astronaut

Episode 135: How Do You Power a Spacecraft?

Meet the Expert: Carl Sandifer, Manager, Radioisotope Power Systems Program, NASA Glenn Research Center Mr. Carl E. Sandifer II is the Chief of the Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) Program Office in  the Space Flight Systems Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center (GRC).  In this position, Mr. Sandifer also serves… Continue Reading Episode 135: How Do You Power a Spacecraft?

Read More

Episode 134: Why Would You Send Yeast into Space?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Sergio Santa-Maria, project scientist for NASA BioSentinel Mission   Sergio is originally from Lima, Peru, where he studied Biology & Ecology. He did his doctoral studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where he studied novel pathways for the repair of DNA damage using model biological organisms,… Continue Reading Episode 134: Why Would You Send Yeast into Space?

Read More

Episode 132: How Do You Talk to a Spaceship?

Meet the Expert: Rob Chambers,Business Development Director Commercial Civil Space Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Rob Chambers is the Business Development Director for Lockheed Martin’s Commercial Civil Space line of business. In this role, he is focused on Lockheed Martin’s blueprint for extending humanity’s knowledge of our planet, our solar system, and the universe at… Continue Reading Episode 132: How Do You Talk to a Spaceship?

Read More

Episode 124: How Do You Study Another Planet’s Moon?

Meet the Expert: Tracy Drain, Flight Systems Engineer NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)   Tracy Drain is a Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is currently the lead Flight Systems engineer for the Europa Clipper mission. This spacecraft will launch in 2024 set off on a 5.5-year journey to study Europa, an icy… Continue Reading Episode 124: How Do You Study Another Planet’s Moon?

Read More

Episode 115: The BEST of Amazing Engineering

Love to learn about the wonders of engineering and technology? Don’t miss this fabulous episode with snippets from AMAZING engineering!!     Dr. Arturo Dominguez discusses (How To Hold the Sun in a Donut),         Dr. Anna Michel chats abt (How to Design a Sensor to Learn about the Deep Ocean)  … Continue Reading Episode 115: The BEST of Amazing Engineering

Read More

Episode 113: The BEST of Ice!

Enjoy this COOL selection of our BEST of ICE episodes with Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj (How are Glaciers Nature’s Time Machine?)           Dr. Will Grundy (Why Do We Study Alien Ice?)           and Dr. Alan Stern (What is it Like to Fly by Pluto?)   If you like… Continue Reading Episode 113: The BEST of Ice!

Read More

Episode 98: Why Do We Study Alien Ice?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Will Grundy, Co-investigator of NASA’s New Horizon Project and Planetary Scientist at Lowell Observatory Dr. Grundy does spectroscopic, thermal, and imaging observations of outer Solar System bodies using numerous large ground- and space-based telescopes including Hubble, Keck, Gemini, DCT, IRTF, and MMT. Targets of these observations include icy satellites and Kuiper… Continue Reading Episode 98: Why Do We Study Alien Ice?

Read More

Episode 96: How Can You Help NASA to do Astronomy?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Marc Kuchner, Citizen Science Officer for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Marc Kuchner is an astrophysicist and the Citizen Science Officer for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. His job is to foster citizen science at NASA; he oversees a portfolio of roughly 25 NASA-funded citizen science projects, reaching more than a million volunteers.… Continue Reading Episode 96: How Can You Help NASA to do Astronomy?

Read More

Episode 90: How Do You Design a Space Station?

Meet the Expert:  Lou Ramon, former NASA Engineer Lou Ramon has been a “space cadet” his entire life. As a young boy, he had his own model plane “air force” hanging from his bedroom ceiling and he grew up reading and watching science fiction TV shows and movies. So it’s no wonder he ended up… Continue Reading Episode 90: How Do You Design a Space Station?

Read More

Episode 87: Why Do Planes Make a Sonic Boom?

Meet the Expert:  Nils Larson, NASA Test Pilot David Nils Larson is a research test pilot at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. He is NASA’s lead pilot for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, and is assigned to Armstrong’s F/A-18, F-15, T-34 research and mission support aircraft and DC-8 airborne science aircraft. Larson also serves as senior advisor… Continue Reading Episode 87: Why Do Planes Make a Sonic Boom?

Read More

Episode 86: The BEST of Deep Space

Happy New Year! Jennifer and Jeff are on vacation, but don’t miss our BEST of Deep Space compilation with snippets of episodes with some of our favorite engineers and scientists! Engineer and author Suzanne Slade How Do You Have a Snowball Fight on Mars?           Dr. Eric Thrane, LIGO astrophysicist How… Continue Reading Episode 86: The BEST of Deep Space

Read More

Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

Meet the Expert: Laurie Orth, Music Teacher and STEAM education pioneer STEAM education pioneer Laurie Orth brings together the two contrasting disciplines of space exploration and music. Creating a pipeline for young people into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) educational programs through music is important to her. With over two decades teaching… Continue Reading Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

Read More
Skip to content