3d Printed Building

Ep 55: 3D Printed Buildings – From Earth to Mars: with guest Keegan Kirkpatrick

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Building any type of infrastructure is challenging, whether it be a house or a skyscraper.  The difficulty is only compounded when you are building in the remote desert, a coastal town recently hit by a hurricane, or even an observatory on a high mountain.  In some locations, it is difficult and downright expensive to bring […]

Subglacial Lake

Ep 44: Subglacial Lakes and Life on Frozen Moons – with guest Anja Rutishauser

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Far beneath the Canadian ice cap, isolated from the sun and the wind, lies two entire lakes.  These subglacial lakes, recently discovered by Anja Rutishauser and her team, seem like they shouldn’t exist at all.  For starters, they have a temperature far below the freezing point of water.  This implies that perhaps these lakes are unique […]

space junk

Ep 42: Space Junk, Trash on the Moon, and the Earth’s Copper Ring – with guest Dr. Lisa Ruth Rand

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What happens to old satellites? Or to astronauts’ trash? It turns out that the Earth is surrounded by a sphere of garbage – often referred to as space junk. This consists of everything from bits of frozen coolant, paint flecks, astronauts’ tools, and even a toothbrush. There is no trash collection in space. What happens, […]

space ethics

Ep. 36: Getting a Second Chance: Space Ethics, Mining, and Colonization – with guest Dr. Tony Milligan

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Living among the stars has long been a dream of humanity.  But as we begin to step off this Earth and colonize other planets, many will argue: do we deserve a second chance? With climate change, over-exploitation of natural resources, and man-made ecological problems on this planet, we should stop and wonder – what can […]

Food In Space

Ep. 27: A Slice of Life – with guests Sebastian Marcu and Neil Jaschinski

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Being an astronaut is pretty glamorous – except when it comes to the food.  Food in space isn’t very palatable.  There are many hazards and dangers created by the space environment that put constraints on what astronauts  can eat.  Food needs to be preserved properly.  It is hard to heat up, and sometimes the astronauts […]

India's space program

Ep. 12: Space: East and West – Space, Technology, and Culture with Dr. Susmita Mohanty

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Culture affects many things within our lives – even how we approach considerable ventures such as space exploration.  Today, we talk to Dr. Susmita Mohanty about how the philosophical underpinnings and culture within India’s space program lead to a differing mindset than the space programs in the West. Susmita herself has lived around the world and started businesses on three […]

Ep. 9: The International Space Station and I: The World from Above

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There are humans living and working in space as we speak.  It’s a fact we often forget.  This inspired today’s guest, Liam Kennedy, to invent a computer called the ISS Above (www.issabove.com/), which connects people on Earth with those in space and serves as a reminder of humanity’s potential.  Liam talks about his invention, the […]