46 episodes

Space is for everyone. Listen to casual and non-technical conversations with space professionals, as they tell their part of the space story, and explore how space is also for you!

Space4U Space Foundation

    • Astronomy
    • 5.0, 4 Ratings

Space is for everyone. Listen to casual and non-technical conversations with space professionals, as they tell their part of the space story, and explore how space is also for you!

    Meredith Garofalo – WeatherNation

    Meredith Garofalo – WeatherNation

    In this episode:
    We meet Meredith Garofalo, an award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist who is part of the team at the WeatherNation TV network. She’s also co-chair of the AMS Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness and outreach to promote science education for the community. She has earned a bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Valparaiso University, and a Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.
    In this conversation, Meredith talks about what inspired her to become a meteorologist, how she feels that space is important to her profession, and some of the most challenging aspects of forecasting weather. She also shares how important mentors were in inspiring her to follow her career path, the ways that space weather can affect our weather here on Earth, and she recalls her on-location coverage of severe weather events like Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Debby.
    Discussing the common misconceptions that people have about meteorologists, Meredith says, “Yes, sometimes we’re not going to be right. And a lot of times when we’re not right, we’ll be able to go back and look at what happened and be able to explain, and there are going to be those times where maybe we can’t explain, because it’s an area that we’re still learning stuff from daily.”
    To learn more about WeatherNation visit weathernationtv.com.
    Introductory and closing music: Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/50718 Ft: Miss Judged

    • 35 min
    Jason Held – Saber Astronautics

    Jason Held – Saber Astronautics

    In this episode:
    We meet Jason Held, CEO of Saber Astronautics, a mission control operations software and services company, with locations in Sydney, Australia, and Boulder, Colorado, USA. Prior to founding Saber, Jason was a Major in the U.S. Army's USSTRATCOM (Space Command) during which time he served as an active-duty engineer at Army Space and Missile Command Battle Lab. Later, as a civilian, he wrote flight software for the Hubble Space Telescope and testing for the International Space Station. He has lectured for the IRS Space Station Design Workshop, the University of New South Wales, and the International Space University. He also led a research expedition in the high Canadian Arctic, and he has served on the Australian government's Expert Reference Group designing their space agency.
    In this conversation Jason explains how his passion for space began in childhood, yet he felt space jobs were inaccessible due to his academic struggles. He details how he believes that the perceived hurdles to space jobs can be overcome to achieve the democratization of space. He also discusses the capabilities of Saber's PIGI satellite tracking software, and how Saber partnered with an Australian craft brewery to create a recipe and drinking vessel that allows beer to be consumed in space.
    In describing his feelings about the democratization of space, Jason says, “Space is something that anybody can do. You know, if someone like myself, with the history I had on the academic side can pull into it, I think anybody can... So, the more exposure that you have to it at a young age, the more you’re going to be ready for the markets that are going to come up, and the space jobs that are going to come up in 10 to 20 years’ time.”
    To learn more about Saber Astronautics, visit saberastro.com.
    Introductory and closing music: Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/50718 Ft: Miss Judged

    • 24 min
    Danielle Dallas Roosa – Back to Space

    Danielle Dallas Roosa – Back to Space

    In this episode:
    We meet Danielle Dallas Roosa, Co-Founder & Chief Communications Officer of Back to Space, a transmedia organization aiming to inspire more interest in space, science, and technology among young people. The granddaughter of Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa and daughter of F-16 fighter pilot Jack Roosa, Danielle graduated from UMass Amherst, interning at NASA headquarters, MTV, and Premier PR in London. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting and producing aspirations, and in the last several years she has written and produced several films that have won awards at film festivals nationwide. Danielle created the Back to Space concept to bridge her passions for space and the entertainment industry, and she is currently pitching a Back to Space TV show to major networks.
     
    In this conversation, Danielle talks about how her family history inspired her and influenced her outlook, her internship at NASA working with the Mars Curiosity rover team, her strong belief that there is a place for people of all backgrounds and strengths in the future of space exploration, and also how the idea for Back to Space was born and has evolved since.
     
    Discussing the speeches that Apollo astronauts have given as part of the Back to Space program, Danielle says, “I think that, the Apollo astronauts, when they talk it is an emotional thing. Looking at the Earth from space and looking back, it transforms you. And too, a lot of astronauts talk about how they don’t understand the internal conflict we, as humans, have — because when you’re out there looking back, we’re all humans — that’s all that matters.”
     
    To learn more about Back to Space, visit backtospace.com.
     
    Introductory and closing music: Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/50718 Ft: Miss Judged

    • 37 min
    Jill Johnson and Allen Platek — Tempur-Pedic

    Jill Johnson and Allen Platek — Tempur-Pedic

    In this episode:
    We meet Jill Johnson, Vice President of Brand Management for Tempur-Pedic and Allen Platek, who leads the New Product Development team at Tempur Sealy — companies that apply a NASA-developed technology to their sleep products, and that are Space-Certified through the Space Foundation.
    Jill serves as a senior leader on the company’s marketing team, drawing on her tech and business backgrounds to oversee brand and product strategy across Tempur-Pedic’s premium range of mattresses, adjustable bases, pillows, and toppers. Jill began her tenure at Tempur Sealy as a New Products Program Manager, and over the past decade has served in a range of brand and marketing management positions, helping to bring new sleep solutions to life across the company’s portfolio of brands.  
    Allen leads the New Product Development team at Tempur Sealy with a focus on bringing innovation to each product development cycle across all brands for the company. In his current role, Allen not only runs the New Product Development group, but also the Innovation Office, Analytical Labs, Prototype Labs, and Product Test Labs, overseeing all major product development efforts from product concept phase through commercialization.
    In this conversation, Jill and Allen discuss the backstory on the space technology that the company adapted to improve sleep, some of the science behind how Tempur-Pedic foam works, how the technology has evolved over the years, the broad range of products they now produce using the technology, and the award the company recently received from Popular Science.
    In discussing Tempur Sealy’s approach to their sleep technology Allen says, “Climate research — in much the same way that space exploration is approached — we do it through scientific method and through experimentation. We don’t leave it to chance. And, I believe we’re the only people in the industry that are approaching sleep science this way.”
    To learn more about Tempur-Pedic, visit tempurpedic.com.
    Introductory and closing music: Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/50718 Ft: Miss Judged

    • 30 min
    Paul Lockhart – Former NASA Astronaut

    Paul Lockhart – Former NASA Astronaut

    In this episode:
    We meet Paul Lockhart, U.S. Air Force Colonel (retired) and former NASA astronaut. Spanning his career, Lockhart has served numerous duty assignments worldwide, has logged 5,000-plus flying hours piloting more than 30 aircraft, and has also piloted two space shuttle missions to the International Space Station — STS-111 and STS-113 — both in 2002, aboard Space Shuttle Endeavor. More recently, Paul has written a book called Virtus Adventures and runs a website and blog to promote it. He also does public speaking engagements with school children to inspire an early interest in STEM subjects and space exploration. 
    In this conversation, Paul discusses how he first became interested in space as a child during the dawn of the space age, the skills he had — and the skills he wished he had — when he first became an astronaut, how mentors helped him to achieve his goals, the realities about being an astronaut that most people don’t know about, and how important a person’s character is in achieving their goals. 
    Explaining his thoughts on what he wants people to take away from his public speaking engagements, Paul says, “I want every young person, and even adult that I speak to in the U.S. to understand that we, the United States, sit at a unique position in that we should feel very proud that we have a space program that is respected and revered around the world.” 
    To learn more about Paul’s Virtus Adventures, visit virtusadventures.com.
    Introductory and closing music: Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/50718 Ft: Miss Judged

    • 39 min
    Rachel Lyons – Space for Humanity

    Rachel Lyons – Space for Humanity

    In this episode:
    We meet Rachel Lyons, Executive Director of Space for Humanity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of expanding access to space, training the leaders of tomorrow, and cultivating a movement towards a more harmonious world. Rachel is also a former public radio host, and the former Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Students for the Exploration and Development of Space USA (SEDS), a nonprofit that empowers young people to make an impact in space exploration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering from the University of Miami.
    In this conversation, Rachel discusses how, despite not having an early interest in space, she was inspired to pursue her chosen field of study in college, and the importance of SEDS and how it connects students to the space industry. She also explains the mission of Space for Humanity, its aspirations to get more people to experience what’s known as “the overview effect,” and their webinar series To Space, for Earth.
    Explaining her thoughts on Space for Humanity’s goals of diversity in space travel, Rachel says, “We need to actually live with that understanding that we all share this planet together. So, like I said, we’ll be sponsoring diverse people, not just that very small demographic, to have this experience.”
    To learn more about Space for Humanity, visit spaceforhumanity.org.
    Introductory and closing music: Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/50718 Ft: Miss Judged

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

fernandezf ,

To space and beyond!

What a great way to learn about the wonders of space and the people working in it! The interviewer is well informed and has a genuine love for space and enthusiasm for topics talked about. If space is what you love or your raising the next future astronauts you have to check this out!

Top Podcasts In Astronomy

Listeners Also Subscribed To