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Hear stories about the alien moons orbiting our Sun, of cold stars, and the future of space exploration. Every week, scientist Dr. Carrie Nugent chats about an amazing part of our universe with an expert guest. Spacepod is the podcast that gives you an inside look into space exploration. Learn more: http://listentospacepod.com

Spacepod Carrie Nugent

    • Astronomy
    • 4.9, 302 Ratings

Hear stories about the alien moons orbiting our Sun, of cold stars, and the future of space exploration. Every week, scientist Dr. Carrie Nugent chats about an amazing part of our universe with an expert guest. Spacepod is the podcast that gives you an inside look into space exploration. Learn more: http://listentospacepod.com

    Three lunar water mysteries with Prof. Ehlmann

    Three lunar water mysteries with Prof. Ehlmann

    Prof. Bethany Ehlmann returns to the show to talk about the mission she's leading, Lunar Trailblazer. This low-cost mission will hitch a ride to the moon using the extra space in a large rocket. Once there, it will help scientists learn more about water on the moon.

    • 31 min
    How NASA funding works with Dr. Throop

    How NASA funding works with Dr. Throop

    Many of the discoveries you've heard about on this show were funded by NASA. But how do scientists get money from NASA? Dr. Henry Throop returns to the show to explain how NASA program officers evaluate scientific proposals. This episode was recorded in September 2019.

    • 15 min
    Last alert system with Dr. Denneau

    Last alert system with Dr. Denneau

    Dr. Larry Denneau talks about the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System, or ATLAS. He talks about how asteroid detection is a data processing problem. Every night ATLAS handles about a quarter terabyte of data. He describes how they find a few asteroids among a billion other sources, and tells us about a unique discovery by the program. This episode was recorded in June 2019, which explains the restaurant noises and the talk of air travel.

    • 20 min
    The whole world to a microbe with Prof. Levy

    The whole world to a microbe with Prof. Levy

    Prof Joe Levy talks about his research in the dry valleys of Antarctica. These valleys are dry, irradiated, salty, and cold, which makes them similar to parts of Mars. He explains why planetary scientists get excited about naturally occurring perchlorate. He also describes the changes he's witnessed over several field seasons. This episode was recorded in February 2020, before social distancing measures were recommended.

    • 16 min
    Astronauts on starship Earth with Dr. Gifford

    Astronauts on starship Earth with Dr. Gifford

    Dr. Sheyna Gifford describes the experience of being a simulated Martian astronaut, as part of the HI-SEAS experiment. She talks about the experiment and gives us all tips for staying mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy while living in a confined space with limited contact with the outside world.

    • 25 min
    Searching for outer solar system objects with Dr. Schwamb

    Searching for outer solar system objects with Dr. Schwamb

    Dr. Meg Schwamb tells us about the Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS). She explains why she doesn't just want to find these distant objects, she wants to figure out what they are made of. We also discuss recent interstellar visitors to our solar system.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 Ratings

Kantalope ,

Good stuff

I have many in my feed but I listen to this first.

arlothehero ,

This podcast fuels my art practice.

One of my favorite things to do is binge listen podcasts while I’m working on art in my studio. Spacepod is always my top choice because, I know nothing about astronomy and listening completely captures my curious, conscious brain. Meanwhile, my creative subconscious brain is free to roam. I end up hitting pause often to jot down new ideas or solutions to conceptual and technical problems that usually have nothing to do with space.

Additionally, I am so into the community Carrie is building around this podcast and the mass of information being made available to non-scientists like me. Her warmth and friendly demeanor makes the whole thing that much more enjoyable.

Thanks for enhancing my art practice Carrie!
🪐💙☄️

Ralph_MB ,

Real Astronomers Talking Tech But Easy to Understand

Real astronomers, engineers, physicists, and other scientists discussing their work in terms that the public can follow. I enjoy some of the details, like astronomers needing to know programming so that they can do image analysis, or the automated fault protection and correction work that went into the Cassini Probe. Very easy to listen to and follow.

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