Episode 409: Launch Madness

On this episode of Talking Space, we discuss a piece aired on the CBS program "60 Minutes" about SpaceX and discuss our thoguhts on that as well as getting test subjects into a seven-person crewed mockup of the Dragon capsule. We then discuss China's plan for a female astronaut, or taikonaut, and when they might fly. We then talk about the FAA's involvement with Virgin Galactic's activities in the Mohave Desert and other private companies. On our second go-around, we discuss some Russian activities going on. We then discuss a look for fossils on Mars. We then discuss how a satellite that was declared lost might not be after all. On our final trip around the table, we learn a little bit about what's going on with NuSTAR and its status. We then move on to a launch of 5 rockets in 5 minutes. Lastly, we talk about Boeing and all-electric spacecrafts.

To see the SpaceX story on 60 Minutes, visit http://cbs.com/60minutes

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

Show Recorded - 3/19/2012

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