17 episodes

Join Astronaut Cady Coleman and scientist/author Andrew Maynard as they explore the unique visions of those working to take us to new worlds.Mission: Interplanetary looks at the big questions, the challenges to overcome, and the opportunities within reach. We talk to the people imagining, designing, and building the future of humans in space. Join us for a glimpse into futures that lie far beyond the bounds of Earth.

Mission: Interplanetary Arizona State University

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    • 4.7 • 38 Ratings

Join Astronaut Cady Coleman and scientist/author Andrew Maynard as they explore the unique visions of those working to take us to new worlds.Mission: Interplanetary looks at the big questions, the challenges to overcome, and the opportunities within reach. We talk to the people imagining, designing, and building the future of humans in space. Join us for a glimpse into futures that lie far beyond the bounds of Earth.

    Are we done searching for intelligent life?

    Are we done searching for intelligent life?

    There may be no question more profound than, “Are we alone in the universe?” Certainly, recent years have seen a lot of energy around looking for signs of primitive life on other worlds—Mars, Europa, Enceladus, even Venus. But microbes, even Martian ones, seem like poor company. What of the search for intelligent life? Are we done with that? Was that just an 80s thing, like shoulder pads? Cady and Andrew talk with legendary pioneer in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Jill Tarter, about the present and future of SETI. Before that, there’s talk of the new Decadal Survey, but not a word about Uranus. Also, hope, coffee, and teenagers at the edge of the universe. Lastly, a heart-y new Sounds of Space from the great folks at SYSTEM Sounds. 
    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Visit our website at missioninterplanetary.com and drop us a line!
    Hosts
    Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard
    Twitter
    Interplanetary Initiative: @II_ASU
    Cady Coleman: @Astro_Cady
    Andrew Maynard: @2020science
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    • 41 min
    What will people do on a private space station?

    What will people do on a private space station?

    As sites for research and potential gateways to the solar system, space stations play a critical role in building positive space futures. But so far, all of these—like Skylab, Mir, the International Space Station (ISS)—were owned and operated by governments. That is changing. In 2021, Blue Origin announced plans to build a private space station: Orbital Reef. What will people do there? How will it be different than previous space stations? Cady and Andrew talk with Blue Origin’s Erika Wagner and Open Lunar’s Jessy Kate Schingler about the future of commercial space platforms. Also, wealthy interns, Cady plays a trick, space underwear, and a new Sounds of Space. 
    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Visit our website at missioninterplanetary.com and drop us a line!
    Hosts
    Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard
    Twitter
    Interplanetary Initiative: @II_ASU
    Cady Coleman: @Astro_Cady
    Andrew Maynard: @2020science
    Erika Wagner: @ad_astra2
    Jessy Kate Schingler: @jessykate
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    • 39 min
    Making Space Accessible Pt. 2

    Making Space Accessible Pt. 2

    The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act changed the lives of millions of people, helping to make public spaces accessible to those with disabilities. But thirty years after this law, space exploration is still a disabling endeavor that excludes too many people. How can we change this? How can we make space inclusive of everyone? In this episode, part 2 of a series, Cady and Andrew talk with Sina Bahram of Prime Access Consulting about his experience aboard AstroAccess’s zero-gravity flight. Sina shares his insights into how to design more inclusive space missions. Also, Axiom’s new mission, holographic doctors (in space!), golden record confusion, black hole foreshadowing, and a new Sounds of Space. 
    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Visit our website at missioninterplanetary.com and drop us a line!
    Hosts
    Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard
    Twitter
    Interplanetary Initiative: @II_ASU
    Cady Coleman: @Astro_Cady
    Andrew Maynard: @2020science
    Sina Bahram: @SinaBahram
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    • 39 min
    Making Space Accessible Pt. 1

    Making Space Accessible Pt. 1

    In the early years of human space exploration, only those with the narrowly-defined and exclusionary “Right Stuff” could be astronauts. Though we’ve come a long way in expanding our ideas of who can go to space, we’re still leaving out so many people because of disabling design decisions. In this episode, Cady and Andrew talk with Ann Kapusta of AstroAccess about how we can make space more accessible for disabled people. Spoiler: the technological barriers are far less challenging than the social and cultural ones. Also, Yuri’s Night, a lot about kicking—Jennifer Lawrence kicking Cady, Cady kicking balls, and Cady and Andrew just kicking it together—and a new Sounds of Space.
    This week’s Sounds of Space comes to us from the folks at ALMA Observatory in Chile. 
    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Visit our website at missioninterplanetary.com and drop us a line!
    Hosts
    Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard
    Twitter
    Interplanetary Initiative: @II_ASU
    Cady Coleman: @Astro_Cady
    Andrew Maynard: @2020science
    Ann Kapusta: @AnnOnAMission
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    • 37 min
    Mars vs. Venus

    Mars vs. Venus

    Mars and Venus are our two nearest planetary neighbors, named after the god of war and the goddess of love, respectively. We have rovers on Mars and new missions planned for Venus. But where should we focus most of our attention? In this episode, we’re out to settle this question once and for all. It’s a Planetary Smackdown. Professional Martian Tanya Harrison of Planet Labs is in the ring for Mars, and Joe O’Roarke, planetary scientist and 2nd rock from the sun advocate, is championing Venus. Two enter. Only one will leave. Place your bets! Also, Cady returns to the ISS and Andrew tries out a new segment: Sounds of Ovaltine.
    This week’s Sounds of Space was created by Domenico Vicinaza of GÉANT. Check out the description here. 
    Hosts
    Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard
    Twitter
    Tanya Harrison: @TanyaOfMars
    Joe O'Roarke: @geoJGO
    Interplanetary Initiative: @II_ASU
    Cady Coleman: @Astro_Cady
    Andrew Maynard: @2020science
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    • 39 min
    Space and climate change

    Space and climate change

    On Mission: Interplanetary, we talk about space exploration as one of humanity’s greatest collective challenges. Another of those challenges is fighting climate change. How do these two overlap? Cady and Andrew talk with Dava Newman, Director of MIT’s Media Lab, whose non-profit Earth DNA uses satellite data to make the reality of our climate emergency legible to people on Earth. It’s a kind of dashboard for our planet! Also, Andrew solves a Rubik’s cube in record time, staying caffeinated, and a new Sounds of Space.
    This week’s Sounds of Space is from the great folks at SYSTEM Sounds.  
    Hosts
    Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard
    Twitter
    Dava Newman: @DavaExplorer
    Interplanetary Initiative: @II_ASU
    Cady Coleman: @Astro_Cady
    Andrew Maynard: @2020science
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

DeeMoCA ,

Absolute favorite podcast on earth

I savor these episodes like a dessert in my listening week. My only issue with them is they’re far too short! Cady and Andrew always seem to have more to say, and ask their guests, than the time they’re allowed. Please extend the series in every way possible.

The Moves ,

Thoughtful Conversations

Love these thoughtful discussions about space. So many insights in every episode. Keep it up!!

2020 Science ,

Compelling space conversations!

… OK I may be biased as I’m a co-host, but the stars of the show are our guests, and the conversations they bring with them brilliantly illuminate the challenges and opportunities of human space exploration

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