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The WeMartians Podcast delves into all aspects of the exploration of Mars, including robotic/human spacecraft and rocket engineering, planetary science, astronomy and other upcoming technology. Our episodes are research-supported and feature topical audio clips and special guests.

WeMartians Podcast Jake Robins

    • Natural Sciences
    • 5.0, 12 Ratings

The WeMartians Podcast delves into all aspects of the exploration of Mars, including robotic/human spacecraft and rocket engineering, planetary science, astronomy and other upcoming technology. Our episodes are research-supported and feature topical audio clips and special guests.

    80 – The Summer of Mars

    80 – The Summer of Mars

    The Summer of Mars is here! Three missions are launching to Mars in the next few weeks from three different space agencies. We've got the definitive preview of these missions, from UAE's Mars Hope, to China's Tianwen-1, and of course, NASA's Perseverance Rover. Get caught up on all the facts before you watch the launch!







    Mars Hope







    Mars Hope Unveiled in 2015Hope Probe IntroductionTEDx Talk, Omran Sharaf, Project Manager for Mars HopeTEDx Talk, Sarah Amiri, Project Scientist for Mars HopeLots of Technical Info for the Mission







    Follow Mars Hope







    Mars Hope Twitter (@HopeMarsMission)







    Tianwen-1







    Yinguo-1, the ill-fated first Chinese Mars MissionChina announces Mars Mission in 2016Tianwen-1 CamerasAndrew Jones on WeMartiansTianwen-1 PayloadsLong March 5 Returns to FlightChinese Space and the CoronavirusMore on CoronavirusWan Weixing dies







    Perseverance







    2003 Decadal Survey2013 Decadal SurveyMax-C ConceptNASA pulls out of joint Max-C/ExoMarsNASA announces Mars 2020Mars 2020's Sample Caching System VideoNASA announces Jezero as landing site for Mars 2020MiMi Aung on the Mars HelicopterMars 2020 Cost OverrunsSHERLOC nearly cancelledLaunch slipped from July 17 to July 20Launch slipped from July 20 to July 22Launch slipped from July 22 to July 30Mars 2020 Press KitAll of WeMartians Mars2020 Coverage over the years:10 - Science Meets Engineering on the 2020 Rover (feat. Sarah Milkovich)20 - Mars2020 Candidate Landing Sites48 - Zooming in on Mars (feat. Melissa Rice and Elsa Jensen)52 - Comin' up Jezero (feat. Tim Goudge)77 - Persevering through ATLO (feat. Christina Hernandez)78 - The Quest for a Piece of Mars (feat. Chris Herd)79 - Preparing for a Martian Launch (feat. Tory Bruno)







    Follow Perseverance







    NASA Perseverance Twitter







    Follow Jake & WeMartians







    Website (www.wemartians.com)Patreon (www.patreon.com/wemartians)WeMartians Shop (shop.wemartians.com)Mailing List (https://wemartians.com/signup)Twitter (@we_martians) Jake’s Twitter (@JakeOnOrbit)Off-Nominal PodcastMake Space BetterOrigins: Jim BridenstineMost Recent Episode: 31 - OG LIGO









    Support WeMartians on Patreon









    Help Make Space Better







    Here at Off-Nominal, we've been following the demonstrations against racial inequality and police violence in the United States, Canada, and around the world with concern. These events have highlighted deep problems with how we treat each other in many domains, and space exploration is not exempt.







    While we have been processing this in real-time, it has become obvious that we must do our part and use our platform to speak up against these inequalities and take action to stop them. We have been engaging with our Discord community this past week to come up with a plan.







    Many of these initiatives were developed not just by Jake and Anthony, but in partnership with the Patrons and listeners of our three podcasts. We’re proud that this is a community-led effort. We're also really proud that some of our listeners and colleagues have joined in to make this an even stronger initiative.







    Together, we're putting on a fundraiser to support Black organizations whose missions we believe in.







    All of the sponsors, including Jake and Anthony, will be matching contributions the community makes to both of these organizations through July 10. Jake and Anthony will match up to the total of this month’s revenue from Patreon (WeMartians, MECO), and other sponsors may have different max amounts.







    Thank you for helping us work together to make ...

    • 50 min
    79 – Preparing for a Martian Launch (feat. Tory Bruno)

    79 – Preparing for a Martian Launch (feat. Tory Bruno)

    NASA's Mars2020 Rover is set to launch this summer on an Atlas V rocket from the United Launch Alliance. But it is no trivial payload, and a lot of work goes into preparing a rocket for this kind of journey. ULA's CEO Tory Bruno joins Jake to talk about those preparations as they get close to this historic mission.







    We talk Atlas V and Perseverance







    Atlas V assembly beginsThe Mars2020 WebsiteNASA Perseverance Rover Twitter







    Follow Tory







    Tory on Twitter (@ToryBruno)ULA's WebsiteULA Twitter (@ULALaunch)







    Follow Jake & WeMartians







    Website (www.wemartians.com)Patreon (www.patreon.com/wemartians)WeMartians Shop (shop.wemartians.com)Twitter (@we_martians) Jake’s Twitter (@JakeOnOrbit)Off-Nominal PodcastMost Recent Episode: 30 - There's Always Money in the VAB









    Support WeMartians on Patreon









    Now Available - Season 4 Mission Patches















    Our season 4 mission patches are finally here! Celebrate our 4th season of podcasts with this awesome patch by artist Beth Kerner. We talk all about the design and its elements in our announcement blog post.







    You can get the new patch for $17USD with free shipping. Plus, if you missed last year's patch, you can get both together for just $25USD while supplies last. Both patches are limited print runs so pick it up today and support not only WeMartians but a great independent space artist, too!









    Get your Mission Patch now!









    WeMartians theme music is “RetroFuture” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and arranged by Jake Robins with Public Domain NASA audio and WeMartians interview samples. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 49 min
    78 – The Quest for a Piece of Mars (feat. Chris Herd)

    78 – The Quest for a Piece of Mars (feat. Chris Herd)

    NASA's Mars2020 Rover is set to launch this summer to kick off an intense series of missions set to bring back a sample from Mars. But retrieving these samples is no small task. The University of Alberta's Chris Herd, member of the Project Science Group for the mission, joins Jake to discuss Mars samples and all the challenges that go into getting them home.







    We talk Sample Science for Mars2020 Perseverance







    Chris named to Project Science GroupThe Mars2020 WebsiteNASA Perseverance Rover TwitterMars helicopter named Ingenuity







    Follow Chris







    Chris on Twitter (@SpaceRockDoc)







    Follow Jake & WeMartians







    Website (www.wemartians.com)Patreon (www.patreon.com/wemartians)WeMartians Shop (shop.wemartians.com)Twitter (@we_martians) Jake’s Twitter (@JakeOnOrbit)Off-Nominal PodcastMost Recent Episode: 30 - There's Always Money in the VAB









    Support WeMartians on Patreon









    Now Available - Dragon Worm T-Shirt















    Celebrate NASA's upcoming SpaceX DM-2 flight, which will launch astronauts to the International Space Station from US soil for the first time since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.







    Our new design features the iconic NASA Logotype, the "Worm", which will make a triumphant return on the Falcon 9 rocket for the launch. Pick one up today in the WeMartians Shop.







    WeMartians theme music is “RetroFuture” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and arranged by Jake Robins with Public Domain NASA audio and WeMartians interview samples. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 39 min
    77 – Persevering through ATLO (feat. Christina Hernandez)

    77 – Persevering through ATLO (feat. Christina Hernandez)

    The ATLO phase of a planetary mission (Assembly, Test and Launch Operations) is the most intense of any part of its development. Amid a global pandemic, Perseverance's time at it is even more remarkable. NASA JPL's Christina Hernandez, a systems engineer on the rover team, joins us to talk about what it's like getting a flagship mission out the door and to the launch pad.







    We talk ATLO for Mars2020 Perseverance







    The Mars2020 WebsiteNASA Perseverance Rover Twitter







    Follow Christina







    Christina on Twitter (@estrellasycafe)Astronucelart Instagram Account







    Follow Jake & WeMartians







    Website (www.wemartians.com)Patreon (www.patreon.com/wemartians)WeMartians Shop (shop.wemartians.com)Twitter (@we_martians) Jake’s Twitter (@JakeOnOrbit)Off-Nominal PodcastMost Recent Episode: 29 - Don't Go Full Goldin







    #GoingPro Phase 1 - Complete!







    On January 10th we concluded the first part of the #GoingPro fundraising campaign, and what a tremendous finish it was! With just hours to spare, we crossed the 200 patron milestone in an exciting finish. Missed the whole campaign? Catch up in our blog post explainer!







    There's lots more to do, but for now I want to say THANK YOU. Keep an eye the main feed for the upcoming Ask Me Anything style podcast. It's coming up next!Show your support with a monthly pledge on Patreon!







    Thanks to all the patrons who have come along so far, and to all the new ones ready to join the movement. Ad Ares!









    Support WeMartians on Patreon









    WeMartians theme music is “RetroFuture” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and arranged by Jake Robins with Public Domain NASA audio and WeMartians interview samples. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 36 min
    76 – A New Science Paradigm (feat. Elizabeth Frank)

    76 – A New Science Paradigm (feat. Elizabeth Frank)

    For a long time, planetary science missions have been the exclusive domain of space agencies like NASA. But in the 21st century, things are changing, and commercial actors are increasingly involving themselves not just as suppliers to governments, but as mission leaders themselves. Elizabeth Frank from First Mode joins Jake to talk about a new paradigm for planetary science.







    We talk Government, Industry, and Planetary Science







    Elizabeth's rejected LPSC abstract







    Follow Elizabeth







    Elizabeth on Twitter (@efrankplanetary)Elizabeth's WebsiteFirst Mode







    Follow Jake & WeMartians







    Website (www.wemartians.com)Patreon (www.patreon.com/wemartians)WeMartians Shop (shop.wemartians.com)Twitter (@we_martians) Jake’s Twitter (@JakeOnOrbit)Off-Nominal PodcastMost Recent Episode: 27 - Space Policy Fugue State







    #GoingPro Phase 1 - Complete!







    On January 10th we concluded the first part of the #GoingPro fundraising campaign, and what a tremendous finish it was! With just hours to spare, we crossed the 200 patron milestone in an exciting finish. Missed the whole campaign? Catch up in our blog post explainer!







    There's lots more to do, but for now I want to say THANK YOU. Keep an eye the main feed for the upcoming Ask Me Anything style podcast. It's coming up next!







    Show your support with a monthly pledge on Patreon!







    Thanks to all the patrons who have come along so far, and to all the new ones ready to join the movement. Ad Ares!







    WeMartians theme music is “RetroFuture” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and arranged by Jake Robins with Public Domain NASA audio and WeMartians interview samples. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 49 min
    75 – Virtual LPSC (Part 2)

    75 – Virtual LPSC (Part 2)

    The annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is the premier gathering for planetary scientists worldwide. But, like many events, it was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. We've covered it every year, and despite viral concerns, this year is no different. We speak with six planetary scientists about the work they were going to present by creating a virtual, simulated audio poster session. Stop step in, grab a drink, and learn about some cool space science.







    We Mars Planetary Science and LPSC







    Corbin Kling (@planetarydrone)Abstract on Noctis LabyrinthusJustin Cowart (@jccwrt)Abstract on THEMIS dataPaul Niles (@PBNiles)Abstract on Jarosite formationShoshanna ColeAbstract on MER Data Cataloge-Poster LinkMER Data SurveySzilard Gyalay (@szizygy)Abstract on porosity at InSight's landing sitePeter Fawdon (@DrPFawdon)Abstract on Oxia Planum Crater DatingAbstract on Oxia Planum Landing Site







    Follow Jake & WeMartians







    Website (www.wemartians.com)Patreon (www.patreon.com/wemartians)WeMartians Shop (shop.wemartians.com)Twitter (@we_martians) Jake’s Twitter (@JakeOnOrbit)Off-Nominal PodcastMost Recent Episode: 28 - Don't Sneeze in their Mouths







    #GoingPro Phase 1 - Complete!







    On January 10th we concluded the first part of the #GoingPro fundraising campaign, and what a tremendous finish it was! With just hours to spare, we crossed the 200 patron milestone in an exciting finish. Missed the whole campaign? Catch up in our blog post explainer!







    There's lots more to do, but for now I want to say THANK YOU. Keep an eye the main feed for the upcoming Ask Me Anything style podcast. It's coming up next!







    Show your support with a monthly pledge on Patreon!







    Thanks to all the patrons who have come along so far, and to all the new ones ready to join the movement. Ad Ares!







    WeMartians theme music is “RetroFuture” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and arranged by Jake Robins with Public Domain NASA audio and WeMartians interview samples. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Mel BBY ,

Women in Space

First Podcast of yours I’ve listened to. Well done and loved both the topic and the interview.

Shynobi ,

Great podcast

Keep up the great work.

SpencerCM ,

So Informative!

One of my favorite science pods. So much great information packed into 45 minutes. The host interviews the most engaging and interesting scientists whose work touches, in some way, on Mars and traveling to Mars. There's not a lot of polish here, but that's also the program's charm. It feels like conversations overheard in the kitchens of very smart and very dedicated people.

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