April 28, 2019
NASA's MAVEN Magnetometer Instrument Lead Dr. Jared Espley joins us to talk about MAVEN, Juno and how we measure the magnetism of planets in our local system.
More information on MAVEN can be found here: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/maven/main/index.html
And more information on Juno can be found here: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html
April 24, 2019
Space X Suffers a catastrophic anomaly of the Crew Dragon spaceship while in an un-crewed test on the ground. A Boeing satellite also suffers a catastrophic failure after only a couple years of service. And some galaxies seem to be missing their dark matter!
As always we also have your Local System Traffic and Weather!
Crew Dragon Anomaly image in thumbnail is from Craig Bailey / Florida Today.
April 21, 2019
This week we bring on Dr. Jielai Zhang to talk about Dragonfly Telephoto Array, its unique capabilities, why it was needed and what they have found or hope to find out so far. We also cover the role of astronomy as a gateway field to STEM and the West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers program.
April 17, 2019
A lot of stuff happened in our local system this week! In Traffic the Beresheet suffered a rapid unintended kinetic disassembly and Falcon Heavy launched, landed and then the center core tipped over.
In news: The Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft took to the skies and we get to see the image of a black hole for the first time!
As always we wrap the show up with space weather.
April 14, 2019
Engineer Brittany Zimmerman of Paragon Space Development Corporation joins us to talk about the different ways Space wants to kill you. We cover how Paragon is working on Life Support And Environmental Control Systems, including water purification to help keep us all alive on out journey to Mars. This one is an eye opener including a lot of stuff that will be required if us ugly giant bags of mostly water are to colonize the solar system.
April 11, 2019
This week in Space News from TMRO we have:
RocketLab announces their Photon satellite system
US Spacewalk 53, Space Suit Mixup
Milky Way Weight
There were 2 Soyuz launches in Space Traffic and of course the Space Weather Woman Dr. Tamitha Skov brings is our Space Weather.
April 8, 2019
The always energetic and information powerhouse Dr. Kirby Runyon joins us to talk about New Horizons, Yuris Night and announces the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Interstellar Probe. It's a really fun and exciting interview, and we had a bit of stuff we missed in After Dark so we left a bit of that in there at the end as well.
April 1, 2019
This week we are joined by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Program Scientist Dr. Eric Smith. We talk about the most ambitious space telescope project humans have ever undertaken, and why when we get the first images back it will likely just be 18 fuzzy blobs.