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When most people think about space they think of astronauts, names like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Chris Hadfield are familiar to an awful lot of people. But for every astronaut that makes it to space there are legions of smart, dedicated, and interesting people who plan, design, build and operate the mission, spacecraft and instruments that make up the space program. Terranauts is about those people. The ones that go to space all the time, without ever leaving the planet. These are their stories. Visit our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/TerranautsPodcast
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When most people think about space they think of astronauts, names like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Chris Hadfield are familiar to an awful lot of people. But for every astronaut that makes it to space there are legions of smart, dedicated, and interesting people who plan, design, build and operate the mission, spacecraft and instruments that make up the space program. Terranauts is about those people. The ones that go to space all the time, without ever leaving the planet. These are their stories. Visit our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/TerranautsPodcast
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    Just Call Me Robo - Part 2

    Just Call Me Robo - Part 2

    In this episode I continue my conversation with three Terranauts who have all worked in Mission Control of the International Space Station as callsign ROBO - responsible for the operation of the International space Station's robotic arm.  They have been witness too, and participants in some amazing events and some truly significant changes in the way mission control is done.
    This is part 2 of the interview, if you haven't listened to part 1, I would suggest you do that before listening to this episode. Thanks to Mathieu Caron, Danielle Cormier and Tim Braithwaite for joining me for this interview.

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    • 31 min
    Just Call Me Robo - Part 1

    Just Call Me Robo - Part 1

    In this episode we continue our series on the evolution of Mission Control. Last time, I talked about my experience walking into Mission Control in the middle of the Space Shuttle program and at the end of the era of the Apollo control centre as it was about to make a transition to the Space Station era.
    Today we talk to three Terranauts who have been around for that transition and who continue to work on the International Space Station in various ways. They have all worked in Mission Control and have been witness to and participants in some amazing events and some truly significant changes in the way mission control is done. Thanks to Mathieu Caron, Danielle Cormier and Tim Braithwaite for joining me for this interview.

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    • 27 min
    A Moment in Time

    A Moment in Time

    In this episode of Terranauts we explore the world of NASA's Mission Control Centre as it was in 1995. At that time, Mission Control was still being performed out of the same building and the same control room as it had been since 1964 when control of manned spaceflight missions had moved from Cape Canaveral to the Manned Space Center in Houston. This was the building from which NASA had gone to the moon. Over the course of 30 years many of the details had changed, but a lot had also stayed the same. But change was coming in the form of a new control centre, new technologies and new partnerships and ways of getting to and staying in space. But today we will take a moment to see what the world of Mission Control looked like, when I spent my first working shift there in February 1995.
    Resources for this episode:
    "Failure Is Not An Option", Gene Kranz, Simon &Shuster, New York, NY, 2000
    "Shuttle Mission Control Flight Controller Stories and Photos, 1981-1992", Marianne Dyson, 2021

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    From Flight Test to Mission Control

    From Flight Test to Mission Control

    Welcome back to season 3 of Terranauts. Today's episode is the first in a series of episodes looking at how the advent of the International Space Station changed how we go to space. The series will culminate in a conversation with some Terranauts who have been working as ISS flight controllers for the past 20 years. They have seen and lived this transformation up close. But before we get to that conversation we need some context. So today we actually go back to the early days of aircraft flight testing to see where many of the techniques and much of the culture of spacecraft mission control came from.
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    • 27 min
    Season 3 Update

    Season 3 Update

    Season 3 is almost here ...
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    Best of Season 2 - Sarah Gallagher Thinks Big

    Best of Season 2 - Sarah Gallagher Thinks Big

    Season 2 has come to close and until Season 3 starts in September were playing some of our most popular episodes from the past year. 
    Meet Terranaut Sarah Gallagher, Science Advisor to the President of the Canadian Space Agency, professor at Western University in London, Ontario, and supermassive black holes and galaxy researcher.

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    • 29 min

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