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Dr. Niamh Shaw is a writer/performer, scientist and award-winning communicator with a mad passion for sharing space with the public. She is on a quest to get to space and chats with people that she has met along her journey so far (in getting to space), people from many parts of the world, people who have inspired her, people who have achieved incredible great things in their life, and people who want to change the world. The conversation is warm, curious and deeply human, as they explore together what drives us to be the people we need to be.

Humans of Space Dr. Niamh Shaw

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Dr. Niamh Shaw is a writer/performer, scientist and award-winning communicator with a mad passion for sharing space with the public. She is on a quest to get to space and chats with people that she has met along her journey so far (in getting to space), people from many parts of the world, people who have inspired her, people who have achieved incredible great things in their life, and people who want to change the world. The conversation is warm, curious and deeply human, as they explore together what drives us to be the people we need to be.

    Ep. 12 Soyeon Yi- South Korea's first Astronaut

    Ep. 12 Soyeon Yi- South Korea's first Astronaut

    In this season finale, it's apt that we end with another astronaut. I speak with Soyeon Yi, South Korea's only astronaut who flew to the International Space Station for 10 days in 2008. A biotechnologist by training, she applied to astronaut selection as an afterthought, and was soon selected as the back-up to primary astronaut candidate Ko San. But a month before launch, Ko was swapped out and on April 8th 2008 Soyeon launched to the Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan. After her 10 day science mission, she returned to Earth joined by ISS crew members Peggy Whitson (NASA) and Yuri Malenchenko (Roscosmos). Due to a malfunction with the Soyuz vehicle, the craft followed a ballistic re-entry which subjected the crew to severe gravitational forces up to 10 times the amount experienced on Earth. Soyeon's energy and enthusiasm are infectious, she is a fantastic role model for young girls everywhere to commit fully to every activity you engage in. She motivates me always and I'm sure you will enjoy and learn from her story in this last episode of 'Humans of Space'. If you're enjoying 'Humans of Space', support Niamh's work in bringing human stories of science and space to the public. From as little as €1.99 become a patron of her work at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NiamhShaw Humans of Space was produced by Catherine Cunning and Mark Gardener of Ox4 Studios, Oxford and music by Tom Beasley. To find out more, and to subscribe for further episodes, go to www.niamhshaw.ie for further details.  Follow Niamh on Twitter & Instagram at @dr_niamh_shaw.  Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third-party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Humans of Space podcast is clearly and accurately provided. 

    • 46 min
    Episode 11. Barbara Imhof- Austrian Space Architect, Creator of Habitats, Designer

    Episode 11. Barbara Imhof- Austrian Space Architect, Creator of Habitats, Designer

    Barbara Imhof is that perfect blend of artist and logical, which compliments her passion for space architecture. She has the capability to take the conversation in any direction. There aren't many artists in the space sector and Barbara articulates so well the necessity to include the humanities within all future human space missions. As well as being an internationally active space architect, design researcher and educator, Barbara is co-founder and CEO of LIQUIFER Systems Group, an interdisciplinary team comprising engineers, architects, designers and scientists.  If you're enjoying 'Humans of Space', support Niamh's work in bringing human stories of science and space to the public. From as little as €1.99 become a patron of her work at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NiamhShaw Humans of Space was produced by Catherine Cunning and Mark Gardener of Ox4 Studios, Oxford and music by Tom Beasley. To find out more, and to subscribe for further episodes, go to www.niamhshaw.ie for further details.  Follow Niamh on Twitter & Instagram at @dr_niamh_shaw.  Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third-party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Humans of Space podcast is clearly and accurately provided. 

    • 34 min
    Ep. 10: Fabio Teixeira- Brazilian, Space Entrepreneur, Big Thinker with a deep social conscience

    Ep. 10: Fabio Teixeira- Brazilian, Space Entrepreneur, Big Thinker with a deep social conscience

    Fabio Teizeira is a highly motivated big thinker with a genuine desire to make the world a better place through business and the technologies afforded by space. CEO of Hypercubes, he is applying satellite imaging to combat climate change. We met back in 2015 on the Space Studies Programme and I instantly knew that this guy was going to make a positive lasting change on our planet. I hope you enjoy our conversation.  If you're enjoying 'Humans of Space', support Niamh's work in bringing human stories of science and space to the public. From as little as €1.99 become a patron of her work at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NiamhShaw Humans of Space was produced by Catherine Cunning and Mark Gardener of Ox4 Studios, Oxford and music by Tom Beasley. To find out more, and to subscribe for further episodes, go to www.niamhshaw.ie for further details.  Follow Niamh on Twitter & Instagram at @dr_niamh_shaw.  Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third-party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Humans of Space podcast is clearly and accurately provided. 

    • 35 min
    Ep.9: Kalle and Mazdak co-founders of Finnish company Space nation who provide astronaut adventures

    Ep.9: Kalle and Mazdak co-founders of Finnish company Space nation who provide astronaut adventures

    Kalle, a pig farmers son, former military trainer and private sector educator and Mazdak, an Iranian refugee and award-winning film director have been friends for many years. And it was a conversation they had one day in passing that began their dream to establish Spacenation, a company that describes itself as 'A movement, a philosophy, a universal community creating transformational astronaut adventures'I met them in Moscow in 2017, when we experienced together the Zero Gravity parabolic flight. Their vision and understanding of the societal benefits of human space exploration resonated with me. Their story of building the company together, their friendship and shared ideals to leave a lasting legacy on the world is shared with me with humility and wonder. And then of course, there is the word 'nonin', which will always remind me of Kalle and Mazdak. I hope you enjoy our conversation.  If you're enjoying 'Humans of Space', support Niamh's work in bringing human stories of science and space to the public. From as little as €1.99 become a patron of her work at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NiamhShaw Humans of Space was produced by Catherine Cunning and Mark Gardener of Ox4 Studios, Oxford and music by Tom Beasley. To find out more, and to subscribe for further episodes, go to www.niamhshaw.ie for further details.  Follow Niamh on Twitter & Instagram at @dr_niamh_shaw.  Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third-party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Humans of Space podcast is clearly and accurately provided. 

    • 43 min
    Ep 8. Josh Richards, Physicist, Explosives Engineer, Soldier, Cave diver, Comedian, Mars One Astronaut Candidate

    Ep 8. Josh Richards, Physicist, Explosives Engineer, Soldier, Cave diver, Comedian, Mars One Astronaut Candidate

    Josh has been pushing himself to the limits pretty much all of his life. He's been a British commando, worked in bomb disposal in the Australian army, a stand-up comedian, then a Mars One astronaut candidate and most recently a cave diver, and in all of that, he's been avidly writing about his experiences. I met him back in 2014 while I was embarking on my own space quest and we've remained friend ever since. Brutally honest in all his dealings, Josh seeks out extremes of living, and when mastered, moves on the next challenge. He lives a life that is unique to him and his priorities, which is to be commended. At his core, he is artist and explorer with a keen desire to help others, even at the mercy of his own well-being. His second self-published book 'Cosmic Nomad' launched Sept 17th.  If you're enjoying 'Humans of Space', support Niamh's work in bringing human stories of science and space to the public. From as little as €1.99 become a patron of her work at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NiamhShaw Humans of Space was produced by Catherine Cunning and Mark Gardener of Ox4 Studios, Oxford and music by Tom Beasley. To find out more, and to subscribe for further episodes, go to www.niamhshaw.ie for further details.  Follow Niamh on Twitter & Instagram at @dr_niamh_shaw.  Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third-party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Humans of Space podcast is clearly and accurately provided. 

    • 31 min
    Ep. 7 Paul Dye, NASA's longest serving human space flight director, pilot, engineer & writer

    Ep. 7 Paul Dye, NASA's longest serving human space flight director, pilot, engineer & writer

    Paul Dye has over 40 years of aviation experience as an engineer, builder and pilot. And as a writer, he's also a terrific communicator. His love of flying machines dates back to early childhood, and he became involved with full-sized aircraft as a teenager. He worked in increasingly responsible roles within the US Manned Space Program at NASA both as a technical expert in spacecraft systems and eventually as the overall lead of many human missions to space. 'Ironflight' retired from NASA in 2013 as the longest-serving Flight Director in U.S. history. His ability to share the world of mission control at NASA Johnson Space Centre is quite brilliant. A fascinating guest, Paul recently published his memoir 'Shuttle, Houston' from Hachette books. Well worth the read. If you're enjoying 'Humans of Space', support Niamh's work in bringing human stories of science and space to the public. From as little as €1.99 become a patron of her work at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NiamhShaw Humans of Space was produced by Catherine Cunning and Mark Gardener of Ox4 Studios, Oxford and music by Tom Beasley. To find out more, and to subscribe for further episodes, go to www.niamhshaw.ie for further details.  Follow Niamh on Twitter & Instagram at @dr_niamh_shaw.  Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third-party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Humans of Space podcast is clearly and accurately provided.    

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