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SpaceX Inspiration4 liftoff from 3 miles away (sound up!) with Falcon nebula

This video was taken from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A Press Site just 3 miles away from the launch pad for the liftoff of SpaceX Inspiration4 on Wednesday Sept 15, 2021 at 8:02 pm EDT.

The wide shot was taken with an iPhone, with an inset closeup taken with a 600mm lens on a Nikon D5600. Sound was taken from the Nikon but cuts off early while the wide shot continued until the Falcon nebula can be seen.

Inspiration4 was the first all-civilian space flight with all crew members safely returned after splash down in the Atlantic ocean on Saturday September 19, 2021. This mission is also a fundraiser for St. Jude (https://www.stjude.org/)

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SpaceX Inspiration4 liftoff from LC 39A Press Site

Here’s a look at the launch of the first all-civilian space flight Inspiration4 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 on September 15, 2021 at 8:02pm EDT. The rocket goes out of the frame quickly but then the sound comes rumbling. This was taken with my 600mm lens from NASA’s Launch Complex 39A Press Site (credit Chuck Fields).

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Life In Our Solar System? Europa Might Hold the Key | Interview w/ David Brown

Is there life on Europa and in our Solar System? We’ll discuss this question and more in this David Brown interview that will talk about just how close we are to finding an answer about alien life in our own backyard. David’s book, THE MISSION, discusses NASA’s upcoming Europa Clipper mission and the scientists, engineers and other key figures behind this incredible endeavor to explore the Jovian moon.

In this episode we are going to explore Europa, the ice moon of Jupiter, and the mission to get there. NASA is currently building the Europa Clipper spacecraft which will begin its voyage to the Jovian Moon in 2024. David is an award-winning writer, whose work appears frequently in The New York Times, Scientific American and Smithsonian. He is an Antarctic expeditioner, an endurance runner, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, and a veteran of Afghanistan. David just released his latest book: THE MISSION, an amazing behind-the-scenes narrative of NASA’s deep space mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, where alien life just might exist in an ocean beneath the frozen surface.

DAVID W BROWN
https://www.dwb.io/​

EUROPA CLIPPER MISSION
https://europa.nasa.gov/​

THE BOOK
THE MISSION, or: How a Disciple of Carl Sagan, an Ex-Motocross Racer, a Texas Tea Party Congressman, the World’s Worst Typewriter Saleswoman, California Mountain People, and an Anonymous NASA Functionary Went to War with Mars, Survived an Insurgency at Saturn, Traded Blows with Washington, and Stole a Ride on an Alabama Moon Rocket to Send a Space Robot to Jupiter in Search of the Second Garden of Eden at the Bottom of an Alien Ocean Inside of an Ice World Called Europa (A True Story)

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Planetary Scientist Alan Stern Heading to Space on Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo!

Planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern has been chosen to be the first to conduct NASA-funded science experiments while flying aboard a commercial spacecraft. In this interview Dr. Stern discusses the experiments he will perform aboard Virgin Galactic’s “SpaceShipTwo” on a suborbital mission from the Spaceport America launch site in New Mexico. He also discusses software upgrades coming to the New Horizons spacecraft in 2021, and as a proponent of Pluto, explains why it should be considered the ninth planet in our solar system.

About Dr. Alan Stern
Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, author, and avid public speaker. Since 2001 he has led NASA’s $880M New Horizons mission that successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt—the farthest exploration in the history of humankind. In 2018, he was named by the Administration to a six yearlong term to the U.S. National Science Board. In both 2007 and 2016, he was named to the Time 100 list. In 2020, NASA selected Dr. Stern to fly as an experimenter on a commercial suborbital spaceflight aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip2.

Since 2009, Dr. Stern has been an Associate Vice President and Special Assistant to the President at the Southwest Research Institute. Additionally, from 2008-2012 he served on the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and as the Chief Scientist and Mission Architect for Moon Express from 2010-2013. From 2011-2013 he served as the Director of the Florida Space Institute. Dr. Stern serves as the Chief Science Officer of World View, a near-space ballooning company that he is co-founder of. In 2016 and again in 2017 he was elected to be the Board Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Dr. Stern is also on the advisory board of Lowell Observatory.

Dr. Stern also maintains his own aerospace consulting practice. His current and former consulting clients include Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Naveen Jain’s Moon Express Google Lunar X-Prize team, Ball Aerospace, Paragon Space Development Corporation, the NASTAR Center, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Johns Hopkins University.

His career has taken him to numerous astronomical observatories, to the South Pole, and to the upper atmosphere aboard various high performance NASA aircraft including F/A-18 Hornets, F-104 Starfighters, KC-135 Zero-G, and WB-57 Canberras. He has been involved as a researcher in 29 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including 14 for which he was a principle investigator; and he has led the development of 8 scientific instruments for NASA space missions. In 1995, he was selected as a Space Shuttle Mission Specialist finalist, and in 1996 he was a candidate Space Shuttle Payload Specialist. In 2010, he became a suborbital payload specialist trainee, and is expected to fly several suborbital space missions aboard Virgin Galactic vehicles in 2019-2020.

About SwRI
Southwest Research Institute is a premier independent, nonprofit research and development organization using multidisciplinary services to provide solutions to some of the world’s most challenging scientific and engineering problems. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, our client-focused, client-funded organization occupies more than 1,500 acres, providing more than 2.3 million square feet of laboratories, test facilities, workshops, and offices for approximately 3,000 employees who perform contract work for government and industry clients.

For more information, visit https://www.swri.org/

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OSIRIS-REx Asteroid “Smash & Grab” – Mission Update

Phone Interview with OSIRIS-REx Project Scientist Dr. Jason P. Dworkin

On October 20th, 2020, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made history as it collected samples from asteroid Bennu, which are expected to return to Earth in 2023. For this episode I’m pleased to introduce Dr. Jason Dworkin, the project scientist for OSIRIS-REx, for an update and more details on the OSIRIS-REx mission.

About OSIRIS-REx
(Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer)
https://www.asteroidmission.org/
OSIRIS-REx seeks answers to the questions that are central to the human experience: Where did we come from? What is our destiny? Asteroids, the leftover debris from the solar system formation process, can answer these questions and teach us about the history of the sun and planets.

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently orbiting Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid whose regolith may record the earliest history of our solar system. Bennu may contain the molecular precursors to the origin of life and the Earth’s oceans. Bennu is also one of the most potentially hazardous asteroids, as it has a relatively high probability of impacting the Earth late in the 22nd century. OSIRIS-REx will determine Bennu’s physical and chemical properties, which will be critical to know in the event of an impact mitigation mission. Finally, asteroids like Bennu contain natural resources such as water, organics, and precious metals. In the future, these asteroids may one day fuel the exploration of the solar system by robotic and crewed spacecraft.

About Dr. Jason Dworkin
https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/jason.p.dworkin
Jason Dworkin is the Project Scientist for OSIRIS-REx and NASA’s Senior Scientist for Astrobiology. Jason’s objective is to assess the organic species available for the origin and early evolution of life with a focus is on understanding the extraterrestrial input and origin of molecules relevant for life. This objective has been to study increasingly documented and constrained systems, from plausibly early Earth chemistry, chemistry of astrophysically relevant laboratory ices, organic and chiral analysis of meteorites, to analysis of sample returned material and how to protect that material from contamination. This research employs modern analytical methods to examine authentic samples of the early solar system as well as laboratory models of ancient environments. This involves both directing research in the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and scientific leadership in NASA sample return and in situ missions.

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Water Discovered on Sunlit Surface of the Moon – Lunar Geologist Dr. Sarah Noble

NASA’s aircraft SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) has confirmed for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. Previously NASA had discovered evidence for water in shadows of craters, but this new discovery has incredible implications for possible use of this water as a resource as NASA returns to the Moon. Lunar Geologist Dr. Sarah Noble joins us today to discuss this incredible discovery and its implications for the future of space exploration, especially with NASA’s plan to send the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024.

In this interview Sarah discusses how SOFIA made this discovery, how much water was found, and future plans for investigating on the Moon, including NASA’s VIPER rover, a mobile robot that will go to the South Pole of the Moon to get a close-up view of the location and concentration of water ice.

About Sarah Noble (from NASA.gov)
Sarah Noble grew up in rural Minnesota, where from a very young age she was fascinated with space exploration, staring up at the moon and making plans to visit it one day. She started collage as an aerospace engineering major, because it was the only major with the word “space” in it, but stumbled into a geology class one day and fell in love with the science. Knowing her love of all things space related, her professors steered her towards planetary geology, the subfield of geology that studies how other planets (and moons and asteroids and comets and whatnot) form, evolve, and operate. She started her NASA career studying meteorites as an undergraduate intern at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. After graduate school, and a short adventure working for Congress, she returned to Johnson, and also spent time working at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama and Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland before finding her place at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. She has worked as a program officer and discipline scientist in the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters since 2010 working on missions, as well as research and analysis programs. She is an avid painter and is passionate about sharing the joy and beauty of space exploration, both through science outreach and through her artwork.

For more information, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/sofia

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SpaceX Crew-1: Commander Mike Hopkins (phone interview)

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 he became interested in space and his excitement for the future, especially SpaceX Starship. Felix is the host of “What About It!?”, an amazing program on YouTube that explores Space, Rockets & Science, with new episodes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Check out his YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/ZSSolomon or visit https://whataboutit.space/

ABOUT SPACEX CREW-1
NASA is preparing to launch its first crew rotational flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft with astronauts to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew-1 flight mission will carry astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to the space station from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch will be the first time an international crew will fly aboard a NASA-certified, commercially-owned and operated American rocket and spacecraft from American soil. Following the launch, the Crew-1 astronauts are scheduled to arrive at the space station for a six-month science mission aboard the orbiting laboratory.

ABOUT COMMANDER MICHAEL S. HOPKINS (Source: NASA)
Michael S. Hopkins was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 2009. The Missouri native is currently training for Crew-1, the first post-certification mission of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft – the second crewed flight for that vehicle – and his second long duration mission aboard the International Space Station.

Hopkins and his crewmates are working closely with SpaceX to develop their new spacecraft systems, which will provide roundtrip crew transportation services to the International Space Station and, along with Boeing’s Starliner, return the ability to launch humans into space from United States soil.

Previously, Hopkins was member of the Expedition 37/38 crew and has logged 166 days in space. He launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station in September 2013. During his stay aboard the station, he conducted two spacewalks totaling 12 hours and 58 minutes to change out a degraded pump module.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University. Hopkins currently supports International Space Station Operations at the Johnson Space Center.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) – THOMAS J. KACPURA

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 support to NASA and non-NASA missions by managing three networks: The Deep Space Network, the Near Earth Network and the Space Network.

In this interview Tom provides an overview of SCaN, how the program has its roots in the 1950s, the three networks managed by SCaN, plus the incredible spinoffs generated by the development of SCaN technology.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/scan

Special thanks to Dylan Hagreen for sharing his space journey in this episode!

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Atlas of Solar Eclipses: 2020 to 2045 (by authors Michael Zeiler & Michael Bakich)

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 nature’s most stupendous site, a total eclipse of the Sun.

The Atlas of Solar Eclipses — 2020 to 2045 is an adventure guide for anyone entranced by celestial wonders and interested in seeking nature’s most stupendous sight, a total eclipse of the Sun. The atlas covers every type of solar eclipse around the world — total, annular, and partial — with beautiful and informative maps at overview, regional, and detail scales.

You can view a preview of the atlas at https://tinyurl.com/AtlasOfSolarEclipsesPreview

The atlas spans 56 solar eclipses from 2020 to 2045. Emphasis is given to total solar eclipses in heavily populated areas, such as the 2024 April 8 eclipse across North America, the 2027 August 2 eclipse over Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the 2035 September 2 eclipse passing over Beijing, Pyongyang, and Tokyo, the 2044 August 23 eclipse over Canada and Montana, and the 2045 August 12 eclipse crossing North and South America. Also covered in depth is the annular solar eclipse of 2023 October 14 crossing the western United States from Oregon to Texas.

In this interview the authors discuss not only the book, but also tips for observing and photographing solar eclipses, as well as traveling to them and using the proper equipment.

For more information, visit https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/books/atlas-of-solar-eclipses-2020-to-2045

LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS INTERVIEW
SOLAR ECLIPSE GLASSES:
Make sure your solar eclipse glasses are safe by visiting https://eclipse.aas.org

SOLAR ECLIPSE MAESTRO:
http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/Solar_Eclipse_Maestro_Help/pgs2/btoc1.html

SOLAR ECLIPSE TIMER:
https://www.solareclipsetimer.com/

Thanks to actress Zoe Perry (“Young Sheldon”) for sharing her space journey (and as Sheldon’s mom Mary Cooper) in this episode! Check out our full interview with Zoe at OnlineCoffeeBreak.com/140

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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 but Canada has been involved with space for decades. In fact, Canada was the third country to develop and build its own satellite, Alouette, that launched in 1962. CSA is well known for its development of Canadarm, the robotic arm used on the space shuttle, the International Space Station, and soon the Lunar Gateway.

About the Gateway
NASA is spearheading the initiative to establish the Gateway, a space station in lunar orbit. About one-fifth of the size of the ISS, this new outpost will be developed, serviced, and utilized in collaboration with international and commercial partners.

The Gateway will be:

– a science laboratory;
– a testbed for new technologies;
– a rendezvous location for exploration of the surface of the Moon;
– a mission control centre for operations on the Moon; and
– one day, a stepping stone for voyages to Mars.

When fully assembled, the Gateway will include modules for scientific research and living quarters for crews of four astronauts. They will be able to live and work on the Gateway for up to three months at a time, occasionally travelling to the lunar surface to conduct science and test new technologies. Eventually, these missions could last longer in order to prepare for the deeper-space missions of the future.

Unlike the ISS, the Gateway will not be crewed continuously, though it will be inhabited at least once a year. As an artificial intelligence-based robotic system, Canadarm3 will be able to tend to the Gateway when no humans are on board, including operating science experiments aboard the lunar outpost.

About Canadarm3
Canadarm3 will be Canada’s contribution to the US-led Gateway, a lunar outpost that will enable sustainable human exploration of the Moon. This highly autonomous robotic system will use cutting-edge software to perform tasks around the Moon without human intervention.

The smart robotic system will include several distinct parts, including a large, 8.5-metre-long arm, a smaller, more dexterous arm, and a set of detachable tools. Canadarm3 is designed to work autonomously. However, the system could also be operated by robotics flight controllers in Canada, or by Gateway crew during spacewalks. Canadarm3 will create more flight opportunities for Canadian astronauts and will give Canadian scientists a possibility to conduct research and experiments that cannot be done on Earth.

For more information, visit https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/

Special thanks to Kate Pierson of The B-52’s for sharing her space story in this episode! Check out our interview with Kate at https://youtu.be/Snq1Ctae7CE or visit OnlineCoffeeBreak.com

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