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 […]

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 […]