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Publishing monthly, Space Boffins brings you cutting edge conversation and debate about the past, present and future of space science.

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    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

Publishing monthly, Space Boffins brings you cutting edge conversation and debate about the past, present and future of space science.

    Flowers in Space

    Flowers in Space

    Gardeners of the Galaxy podcast host Emma Doughty discusses the challenges and joys of growing flowers, chillies and vines (for wine!) in space. Sue and Richard also chat to self-confessed space nerd John Chinner about the Astro Pi computers on the International Space Station, 3-D printed rovers and the best (space) movie ever made. Plus, Richard ventures out to a real control room tracking the progress of an innovative new space debris removal mission, currently in orbit around the Earth... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 52 min
    James Webb and astronaut Jessica Meir

    James Webb and astronaut Jessica Meir

    ESA's senior science advisor Mark McCaughrean joins Space Boffins Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham to enthuse about the most powerful space telescope ever built. And NASA astronaut Jessica Meir discusses coming back from the ISS to a world in the grip of Covid-19, her first all women space walk, and her preparations as part of the Artemis astronaut corps. Plus new CEO of the UK Space Agency, Paul Bate, on the UK's continued success within the space industry. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 1 hr 11 min
    BepiColombo lobster eyes and Apollo legends

    BepiColombo lobster eyes and Apollo legends

    After BepiColombo's recent flyby of Mercury, Space Boffins Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson hear from the University of Leicester's Dr Charly Feldman about its onboard lobster eye optics and their increasing use in new spacecraft. They're also joined by the UK Space Agency's Liz Cox on the importance of space when it comes to climate change, and the legendary NASA engineer Jerry Woodfill - whose career there is 55 years and counting - talks about Apollo 1 and Apollo 10. And, yes, there are plenty of Snoopy references! Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 45 min
    Europe leads the space station

    Europe leads the space station

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    • 54 min
    Space Station Commander

    Space Station Commander

    Shuttle pilot and International Space Station Commander, Terry Virts, chats to Space Boffins about flying the Shuttle, commanding the ISS, photographing the Earth...and UFOs. And after the triumphant flight of Wally Funk, Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham are joined by space reporter and commercial spaceflight expert, Sarah Cruddas, to talk about space tourism and space entrepreneurs. But will the price of spaceflight ever come down so the rest of us can afford it? Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 54 min
    Wally Funk Heads for Space

    Wally Funk Heads for Space

    On the 10th anniversary of Space Boffins, BBC Science and Space Correspondent Jonathan Amos comes aboard to celebrate Mercury 13 legend Wally Funk as she prepares to launch to space with Jeff Bezos. We also catch up on ten years of space developments, chat to ESA's project scientist for the JUICE mission to Jupiter's icy moons, Olivier Witasse, and celebrate Apollo 15 with an epic montage featuring astronaut Al Worden. Here's to the next ten years! Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

cadetpaquette ,

Excellent Space podcast

Interesting news about space, good interviews with experts in the field, and a good amount of humor mixed in. Only request: more than once a month!

TomUSAZ ,

Someone is thinking about man in space

I have enjoyed listening to a few podcasts that I found by chance and now I've subscribed. The interview of Gene Cernan was terrific and they have had updates on the Rosetta mission.

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