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The award-winning space science podcast about all things space! Hosted by Alex G. Orphanos, science communicator, maker, and aerospace engineer. Our mission: to spread love and spread science!

Today In Spac‪e‬ Alex G. Orphanos, Science Communicator

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The award-winning space science podcast about all things space! Hosted by Alex G. Orphanos, science communicator, maker, and aerospace engineer. Our mission: to spread love and spread science!

    Review of NASA's Crew 2 & SpaceX's Inspiration 4 mission & Thoughts on First Contact

    Review of NASA's Crew 2 & SpaceX's Inspiration 4 mission & Thoughts on First Contact

    In this episode we’re playing catch-up to review all the human Spaceflight underway in the next few weeks and months. Crew 1 makes a port relocation in preparation for Crew 2, and we review the Inspiration 4 mission and crew, as well as the impact of the first all civilian space mission. What does this mean for the future?
    I also discuss the impact of what First Contact IRL would have on humanity in honor of this years April 5th anniversary of the scifi timeline in Star Trek when humans met Vulcans for the first time. And a quick overview of what happened to Starship SN11 and why SpaceX is jumping to SN15. (UPDATE: Still unknown whether SpaceX used FTS or SN11 had an RUD - removed section speculating FTS was used. Still no data to support that. Thank you @sontavas on Twitter for pointing that out!)

    Elon Musks explanation for Starship SN11 RUD
    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1379022709737275393?s=21
    Meet the First All-Civilian Space Crew:
    https://youtu.be/4bkx2ENyAAs
    Who’s on board Inspiration 4??
    https://www.inspiration4.com/
    Sochi Noguchi review of SpaceX suit:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/mk6e7l/soichis_detailed_overview_of_the_spacex_iva_suit/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

    • 34 min
    NASA's SLS Success, 200 years of Greek Independence, and Leonard Nimoy Day

    NASA's SLS Success, 200 years of Greek Independence, and Leonard Nimoy Day

    On this week's episode there's alot to catch up on in Space!
    NASA successfully test fired their RS-25 engines for the Space Launch System, the heavy lift vehicle created from the Space Shuttle, and is planned to be used for the Artemis Missions.

    Starship SN11 test fired successfully in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX scrubbed the 10km test flight until Monday.

    March 25th was the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence and I share my thoughts as a second generation Greek American and reflect on just how recent that it. 

    & March 26th was Leonard Nimoy Day here in Boston, MA and I share how one of his tweets basically saved my life - to Live long and prosper!
    Have a great week! Stay sharp, and keep questioning & learning!
    Spread love & Spread Science!


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    Share the podcast with friends & family! NASA'S SLS Test Fire for Full Duration
    https://youtu.be/XGRE_7yz_kM
    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/03/bill-nelson-biden-nasa-administrator/618333/
    https://hellenicnews.com/200th-anniversary-of-the-greek-war-of-independence-zito-i-25-martiou/
    https://trekmovie.com/2021/03/20/city-of-boston-honors-a-star-trek-legend-by-declaring-march-26-leonard-nimoy-day/
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    • 23 min
    Oumuamua vs. String Theory | Testable vs. Untestable Hypothesis. Which should we fund more? | Today In Space

    Oumuamua vs. String Theory | Testable vs. Untestable Hypothesis. Which should we fund more? | Today In Space

    In this episode I explore my thoughts on redefining the 'Scientific Ladder of Ideas' - specifically for a Hypothesis. Our talk with Avi Loeb last week opened my mind to two distinct groups for the 1st stage of scientific ideas. Testable and Untestable Hypothesis. Oumuamua vs. String Theory. If you haven't already listen to our last podcast about Avi's groundbreaking hypothesis about the origins of our first observed interstellar object, Oumuamua. 
    Which idea has the potential for the most benefit to humanity? Is one idea more likely to be solved in 100 years, or even sooner? Do we have our priorities all wrong because certain scientific theories have become an 'industry' that would rather perpetuate the machine of science than to fund a hypothesis that may change the 'industry'?
    All this and more in this episode!

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    • 24 min
    Avi Loeb | Oumuamua, Astrophysics, and Academia's struggle with new ideas | People of Science

    Avi Loeb | Oumuamua, Astrophysics, and Academia's struggle with new ideas | People of Science

    On this episode of People of Science we are pleased to have Avi Loeb on to discuss the scientific mystery of Oumuamua. Avi is an Astrophysicist who's hypothesis on the first detected interstellar object to pass through our solar system looks at all the facts and leads us to challenge humanities greatest question - "Are we alone in the universe?"

    A true Sherlock Holmes style mystery challenging our logic when the evidence in front of us points to Oumuamua not having a natural origin. First thought to be a comet, but without any evidence of a tail or gas emitting from it as it passed the sun the change in orbit can't be accounted for. Add up the other details; a large change in reflectivity pointing to a pancake shape (not cigar shaped) and knowledge that we've discovered our own space trash exhibiting the same behavior from the sun's reflectivity - it points to Oumuamua exhibiting a very long and wide shape measuring 1mm or thinner in thickness that was 'pushed' by the Sun as it went by.
    Where did this object come from? Is it spacecraft remnants from another civilization? Are there more of them out there? 
    Avi kindly breaks down the entire mystery and the resistance this idea is having in the Academic circles. We welcome this thoughtful hypothesis that has the chance to change the entire way we think about life on Earth and is testable in under 10 years. Please enjoy the podcast
    Purchase Avi's book "Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth":
    https://amzn.to/3egBetn
    More on Avi Loeb:
    https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~loeb/
    3D Model of Oumuamua (an artists rendering):
    https://www.eso.org/public/products/models3d/oumuamua/
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Mars in Review 2021 & NASA's History, Ed Dwight, Nichelle Nichols, & Charles Bolden | Thoughts from an Engineer

    Mars in Review 2021 & NASA's History, Ed Dwight, Nichelle Nichols, & Charles Bolden | Thoughts from an Engineer

    In our final episode of February we wanted to share what to expect in space to start March 2021 (on earth and mars). I share my thoughts on Mars Perseverance Landing and the data we've gathered. The inevitable fake science reporting or poor attention grabbing content sharing fake Mars has returned. Can we get better at this as science communicators?

    Latest data from Mars rover (images, videos, & more) can be found here: 
    https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/images/
    Then we close talking about NASA's history, which is infinitely tied with Black History month. This year we learned about Nichelle Nichols' influence on NASA from the 1970's-2015. A major influencer on the diversity of talent from all spectrums of humanity. 

    The new movie about Nichelle Nichols, 'Woman in Motion', on this exact topic can be found here:
    https://amzn.to/3e2MpWa

    More about Ed Dwight:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Dwight
    More about Charles Bolden:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bolden
     

    • 22 min
    NASA Perseveres to Mars and lands Rover - Perseverance despite the Pandemic for Mars2020! | Facebook Live Replay

    NASA Perseveres to Mars and lands Rover - Perseverance despite the Pandemic for Mars2020! | Facebook Live Replay

    We went LIVE on Facebook to have a Mars Mission hangout to celebrate the final of three missions to the Red Planet. Catch the replay of the exciting finale of Mars Exploration for this season with the Perseverance Rover Entry, Descent, and Landing for NASA & JPL. 

    A MASSIVE congratulations to the Mars2020 team, quite literally persevering through a pandemic and still accomplishing what so many have failed at before - landing successfully on Mars. Never mind using a rocket powered skycrane to drop an SUV sized robot on another planet. 
    Looking forward to learning and sharing what our newest robotic emissary will teach us about one of our planetary neighbors in our solar system. Possibly the next one we adventure too as humanity...
    NASA's Eyes Animated Simulation - https://eyes.nasa.gov/apps/mars2020/#/home?id=surface_operations&time=2021-02-18T15:44:04.816-05:00&rate=0
    About the landing location - Jezero Crater
    https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/science/landing-site/
    Broadcast LIVE by NASA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm0b_ijaYMQ

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