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.
Flight Director Gene Kranz
Today we have another instalment of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet. The guide is our exploration of spaceflight, the challenges that have been overcome in getting there, and the people who overcame them. Today's focus, a young engineer named Gene Kranz who would later become the NASA Apollo Flight Director, and who famously said of the rescue of Apollo 13, "failure is not an option."
Sarah Gallagher Thinks Big
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.
Wernher von Braun - The First Terranaut
In the latest instalment of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet, Iain talks about the first Terranauts. In this multi-episode track, Iain first discusses Wernher von Braun who could be considered the first Terranauts. von Braun's life and story is a complicated one. His work, which started in earnest in Germany shortly before World War II led to the first rockets that sent humans to space.
Designing a Space Station and Other Stories
Welcome to the Terranauts first episode of Season 2. On this episode we talk to long time Terranaut Colleen Merchant who worked on the international team that designed and built the Space Station and the international flight control team that continues to support it on orbit today.
Her career has taken her from the Tropical heat of Houston summers to the frozen wasteland of Saint-Hubert, Quebec in January. She has worked for both NASA and the Canadian Space Agency in roles ranging from purely technical, to leading teams to strategic planning at the national level. She has developed new rendezvous procedures for the space shuttle and spent many hours in Mission Control watching those procedures play out on orbit.
About Season 2: This year on Terranauts we're going to offer a mix of interviews with Terranauts, people who go to space all the time without leaving the planet. In addition to our interviews we're also planning regular installments of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet where we explore the history of humankind's adventures off the planet.
- Please support Terranauts on Patreon.
Best of - Apollo 13 and Stan Rogers in Tales From Mission Control
As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts" episodes. This is our Summer Series Best of episode 4, Apollo 13 and Stan Rogers in Tales From Mission Control.
The latest Terranauts podcast happens to be the 13th episode and it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission. So naturally Iain provides a unique and insightful look at the mission.
Best of - Tales from Mission Control
As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts" episodes. This is our Summer Series Best of episode 3, Tales from Mission Control. Host Iain Christie takes you on a journey through Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control Center during the 90’s with the first part of a this new series, Tales from Mission Control.