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Science, entertainment and inspiration await you at Your Online Coffee Break! Software guru, astronomy & space enthusiast Chuck Fields interviews scientists, writers, business leaders, directors & producers, musicians and more--all in a short & sweet format to fit into your busy schedule. Take your next break with us to get inspired, geek out, or learn something new.

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Science, entertainment and inspiration await you at Your Online Coffee Break! Software guru, astronomy & space enthusiast Chuck Fields interviews scientists, writers, business leaders, directors & producers, musicians and more--all in a short & sweet format to fit into your busy schedule. Take your next break with us to get inspired, geek out, or learn something new.

    End of Season Three (Recap)

    End of Season Three (Recap)

    I’m taking the holidays off but we’ve added another 50 episodes this year, so there are plenty of amazing guests to keep you going during this break.

    This past year our musical guests included Air Supply, The Go-Go’s, The B-52’s, The Motels and many more.

    Our space topics included Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, SpaceX Crew-1 commander Mike Hopkins, and even an onsite interview at NASA Headquarters with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

    Have you checked out our celebrity guest interviews, such as Zoe Perry from Young Sheldon? How about Doug E. Doug from Cool Runnings? For some quality streaming ideas, check out our interviews with YouTuber Peter Hollens or Jeffrey Harmon from Dry Bar Comedy.

    We also had amazing Christian topics featuring Gospel Artist Chris Bender and Dallas Jenkins, director of The Chosen.

    I’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to tell us about your favorite episode, let me know! Contact me on Facebook @onlinecoffeebreak, or leave a comment on our website at OnlineCoffeeBreak.com. Thanks for listening & subscribing. It means a lot to me and I really appreciate it.

    From our family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays! God bless

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    149. Planetary Scientist Alan Stern talks Virgin Galactic, New Horizons & Pluto

    149. Planetary Scientist Alan Stern talks Virgin Galactic, New Horizons & Pluto

    Planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern has been chosen to be the first to conduct NASA-funded science experiments while flying aboard a commercial spacecraft. In this interview Dr. Stern discusses the experiments he will perform aboard Virgin Galactic’s “SpaceShipTwo” on a suborbital mission from the Spaceport America launch site in New Mexico. He also discusses software upgrades coming to the New Horizons spacecraft in 2021, and as a proponent of Pluto, explains why it should be considered the ninth planet in our solar system.

    About Dr. Alan Stern

    Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, author, and avid public speaker. Since 2001 he has led NASA’s $880M New Horizons mission that successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt—the farthest exploration in the history of humankind. In 2018, he was named by the Administration to a six yearlong term to the U.S. National Science Board. In both 2007 and 2016, he was named to the Time 100 list. In 2020, NASA selected Dr. Stern to fly as an experimenter on a commercial suborbital spaceflight aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip2.

    Since 2009, Dr. Stern has been an Associate Vice President and Special Assistant to the President at the Southwest Research Institute. Additionally, from 2008-2012 he served on the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and as the Chief Scientist and Mission Architect for Moon Express from 2010-2013. From 2011-2013 he served as the Director of the Florida Space Institute. Dr. Stern serves as the Chief Science Officer of World View, a near-space ballooning company that he is co-founder of. In 2016 and again in 2017 he was elected to be the Board Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Dr. Stern is also on the advisory board of Lowell Observatory.

    Dr. Stern also maintains his own aerospace consulting practice. His current and former consulting clients include Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Naveen Jain’s Moon Express Google Lunar X-Prize team, Ball Aerospace, Paragon Space Development Corporation, the NASTAR Center, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Johns Hopkins University.

    His career has taken him to numerous astronomical observatories, to the South Pole, and to the upper atmosphere aboard various high performance NASA aircraft including F/A-18 Hornets, F-104 Starfighters, KC-135 Zero-G, and WB-57 Canberras. He has been involved as a researcher in 29 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including 14 for which he was a principle investigator; and he has led the development of 8 scientific instruments for NASA space missions. In 1995, he was selected as a Space Shuttle Mission Specialist finalist, and in 1996 he was a candidate Space Shuttle Payload Specialist. In 2010, he became a suborbital payload specialist trainee, and is expected to fly several suborbital space missions aboard Virgin Galactic vehicles in 2019-2020.

    About SwRI

    Southwest Research Institute is a premier independent, nonprofit research and development organization using multidisciplinary services to provide solutions to some of the world’s most challenging scientific and engineering problems. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, our client-focused, client-funded organization occupies more than 1,500 acres, providing more than 2.3 million square feet of laboratories, test facilities, workshops, and offices for approximately 3,000 employees who perform contract work for government and industry clients.

    For more information, visit https://www.swri.org/

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    • 21 min
    148. OSIRIS-REx Asteroid “Smash & Grab” – Mission Update

    148. OSIRIS-REx Asteroid “Smash & Grab” – Mission Update

    Interview with OSIRIS-REx Project Scientist Dr. Jason P. Dworkin

    On October 20th, 2020, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made history as it collected samples from asteroid Bennu, which are expected to return to Earth in 2023. For this episode I’m pleased to introduce Dr. Jason Dworkin, the project scientist for OSIRIS-REx, for an update and more details on the OSIRIS-REx mission.

    About OSIRIS-REx

    (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer)

    https://www.asteroidmission.org/ OSIRIS-REx seeks answers to the questions that are central to the human experience: Where did we come from? What is our destiny? Asteroids, the leftover debris from the solar system formation process, can answer these questions and teach us about the history of the sun and planets.

    The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently orbiting Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid whose regolith may record the earliest history of our solar system. Bennu may contain the molecular precursors to the origin of life and the Earth’s oceans. Bennu is also one of the most potentially hazardous asteroids, as it has a relatively high probability of impacting the Earth late in the 22nd century. OSIRIS-REx will determine Bennu’s physical and chemical properties, which will be critical to know in the event of an impact mitigation mission. Finally, asteroids like Bennu contain natural resources such as water, organics, and precious metals. In the future, these asteroids may one day fuel the exploration of the solar system by robotic and crewed spacecraft.

    About Dr. Jason Dworkin

    https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/jason.p.dworkin

    Jason Dworkin is the Project Scientist for OSIRIS-REx and NASA's Senior Scientist for Astrobiology. Jason's objective is to assess the organic species available for the origin and early evolution of life with a focus is on understanding the extraterrestrial input and origin of molecules relevant for life. This objective has been to study increasingly documented and constrained systems, from plausibly early Earth chemistry, chemistry of astrophysically relevant laboratory ices, organic and chiral analysis of meteorites, to analysis of sample returned material and how to protect that material from contamination. This research employs modern analytical methods to examine authentic samples of the early solar system as well as laboratory models of ancient environments. This involves both directing research in the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and scientific leadership in NASA sample return and in situ missions.

    BE A PART OF OUR PROGRAM – TELL US ABOUT YOUR SPACE JOURNEY! Do you have a fascinating story about how you got passionate about astronomy and/or space exploration? We'd love to hear it! Tell us about your space journey and we may feature your story in an upcoming episode alongside our main guest interview. Just leave us a voicemail (less than 2 minutes long please) at 1-317-862-4700, or email an audio or video clip to us at info@yourspacejourney.com. Be sure to include your name and tell us how space inspires you and what you're most excited about for the future of space exploration!

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    • 20 min
    147. Water Discovered on the Sunlit Surface of the Moon – Lunar Geologist Sarah Noble

    147. Water Discovered on the Sunlit Surface of the Moon – Lunar Geologist Sarah Noble

    Water on the Moon – Sunny side up!



    NASA’s aircraft SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) has confirmed for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. Previously NASA had discovered evidence for water in shadows of craters, but this new discovery has incredible implications for possible use of this water as a resource as NASA returns to the Moon. Lunar Geologist Dr. Sarah Noble joins us today to discuss this incredible discovery and its implications for the future of space exploration, especially with NASA’s plan to send the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024.







    In this interview Sarah discusses how SOFIA made this discovery, how much water was found, and future plans for investigating on the Moon, including NASA's VIPER rover, a mobile robot that will go to the South Pole of the Moon to get a close-up view of the location and concentration of water ice.







    About Sarah Noble (from NASA.gov)









    Sarah Noble grew up in rural Minnesota, where from a very young age she was fascinated with space exploration, staring up at the moon and making plans to visit it one day. She started collage as an aerospace engineering major, because it was the only major with the word “space” in it, but stumbled into a geology class one day and fell in love with the science. Knowing her love of all things space related, her professors steered her towards planetary geology, the subfield of geology that studies how other planets (and moons and asteroids and comets and whatnot) form, evolve, and operate. She started her NASA career studying meteorites as an undergraduate intern at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. After graduate school, and a short adventure working for Congress, she returned to Johnson, and also spent time working at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama and Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland before finding her place at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. She has worked as a program officer and discipline scientist in the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters since 2010 working on missions, as well as research and analysis programs. She is an avid painter and is passionate about sharing the joy and beauty of space exploration, both through science outreach and through her artwork.







    For more information, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/sofia



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    • 13 min
    146. CREATED EQUAL: Clarence Thomas in his own words, featuring filmmaker Michael Pack

    146. CREATED EQUAL: Clarence Thomas in his own words, featuring filmmaker Michael Pack

    CREATED EQUAL is a new two-hour documentary film about the life of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. With unprecedented access, producers interview Justice Thomas and his wife Virginia, letting Justice Thomas tell his entire life’s story, taking viewers through his complex and often painful life, dealing with race, faith, power, and personal resilience.

    Producer/Director Michael Pack joins us in this episode to discuss this incredible new film. Michael is CEO of the US Agency for Global Media. Michael has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning nationally broadcast documentaries as well as corporate and educational films.

    CREATED EQUAL: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words

    Although Clarence Thomas remains a controversial figure, loved by some, reviled by others, few know much more than a few headlines and the recollections of his contentious confirmation battle with Anita Hill. With unprecedented access, the producers interviewed Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia, for over 30 hours. Justice Thomas tells his story, looking directly at the camera, speaking frankly to the audience. The documentary combines Justice Thomas’ first-person account with a rich array of historical archive material, personal photos, and evocative recreations.

    CREATED EQUAL is now available nationwide to watch at home on digital/ VOD platforms, including Amazon, Apple TV and YouTube.

    For more information, visit https://www.justicethomasmovie.com.

    ABOUT MICHAEL PACK

    Michael Pack, writer/producer/director, is CEO of the US Agency for Global Media. Mr. Pack has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning, nationally broadcast documentaries, as well as corporate and educational films. His most recent credits include: RICKOVER: The Birth of Nuclear Power, narrated by Joan Allen (2014); Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton, hosted by Richard Brookhiser (2011); God and the Inner City, narrated by Phylicia Rashad (2003); and Rediscovering George Washington, hosted by Richard Brookhiser (2002). All have been nationally broadcast on PBS. For more information, visit https://www.manifoldproductions.com/

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    • 16 min
    145. Interview with 11-year-old Guitar Prodigy TAJ FARRANT!

    145. Interview with 11-year-old Guitar Prodigy TAJ FARRANT!

    Taj Farrant is an amazing 11-year-old guitarist from Long Jetty, Australia. Taj has appeared on ELLEN and performed around the world with Carlos Santana, KISS and orianthi. He just released his debut single “Just Can't Sleep”. In this interview Taj talks about his passion for guitar and plays an acoustic version of his latest single.

    ABOUT TAJ

    (from https://www.tajfarrant.com.au/)

    One AC/DC concert with his Dad and seeing Angus Young do his thing was the catalyst for Taj to say “I want to do that forever”. He got a guitar and the rest, as they say is history.

    Taj Farrant may be young, but his natural musical ability surpasses his age.

    This down to earth Aussie kid is more than passionate about playing guitar and is clearly a natural born rocker through and through.

    Taj is fortunate to have a very supportive family, helping guide and encourage his passion, with freedom and balance to enjoy playing and perfect his techniques while still enjoying kid stuff too. Taj has already picked up some huge endorsements world wide.

    As a guitarist Taj has that truly genuine ‘feel’ when he plays, with technique and soul well beyond his years. With Taj’s online presence growing fast and being featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Taj has also been blessed to share the stage with some world class artist such as Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas, Orianthi and many more, strap in and hold on … this is Taj Farrant!

    Check out Taj on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw6xy6MGCx0tzECO_5Ir74A

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