Topic

Science

Showing 1 - 10 of 32
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.

Read More about

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.5
Big Iron

favorite
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?). 

Read More about

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

favorite
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.

Read More about

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

favorite
Thu, September 27 2018

AirSpace Ep.14:
Today's Lesson

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

Read More about

AirSpace Ep.14:
Today's Lesson

favorite
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. 

Read More about

AirSpace Ep.13:
Under Pressure

favorite
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). 

Read More about

AirSpace Ep.10:
Happy (Planet) Hunting

favorite
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.

Read More about Stephen Hawking, Explorer of the Universe
favorite
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.

Read More about The Incredible, Still Shrinking Mercury
favorite
Fri, September 16 2016

From "Computer" to Astronomer: The Role of Women in Astronomy

Long before your laptop computer and the computers that took us to the Moon, there was another type of computer. In the early 20th century, women who made calculations and reduced astronomical data were known as “computers.” The hours were long and the pay was minimal. Their calculations, however, laid important groundwork for future astronomers and led to some of the most important astronomical discoveries.

Read More about From "Computer" to Astronomer: The Role of Women in Astronomy
favorite
Tue, August 16 2016

Food & Flight: Harrison Schmitt’s Chili

Harrison “Jack” Schmitt was the first and last geologist to visit the Moon. Below is his secret chili recipe, served best with a side of tortilla chips and some space history. We can’t help with the chips, but we can tell you a little about this chili-making astronaut.

Read More about Food & Flight: Harrison Schmitt’s Chili
favorite

Pages