Episode 346: Mars or Bust

On this episode of Talking Space, we discuss the successful launch of the Mars Science Laboratory or Curiosity, which our very own Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman were in Florida to witness. You will even get to here the actual sound of launch, and an interesting sound it is if you listen closely. We then move on to the next name to leave NASA: Mike Leinbach. We then continue on to some interesting articles posted regarding NASAs budget. We finish off our main topics with the attempts to salvage the Russian mission Phobos-Grunt. 

In our Talking Space Mad Minute, we talk about the Twitter account @KillerCuriosity, a new location for a space shuttle simulator, the official hand-over of space shuttle Enterprise's title, ice in Florida, and some interesting facts about Plutonium.

The Atlas V carrying the Mars Science Laboratory launches from the Kennedy Space Center. Credit: Alex Shimp

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gina Herlihy, Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 11/28/2011

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Episode 345: Sparking 'Curiosity' in Space Science

On this episode of Talking Space, we change our format slightly. For our main topics, we discuss the return of the Expedition 29 crew to Earth after 167 days in space. We then move on to the upcoming launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, also known as Curiosity. We also discuss the issue of its main fuel source: Plutonium. We then discuss the new, finalized NASA budget. Although it saves something important, many other important items are cut. We finish off our main topics with YouTube's Space Lab, where students ages 14-18 can devise an experiment which could be performed onboard the ISS. The two winning submissions will actually be flown into space and flown aboard the space station.

On our newest segment, where we round up stories we couldn't cover in depth, we mention the congressional medal  handed out to some space heroes, a NASA facility which is not only a great place to work, but safe, an extended Mercury mission, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Neutral Buoyancy lab being repurposed, and the return of Science Channe's hit show Meteorite Men.

For more information on YouTube Space Lab, to submit your video, or to check out their educational playlist, visit http://youtube.com/spacelab

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gina Herlihy, Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 11/21/2011

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Episode 344: 100 'Miles' Above the Earth

On our 100th episode of Talking Space, we invite on a very special guest, and the only guest to date to appear on the show 3 times, the one and only Miles O'Brien. We begin with the recent Mars 500 mission, in which astronauts spent over 500 days simulating a trip to Mars. We ask him if this is a valuable tool and discuss actually getting to Mars in the future. After the successful launch of the Soyuz on November 6th, 2011 at 11:14pm EST carrying 3 astronauts to the International Space Station, we talk about the era of Soyuz and what this means for the United States and talk about where we'll go in the future. We move on to the failed Phobos-Grunt mission launched by Russia and discuss that as well as its future as space debris and if Earthlings need to break out their crash helmets. We then talk about Miles' trip to earthquake-ravaged Japan and takes a look at how it is now for PBS. 

For more on Miles, feel free to check out his website: http://milesobrien.com

You can also check out some of his clips on his YouTube channel, http://youtube.com/milesobrien

You can also take a look at other clips for PBS by visiting http://pbs.org and clicking on PBS NewsHour or Frontline. 

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gina Herlihy, Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman with broadcast journalist and PBS correspondent Miles O'Brien

Show Recorded - 11/14/2011

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Episode 343: Ghosts, Ghouls, and Spooky Space

On this, our 99th and Halloween episode of Talking Space, we discuss an announcement made by Boeing to build their CST-100 in Orbiter Processing Facility 3 (OPF-3) at the Kennedy Space Center. We then discuss the successful launch of a Soyuz carrying Progress 45, a resupply ship to the International Space Station, and discuss its impact after the recent Progress 44 failure. We then move onto the successful launch of China's Shenzhou-8 to dock with the already orbiting Tiangong 1. We discuss what this means for China's future as well as an attempted hacking of a US satellite and China's denial. We then move on to a discussion about an article written by Robert Zubrin about a review of NASA's planetary missions and our opinion on the possible cancellations of such missions as Voyager 1 and 2, the Mars rovers, and more. We finish off with NASA's underwater mission, NEEMO 15, as well as Elon Musk possibly dropping out of his attempts to dock to the ISS due to a format change. 

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gina Herlihy, Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 10/31/2011

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Episode 342: Landing a New Home

On this news-packed episode of Talking Space, we discuss the space shuttle Endeavour officially being handed over to the California Science Center, and also discuss the controversey of trying to bring a shuttle to Houston as well as Ohio. This segment includes a classic clip from a STS-134 briefing with a question asked by our own Gene Mikulka. We then discuss former Space Shuttle Launch Integration Manager Mike Moses, who will be leaving NASA to join Virgin Galactic. We also discuss the second drop test of Space Ship 2, which did not go as smooth as expected. We then get into a deep discussion of the next proposed NASA budget and some intersting areas which are being affected by the budget and others that aren't. We then talk about a possible 2013 abort test of the Orion capsule as well as a 2012 drop test of Sierra Nevada's Dreamchaser. We then continue with another satellite coming in for a reentry similar to UARS, except this time it's ROSAT. We finish off our discussions with the Soyuz getting NASA's ok to keep flying as well as a launch this week, for the first time, of a Soyuz from somewhere other than the Baikonour Cosmodrome. We finish off with an interview conducted by Mark with another amazing speaker from the 100 Year Star Ship Symposium, Chantelle Louis. 

For more information on the upcoming Soyuz launch from French Guyana, check outhttp://threelaunchersontheequator.com

For more information on Chantelle Louis and to see her work, visit her website athttp://chantellelouis.com

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gina Herlihy, Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 10/17/2011

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