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Spacepod

Hear stories about the alien moons orbiting other planets, of cold stars, and the future of space exploration. Every week, Dr. Carrie Nugent chats about an amazing part of our universe with a scientist or engineer. Spacepod is the podcast that gives you an inside look into space exploration and astronomy.
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Dec 27, 2015

The New Horizons mission revealed Pluto's jaw-dropping vistas and geophysical mysteries. One listener wanted to know why the spacecraft didn't go into orbit around Pluto. Tom Spilker, interplanetary travel expert, tells us the answer.

Dec 20, 2015

In part 2, engineers who worked on the Galileo probe discuss what it was like when the probe entered Jupiter's atmosphere. This episode includes a bonus story about Pioneer Venus.

Dec 13, 2015

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the successful deployment of a probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, this episode is a series of interviews with the engineers who worked on this challenging, historic mission.

Dec 6, 2015

Dr. George Privon talks about what galaxies are and what happens when two galaxies merge.

Nov 29, 2015

Dr. Dan Petrizzo explains what isotopes are, and what isotopes in water can tell scientists about ancient climates. He also explains how he made Mars rocks in the lab.

Nov 22, 2015

Professor Amy Lovell talks about listening in on radio waves coming from comets, as well as the particular challenges of using the world's biggest radio telescopes.

Nov 15, 2015

Professor Bethanny Ehlmann discusses how to pick a landing site for NASA's next Mars rover, Mars 2020. Over a particularly good beer, we also cover looking for life on Mars, and she answers the thorny question: why look for life on Mars, which has little

Nov 8, 2015

Dr Bonnie Buratti talks about Pluto's big mystery: What is the source of energy that is causing all the active geology seen by New Horizons?

Nov 1, 2015

Dr. Jessica Watkins talks about enormous landslides on Mars that are millions of years old.

Oct 25, 2015

Dr. Michael Busch talks about the strange, low gravity surfaces of asteroids, and the challenges a visiting astronaut might face.

Oct 18, 2015

Dr. Britney Schmidt tells us about how she can learn about they icy, watery moon Europa by exploring giant Antarctic ice shelves with submarines.

Oct 11, 2015

Dr Jeff Rich talks about where elements come from, and the famous phrase, "We are all made of star stuff".

Oct 4, 2015

Dr. Linda Spilker discusses the Cassini Spacecraft; what it looks like, what it has discovered, and plans for the conclusion of the mission.

Sep 27, 2015

Emily Lakdawalla talks about UnmannedSpaceflight.com, a place where everyday people explore the solar system by processing images from robotic spacecraft.

Sep 20, 2015

Dr. Amy Mainzer discusses how she and her team calculated how many asteroids are out in space, waiting to be discovered.

Sep 13, 2015

Dr. Barbara Cohen discusses craters on our moon, and how they will be explored by a new NASA mission called Lunar Flashlight.

Sep 6, 2015

Dr Paddack, one of the discoverers of the YORP effect, tells some funny stories from his time at NASA.

Aug 30, 2015

Brent Barbee discusses how he figures out which asteroids astronauts could fly to, and the fun of solving problems using computers.

Aug 23, 2015

Dr. Nancy Chabot tells us about the MESSENGER mission, which explored the closest planet to the sun.

Aug 16, 2015

Rob Landis talks about operating the Hubble Space Telescope, and the time he had a front-row seat to a dramatic interplanetary collision.

Aug 9, 2015

Dr. Kirkpatrick talks about stars so cold you could touch them without getting burned.

Aug 2, 2015

Dr. Sarah Noble talks about the LADEE mission and an epiphany she had in graduate school.

Aug 2, 2015

Dr. Abby Fraeman talks about Phobos and Deimos, the mysterious moons of Mars.

Aug 2, 2015

Dr. Joseph Masiero talks about the "secret" property of light, and how astronomers use it to learn about exoplanets and asteroids.

Aug 2, 2015

On this week's episode, Dr. Morgan Cable of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory talks about Saturn's moon Titan, and how she creates mini Titan lakes in her laboratory.

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