99 episodes

Whether you work in the Space industry or dreamed about becoming an astronaut as a kid, we all have some sort of a connection to Space.

Space enthusiast, Ben Gamble, brings you a weekly podcast all about Space. Although Ben currently works in events and hospitality, he has always had an interest in the Space industry. As a preliminary jump into the Space world, Ben created this podcast to explore what goes on in the industry with the dream of launching his own Space tech company later in life.

Ben hopes to connect people of all ages and encourage them to get involved in Space. AstroBen will be a podcast to empower Space enthusiasts, as well as discussing difficult topics. From rockstars to CEO's, astronomers to actors, expect to hear from diverse perspectives all with the shared obsession with the stars!

The Astro Ben Podcast Ben Gamble

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    • 5.0 • 46 Ratings

Whether you work in the Space industry or dreamed about becoming an astronaut as a kid, we all have some sort of a connection to Space.

Space enthusiast, Ben Gamble, brings you a weekly podcast all about Space. Although Ben currently works in events and hospitality, he has always had an interest in the Space industry. As a preliminary jump into the Space world, Ben created this podcast to explore what goes on in the industry with the dream of launching his own Space tech company later in life.

Ben hopes to connect people of all ages and encourage them to get involved in Space. AstroBen will be a podcast to empower Space enthusiasts, as well as discussing difficult topics. From rockstars to CEO's, astronomers to actors, expect to hear from diverse perspectives all with the shared obsession with the stars!

    Dr Eiman Jahangir: Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University and the Director of the Sections of General Cardiology and Cardio-Oncology. He's also going to space with MoonDAO!

    Dr Eiman Jahangir: Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University and the Director of the Sections of General Cardiology and Cardio-Oncology. He's also going to space with MoonDAO!

    In episode 99, we had the privilege of hearing the remarkable journey of Dr. Eiman Jahangir, Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University and aspiring astronaut. From being a finalist for NASA's Astronaut Candidate program to winning a ticket to space through a raffle with MoonDAO, Dr. Jahangir's story is a testament to the power of persistence and the limitless possibilities of space exploration. Winning a ticket to space from over 2,200 participants, his journey serves as an inspiring reminder that dreams can indeed take flight. Tune in to hear more about his extraordinary adventures and the exciting future that lies ahead.
    OUTLINE:
    Here’s approximate timestamps for the episode.
    00:00 Introduction to
    00:49 Lucky Numbers!
    01:40 MoonDao and how it will get Eiman to Space
    06:50 How Eiman entered the raffle
    08:40 Navigating Crypto
    11:10 Applying for NASA
    15:24 Space Tourism - health barriers
    18:33 Phycological impact on Space Tourism
    22:10 Analogue astronaut experiences
    23:44 Blue Origin timeline and launch prep
    25:50 Personal aspirations for the experience
    29:52 Wrap Up and Socials
    Connect with Dr Eiman Jahangir:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DrEJahangir
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drejahangir
    X: https://twitter.com/DrEJahangir
    Stay connected with us!
    Use #Astroben across various social media platforms to engage with us!
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/@astrobenpodcast
    Website: www.astroben.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astrobenpodcast/
    X: https://twitter.com/Gambleonit
    Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@astrobenpodcast
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/astrobenpodcast/

    • 30 min
    Andrew Parris: Former NASA contractor and President of The Inspired 24

    Andrew Parris: Former NASA contractor and President of The Inspired 24

    In Episode 98, Ben speaks with Andrew Parris, a space industry veteran who worked at NASA for over a decade. Andrew shares captivating stories from his time with the Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, including his travels to Moscow and the Baikonur Cosmodrome. He also discusses his transition into commercial spaceflight and space communication, highlighting his work with innovative space organizations like The Inspired 24, Uplift Aerospace's Space+, and Axiom Space. Join the conversation to explore Andrew's fascinating journey through space exploration, mentorship, and his ongoing commitment to democratizing space for everyone.
    OUTLINE:
    Here’s approximate timestamps for the episode.
    00:58 Intro to Andrew
    01:30 Andrew’s Space Origin Moment
    03:08 Working for NASA
    08:48 Inspiration 4 and Inspired 24
    11:42 The work of Inspired 24
    15:30 World View - Andrews Path to Space?
    19:00 Importance of building a crew on Earth
    20:01 The Overview Effect
    23:45 Maximising Overview Effect through Photo’s/video
    26:14 Time Management
    30:20 Predictions for Space Tourism Industry
    32:30 Breaking News
    32:35 Wrap Up and Socials
    Connect with Andrew Parris:
    Website: https://theinspired24.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_inspired_24/
    X: https://twitter.com/aparrisx
    Stay connected with us!
    Use #Astroben across various social media platforms to engage with us!
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/@astrobenpodcast
    Website: www.astroben.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astrobenpodcast/
    X: https://twitter.com/Gambleonit
    Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@astrobenpodcast
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/astrobenpodcast/

    • 34 min
    Dr. Michaela Musilova: Astrobiologist, Speaker, Analog Astronaut and Author.

    Dr. Michaela Musilova: Astrobiologist, Speaker, Analog Astronaut and Author.

    In Episode 97, join us as we journey into the world of astrobiology and space exploration with Dr. Michaela Musilova. Michaela has been the Commander of over 30 simulated missions to the Moon and Mars, in collaboration with NASA and many international organizations. She is currently Global Faculty at the International Space University, Ambassador for Space ScAvengers and the Head of Research of NEEDRONIX. As an astrobiologist and analog astronaut from Slovakia, Dr. Musilova shares insights into her groundbreaking research and the importance of diversity within teams. Discover her visionary project, Astro Seven Summits, and how she's breaking barriers in space exploration right here on Earth!
    OUTLINE:
    Here’s approximate timestamps for the episode.
    00:52 Into to Michaela Musilova
    01:10 The Eclipse
    03:25 Astro Seven Summits Project
    06:18 Hi Seas
    13:44 How would we ACTUALLY live on Mars?
    22:02 Selecting teams
    26:42 Lessons learnt
    34:35 Science communication
    35:10 Michaela’s story
    40:30 Where are the Aliens?
    43:46 Wrap Up & Socials
    Connect with Dr. Michaela Musilová:
    Website: https://michaelamusilova.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astro_michaela
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/astroMichaela/
    X: https://twitter.com/astro_Michaela
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-michaela-musilova/
    Support Astro Seven Summits: https://chuffed.org/project/astrosevensummits
    Stay connected with us!
    Use #Astroben across various social media platforms to engage with us!
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/@astrobenpodcast
    Website: www.astroben.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astrobenpodcast/
    X: https://twitter.com/Gambleonit
    Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@astrobenpodcast
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/astrobenpodcast/
     

    • 45 min
    Kalpana Pot: Actor, writer, host, and science communicator

    Kalpana Pot: Actor, writer, host, and science communicator

    Kalpana Pot is an actor, writer, host, and science communicator. She’s appeared in numerous national commercials and TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Hot in Cleveland, and Days of Our Lives to name a few, runs popular space-based social media pages, and is a published author. Her latest book, Spaced Out: A Casual Approach to the Cosmos is a general overview of all things space-related mixed with a sense of humour. Her ultimate goal in Hollywood is to help mitigate the recent rise in anti-science by bridging her two loves of storytelling and science. 
    OUTLINE:
    Here’s approximate timestamps for the episode.
    00:43 Into to Kalpana Pot
    04:00 Things getting sweary and definitly not conspiratorial!
    05:28 Debunking conspiracies
    10:10 “Truth” on Social Media
    11:33 Spaced Out: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spaced-Out-Casual-Approach-Cosmos/dp/B0CPCKJ4PX?source=ps-sl-shoppingads-lpcontext&ref_=fplfs&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
    14:20 Hollywood telling Space Stories on Forgotten Women in STEM
    18:00 How accurate is film making in explaining relativity?
    20:45 The James Web Space Telescope - Importance of Imagery
    23:42 Taxpayer Value
    24:24 Big Bang age
    27:00 The Screenplay!
    31:50 Wrap Up and Socials
    Connect with Kalpana Pot on Socials Media:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kalpanapot/
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@toknerdytome?_t=8hTcFAH803W&_r=1
    IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5305151/
    Stay connected with us!
    Use #Astroben across various social media platforms to engage with us!
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/@astrobenpodcast
    Website: www.astroben.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astrobenpodcast/
    X: https://twitter.com/Gambleonit
    Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@astrobenpodcast
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/astrobenpodcast/

    • 33 min
    Frank White: Exploring the Overview Effect

    Frank White: Exploring the Overview Effect

    In this episode, we had the privilege of exploring the profound insights of Frank White regarding the overview effect—a cognitive shift experienced by astronauts when viewing Earth from space. Frank shared with us his journey into the realm of space exploration and his research into this remarkable phenomenon. We delved into the core characteristics of the overview effect, including the sense of awe, interconnectedness, and profound appreciation for our planet that astronauts report experiencing. Frank highlighted the transformative nature of this experience and its potential implications for humanity's future, from space exploration to environmental conservation efforts.
    Throughout the conversation, we explored the cultural and individual variations in the experience of the overview effect, as well as its intersection with spirituality, and philosophy. We discussed the role of technology, such as virtual reality simulations, in simulating aspects of the overview effect for those of us bound to Earth. Frank also shared captivating anecdotes from his interviews with astronauts, providing fascinating insights into their perspectives and the enduring impact of the overview effect on their lives and actions upon returning to Earth. This episode served as a thought-provoking exploration of the overview effect, leaving us with a deeper appreciation for the fragility and interconnectedness of our planet and a renewed sense of wonder about the vastness of the cosmos.
    OUTLINE:
    Here’s approximate timestamps for the episode.
    00:00 Introduction to Episode
    00:40 What is the overview effect?
    03:00 Astronauts Experiences
    08:02 Different cultures/backgrounds effecting experience
    13:23 The Outerview Effect: Dr Chris Boshuizen
    17:26 Using Technology to bring the Overview Effect to the masses
    19:55 Psychological Processes behind Overview Effect
    24:00 Migration to where? The Future!
    27:49 Frank’s Overview Effect
    33:23 Can anyone get cosmic perspective? Discussed:
    The Overview Effect: https://www.amazon.com/Overview-Effect-Exploration-Evolution-Library/dp/162410262X
    Down To Earth: https://plus.nasa.gov/series/down-to-earth/
    The Human Space Program: https://www.humanspaceprogram.org/
    37:48 Wrap Up and Socials
    Connect with Frank White on Socials Media:
    Website: https://frankwhiteauthor.com/
    Franks Book: https://www.amazon.com/Overview-Effect-Exploration-Evolution-Library/dp/162410262X
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whitelight2
    X: https://twitter.com/fwhite66
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fwhite161/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqnb7Og7vYP9MHE2qAhHjQ
    Stay connected with us!
    Use #Astroben across various social media platforms to engage with us!
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/@astrobenpodcast
    Website: www.astroben.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astrobenpodcast/
    X: https://twitter.com/Gambleonit
    Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@astrobenpodcast
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/astrobenpodcast/

    • 39 min
    Meredith Garofalo: Regional Edward R. Murrow Award Winning Meteorologist & Space/Science Correspondent

    Meredith Garofalo: Regional Edward R. Murrow Award Winning Meteorologist & Space/Science Correspondent

    In this weeks episode, Ben chats to Meredith Garofalo, a regional Murrow award-winning Broadcast Meteorologist and space correspondent, whose journey into meteorology was ignited by her mother's survival of a tornado outbreak. In this episode, they delve into Meredith's dynamic career, from covering rocket launches to advocating for women in STEM. Join us as we explore her insights on the intersection of space and climate change, the weather on Mars and whether humans or AI will ever be able to control the weather!
    OUTLINE:
    Here’s approximate timestamps for the episode.
    00:00 Intro to Meredith Garofalo
    00:31 Is Merediths job like the movie “Twister”?
    02:38 Space and Meteorology interest
    06:16 Weather on Mars
    09:30 AI impact on the weather
    12:15 Controlling the weather
    14:52 Sci Fi becomes reality
    15:04 Climate Change
    20:00 Satellite Conference
    23:03 Global Collaboration
    25:12 Space Weather Careers
    28:39 The Open Note Book
    31:00 Wrap Up and Socials
    Connect with Meredith Garofalo:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarofaloWX/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/garofalowx/
    X: https://twitter.com/garofalowx
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meredithgarofalo/
    Event Meredith is MC'ing: 
    https://dallasinnovates.com/nasa-is-inviting-you-to-watch-the-april-8-total-solar-eclipse-at-the-cotton-bowl-in-dallas/ 
    Stay connected with us!
    Use #Astroben across various social media platforms to engage with us!
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/@astrobenpodcast
    Website: www.astroben.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astrobenpodcast/
    X: https://twitter.com/Gambleonit
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/astrobenpodcast/
    Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@astrobenpodcast
     

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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46 Ratings

46 Ratings

ErikA4005 ,

Amazing podcast!!

This podcast is very insightful and an amazing listen! Highly recommend for all.

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Super Cool!

I love listening to this podcast! So many interesting topics are discussed. I am excited for the next episode to come out!

ErikaVRivera ,

Awesome!

I really enjoyed listening to the conversations and learned a lot from it! Thanks so much Ben for this initiative! Congratulations and keep it up! 🤩🚀

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