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A journey to the stars doesn’t just begin at the launchpad. Discover new worlds through epic stories told by scientists on missions to outer space.

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A journey to the stars doesn’t just begin at the launchpad. Discover new worlds through epic stories told by scientists on missions to outer space.

    First Steps: Sojourner - S4E2

    First Steps: Sojourner - S4E2

    NASA’s first rover on Mars was a cute little bundle of robotic joy. Many thought it was likely to fail. Instead, Sojourner revolutionized how we explore Mars, and marked the start of 25 years of Mars rover adventures.

    Driven to Mars - S4E1

    Driven to Mars - S4E1

    Episode one launches with Jennifer Trosper in the driver’s seat. As she looks in the rearview mirror at twenty-five years of exploring with NASA’s Mars rovers, she reveals how their progression has kept pace with milestones in her life.

    Season 4 Preview: Mars Rovers

    Season 4 Preview: Mars Rovers

    In the fourth season of “On a Mission” we’ll be transported to the Red Planet with all five of NASA’s Mars rovers.

    Season 3, Episode 10: A Voyager’s View of Earth

    Season 3, Episode 10: A Voyager’s View of Earth

    The Voyager 1 spacecraft has traveled farther away from Earth than any human-made object. Candy Hansen and David Grinspoon talk about the Voyager mission, and its humbling perspective of our planet as a tiny blue dot in the blackness of space.

    Season 3, Episode 9: Life Bound

    Season 3, Episode 9: Life Bound

    We hike in the Australian Outback with Abigail Allwood to visit the most ancient fossils on Earth, and track the imprint of life over space and time with David Grinspoon.

    Season 3, Episode 8: Fueled by Fire

    Season 3, Episode 8: Fueled by Fire

    From fires in outer space to raging wildfires on Earth, fire experts Gary Ruff and Natasha Stavros reveal how fingers of flame reach out around our world.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
663 Ratings

663 Ratings

Santi & Maggi ,

Loved EPISODE 10

Thanks so muchh for these great podcasts… they’re priceless.

I’d like to know if astronauts have notice a new perspective about life on earth after their missions… I mean in their regular day-to-day activities… like of they sometimes just look up the sky and remember things from space

pocklepeter ,

Phenomenal

Simply inspiring, fascinating, and well told. For me, this podcast just highlights the incredible abilities, instincts, and natural curiosity of humans which is often forgotten or easily shadowed. I just love this - it gives me zest for life.

you-zer1 ,

Production suggestion

Yay, new season! To the engineer if you are using a de-esser on the narrator’s voice, maybe raise the threshold?

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