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Thu, June 27 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.8
Walking on the Moon

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, AirSpace examines what we knew then, what we know now, and what mysteries of lunar science still remain.

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Walking on the Moon

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Mon, May 13 2019

A Shrinking, Tectonically Active Moon

Recent research conducted by the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO) team indicates that moonquakes on our Moon were caused by active lunar faults -- meaning that the Moon is currently tectonically active and that the moonquakes are a result of the shrinking Moon. 

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Thu, May 9 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.5
Big Iron

Scientists believe our planet has a metallic inner core, but we can’t exactly crack it open and check. Instead, NASA is sending a mission to an asteroid named Psyche, which appears to be a nickel-iron planetary core a lot like the one at the center of the Earth.

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Big Iron

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Thu, March 28 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep. 2
Rover R-E-S-P-E-C-T 

AirSpace listeners know that no space mission is complete without a cool name, and there’s no “higher” recognition than having a space probe named in your honor (see what we did there?). 

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Rover R-E-S-P-E-C-T 

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Thu, March 14 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep. 1
Get Off of My Cloud

Welcome to SEASON 2 of AirSpace! We’re back with more stories that defy gravity, and in this exciting episode, we’ll hear about one man’s terrifying ordeal trying to get back down to the ground.

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AirSpace Season 2|Ep. 1
Get Off of My Cloud

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Thu, September 27 2018

AirSpace Ep.14:
Today's Lesson

Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe’s lesson plans fly in space 32 years later. 

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Today's Lesson

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Thu, September 13 2018

AirSpace Ep.13:
Under Pressure

Want to know what it’s like in outer space? Your best bet is under the sea. 

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Under Pressure

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Wed, July 25 2018

AirSpace Ep.10:
Happy (Planet) Hunting

NASA launched TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, on April 18, 2018, continuing our search for planets outside of our solar system (aka exoplanets). 

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Happy (Planet) Hunting

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Fri, March 16 2018

Stephen Hawking, Explorer of the Universe

Renowned theoretical physicist, explorer of the universe, and symbol of human fortitude and perseverance, Stephen William Hawking died on March 14 at the age of 76.

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Wed, September 28 2016

The Incredible, Still Shrinking Mercury

Being a member of a science team of a planetary mission is like being a starter on a major league baseball team—you’re in the game. That’s how I felt as a member of the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. During the final months of MESSENGER’s time in orbit, before the fuel on the spacecraft was expended and crashed on Mercury’s surface, a decision had to be made—keep the spacecraft in its nominal mapping orbit as long as possible or let the spacecraft altitude drift lower to get as close to the planet as possible.

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