Podcast

28. SpaceX Crew-1: Interview with Commander Mike Hopkins

In this interview, recorded via phone on September 29, 2020, I speak with Commander Mike Hopkins about this mission, his training and the challenges (and thrills) of commanding the SpaceX Crew-1 mission, currently scheduled to launch in mid-November 2020. BONUS: Mini-Interview with Felix Schlang of What About It!? Felix joins me briefly to share how…

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27. NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN)

In this episode we interview Thomas Kacpura regarding NASA’s SCaN program (Space Communications and Navigations). I was fortunate to travel to NASA Glenn Research Center earlier this year to meet with Tom and discuss this incredible program. SCaN provides communications services that are essential to the operations of NASA’s space flight missions. SCaN provides communications…

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26. Atlas of Solar Eclipses: 2020 to 2045

In this episode authors Michael Zeiler and Michael Bakich join us to discuss their fascinating new book, Atlas of Solar Eclipses, an adventure guide for the next 25 years of solar eclipses. This amazing atlas covers every type of solar eclipse around the world—total, annular and partial—with beautiful and informative maps to guide you to…

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25. Canadian Space Agency: Lunar Gateway & Canadarm3

In this episode we continue our “Around the World in Space” series with the Canadian Space Agency. Ken Podwalski, Program Manager for the Lunar Gateway at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) joins us to discuss the Canadian Space Agency’s efforts for the upcoming Lunar Gateway and Canadarm3. The Canadian Space Agency was established in 1990…

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24. 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 the…

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23. The Summer of Mars: Perseverance & Ingenuity

Mars Perseverance launching soon! In this episode our panel discusses NASA’s upcoming Perseverance mission, including its passenger Ingenuity, the first ever helicopter designed to fly on Mars. Targeted for launch in July 2020, the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will seek signs of past life, set aside a returnable cache with the most compelling rock core…

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22. JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency with 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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21. 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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20. Introducing Pakistan’s first Private Space Company

The Rocket & Satellite Company, Pakistan’s first private space company Over the next few episodes, we’re embarking on a new space journey; a short series highlighting various countries and their efforts for the future of space exploration. In upcoming episodes we’ll be featuring interviews with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), the Canadian Space Agency, and…

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19. Mars Helicopter INGENUITY | Bob Balaram Interview (Chief Engineer)

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity launching July 2020 We interview Bob Balaram, Chief Engineer of the Mars Helicopter INGENUITY project at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in this episode to discuss this 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 first…

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