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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

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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!

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

Meet the Expert: Kirsten W. Larson, Former NASA Public Affairs Officer, now Children’s Author Kirsten used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes books for curious kids. Kirsten is the author of WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: EMMA LILIAN TODD INVENTS AN AIRPLANE, illustrated by Tracy Subisak (Calkins Creek, 2020), A TRUE WONDER: The Comic Book Hero Who… Continue Reading Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

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Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

Challenge:  Understand the structure of the Earth’s Atmosphere Use a series of boxes and stack them on top of each other. Each box represents a layer of the atmosphere. Ask yourself what takes place in these layers? (Hint: check out this link from UCAR Center for Science Education for help) Send us a picture or… Continue Reading Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

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Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

Meet the Expert: Norman Black, Retired Air Force Colonel and Payload Integrator Norman Black is a seasoned and tested space systems professional with over 25 years of highly specialized technical expertise and documented success in space and satellite operations for the military and civil agencies (NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office). He is a product… Continue Reading Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

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Episode 63: How Do Scientists Listen to Black Holes?

  Challenge: Listen to the podcast and see if you can tell which is a black hole colliding and how close or far away it is. Did you get them right? Then look up information about a black hole or LIGO and draw a picture of gravitational waves or a black hole. With your parent’s… Continue Reading Episode 63: How Do Scientists Listen to Black Holes?

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