka The 'Xmas Star' | Holiday Special | Today In Space #227
Welcome to our Holiday Special! We're gearing up for the end of 2020 (thank goodness) and this week we wanted to break down what makes this Great Conjunction so 'great'. We go over what's happening with these two planets, when it's happened before, and what the Earth was like the last time this astronomical event was happening in 1623 and 1226! Were things as messed up as they are now? You'd be surprised... As is tradition on the podcast, we spend some time on the holiday special discussion the mind f&ck that is space & time on the scale of the universe compared to our humanly existence. Next week we will have lots of content for the end of the year! We're reviewing what 2020 had to offer with Space - and what we expect for 2021! Follow us online! Facebook.com/todayinspacepodcast Twitter.com/todayinspacepod instagram.com/todayinspacepod instagram.com/ag3dprinting https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/great-jupiter-saturn-conjunction-dec-21-2020 https://www.nasa.gov/feature/the-great-conjunction-of-jupiter-and-saturn Wrath of the Kahns - Dan Carlin Hardcore History https://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-extra-wrath-of-the-khans/
SpaceX Starship SN8 Test Launch Breakdown | Test, Break, Analyze (repeat) | Today In Space #226
It's been a crazy month of Space so far! On this week's podcast we start by giving you a lightning fast review of all that's happened recently in space, and then we focus on breaking down the SpaceX Starship SN8. Alex explains why the test was a success (go R&D!) and how SpaceX's definition of failure is very different than all the haters and click baiters saying it was a 'failure' Way to go Elon & SpaceX team - y'all are amazing! Two SpaceX Dragon capsules docked on the ISS https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1336349048534528001?s=20 Astronaut Terry Virts on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast https://open.spotify.com/episode/4k7JHPCLoCmSlZY9tvme0s?si=_n11dqiwRTGvSy3zpE3fsg JAXA's Hayabusa2 returns Asteroid Ryugu sample: https://twitter.com/ELGR3CO/status/1335599041053401088?s=20 NROL-44 Launches finally! Way to go ULA & DeltaIV Heavy https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/1337297554606862336 SpaceX SN8 Starship Test flight (original stream) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap-BkkrRg-o NASA Artemis Astronauts chosen: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-team/?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=WomenNASA&utm_campaign=NASASocial&linkId=106912901 How not to land a Falcon 9 rocket - SpaceX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvim4rsNHkQ
Cyril Dupuy CEO of Vaonis | Astronomy, Optics, and Telescope Innovation | People of Science
This week we had the pleasure of having Cyril Dupuy on the podcast! He’s the CEO of Vaonis, an ex-Aerospace engineer, and extremely passionate about astronomy. We discuss Vaonis’ telescope Stellina and all the ways they are making it easy for ANYONE to view the night sky and guided by their platform’s application. A really great talk with a science based thinker who’s on a mission to innovate astronomy for beginners, children, and anyone who’s not doing it because it’s too complicated to get started. We discuss where Cyril’s passion for science started and how he’s finding a balance between being an engineer and the best CEO he can be for his team at Vaonis. Business and science combine! We also discuss the next product that just finished up its Kickstarter - Vespera! The slim-downed version of Stellina with all the great features - in a smaller package for anyone’s budget (available at the start of 2022) Check out what Vaonis offers at their website Vaonis.com On our segment, ‘People of Science’ we talk with those passionate about the scientific mindset and what got them into their field. The challenges or stories of how they got to where they are today, how they think, and the science they love.