Episode 35: The Outer (Space) Limits

Get ready for another out of this world episode! Dr. Adrienn Luspay-Kuti is a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute. She joins us for a discussion about Saturn’s moons, simulation chambers, and the outer planets. Don’t forget the part where she built a simulator of the atmosphere of Titan in her lab. P.S. If […]

Episode 31: Moon River (and Water)

Did you know that we’re looking for water on the moon? This week’s episode features Kathy Mandt, a senior research scientist at Southwest Research Institute and an adjoint professor at University of Texas – San Antonio. We talk about frost on the moon, planetary science and measuring photons with ultraviolet light. And the ever-present fight between […]

Episode 29: Captain (Exo)Planet

Space lovers, we have a fun new episode for you today! If you’ve been following NASA’s recent announcement about seven earth-sized planets around a single star, you might recognize the name Sara Seager. Dr. Seager is a professor of astronomy at MIT and expert in exoplanets. We recorded this podcast two days before the discovery made headlines, […]

Episode 27: Watch this (Satellite) Space

Salutations! It’s time to celebrate another fantastic lady in STEM with our latest episode. Today’s guest is Dr. Victoria Richmond, a mechanical and aerospace engineer at the Harris Corporation. We chat satellites, antennas and …. pantyhose. It’s not as weird as you think. We promise.

A night at the (Air and Space) Museum

Air and Space museum

There are some opportunities that are too good to turn down. Celebrating the National Air and Space Museum’s 40th anniversary with a late night wander through the exhibits is definitely one of them. As part of the celebrations, the museum opened its doors at 8pm until 10am the next morning. They provided some drinks and food […]

Episode 11: Fly Me to the Moon (and Beyond)

Good morning, Scopers! Hope you’re ready for today’s brand new episode. We’re back for another round of space discussions, this time with Adrianne Stroup, a power systems engineer at SpaceX. We talk about the creative genius that is Elon Musk, and the importance of hot sauce and waffles to the future of space flight. Go forth […]

Picture of the day: Hubble Uncovering the Secrets of the Quintuplet Cluster

Credit: ESA/NASA Although this cluster of stars gained its name due to its five brightest stars, it is home to hundreds more. The huge number of massive young stars in the cluster is clearly captured in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The cluster is located close to the Arches Cluster and is just 100 […]

Episode 9: The (Mars) Schedule Makers

Dearest listeners, we’re so happy to be back with a brand new episode. Today’s guest is Shannon Mihaly, a Mission Operations engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Shannon is a science planner and mission controller for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Want to know how Will.i.am plays a critical* role in NASA operations? Listen and […]

Working 9 to 5 (and beyond)

June has been a bit (okay, a lot) crazy for us. Lindsay’s day job at Fox Soccer means she’s been working nonstop on the Women’s World Cup. (USA! USA!) My students have been working all year on building their own UAV, and will be down in southern Maryland at the AUVSI Student Unmanned Systems competition […]

When things go right! First images and data from SMAP

So I’m now the proud parent of one orbiting, deployed, spinning, fully functional spacecraft!  The SMAP satellite is done initiating all its systems and has taken its first global soil measurement maps: Since the Earth environment where we built SMAP is very different than the space environment where we operate SMAP, we never before had […]