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Publishing monthly, Space Boffins brings you cutting edge conversation and debate about the past, present and future of space science.

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Publishing monthly, Space Boffins brings you cutting edge conversation and debate about the past, present and future of space science.

    Hubble, TRUTHS and space Law

    Hubble, TRUTHS and space Law

    Live at Astrofest 2020, Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham talk to UK Space Agency chief scientist Chris Lee, space law expert Chris Newman and the European Space Agency's Antonella Nota. They discuss Hubble's legacy, the James Webb, legality of lunar ownership, and the impact of hundreds of new satellites. Plus, TRUTHS - the new climate-monitoring mission. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 36 min
    Robot Arms and Space Toilets

    Robot Arms and Space Toilets

    Shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane recounts stories of space sexism, toilets and M and Ms in the first Space Boffins podcast of 2020. We also meet the engineer developing the controls for a new robotic arm for the space station - or 'Man Machine Interface' - and Richard and Sue are joined by science writer Colin Stuart to look ahead to the next year in space. Warning: this podcast features some disturbing audio of a space toilet malfunction. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 41 min
    Glove Actually and the Sew Sisters

    Glove Actually and the Sew Sisters

    Rubber gloves, sew sisters and a mission to the Sun with Space Boffins Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson this month. Richard talks to Solar Orbiter ESA and NASA mission scientists in Munich. Sue reports from the US on the seamstresses to the stars - including Jean Wright, who sewed thermal blankets on the Space Shuttle and Jeanne Wilson, who helped make Neil Armstrong's spacesuit. Plus astronomer Nick Howes on his efforts to track down the Apollo 10 Snoopy lunar lander. Liz Seward from Airbus Defence and Space joins the Space Boffins in the studio and brings along several pairs of gloves used... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    Moving to Mars

    Moving to Mars

    What would a house on Mars look like? Space Boffins Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson tackle the tricky topic of Mars interior design and the challenges of moving to Mars. They're joined by the Head of Science for the UK Space Agency, Chris Lee, to also discuss a new mission to a comet - a comet that's not yet been discovered - and future international science missions. They also hear from Apollo 12 Flight Director, Gerry Griffin, recalling the dramatic launch of Apollo 12 and the switch - and puppet show - that saved the day. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 52 min
    Cosmic Girl - from California to Cornwall

    Cosmic Girl - from California to Cornwall

    Space Boffins Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham visit Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne factory floor in Long Beach, California and Sue heads to Spaceport Cornwall, where Virgin Orbit plans to launch its small satellites from a modified Boeing 747 called Cosmic Girl. Shahida Barick from SSC Space UK joins them in the studio to explain what Sweden has to offer the space industry and there's a tribute to cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, featuring an interview with the world's first spacewalker and an exclusive extract from Audible's The Space Race docudrama. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 44 min
    Boffins on Mars

    Boffins on Mars

    How clean is really clean? This month, as Europe's Rosalind Franklin Mars rover leaves the UK, Space Boffins visit the clean room to discover the effort needed to keep Mars safe from Earth-bugs. With guest NASA Curiosity mission scientist Sanjeev Gupta from Imperial College London, we hear about the two Mars rovers heading to the red planet in 2020 and their search for past or present life. We also go inside the Airstream trailer in California where Apollo astronauts lived after returning from the Moon and there's (yet another) new jingle - can you identify where the clips come from? Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 44 min

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