Episode 41: Let There Be (UV) Light

Happy Tuesday, dearest listeners! We’ve got a brand new space-centric episode with Dr. Tracy Becker, a postdoctoral fellow at the Southwest Research Institute working in space science. Join us for a chat about UV light, the Cassini spacecraft, and the wonders of Europa. We should add, we talked to Tracy before Cassini said its final farewell. […]

Episode 37: On the (Spaceborne) Radar

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Dearest friends, we’re back with another episode! (Did you miss us?) With all the crazy weather going on these days, we thought we’d talk to someone who knows all about the atmosphere. Radar systems engineer Felisha Lawrence joins us for a chat about her job (well… what she’s allowed to say) at Northrop Grumman. We […]

Turn Around, Bright Eyes: How to View August’s Solar Eclipse

How do you organize an eclipse party? You plan-et! ::crickets:: This Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse is will be visible to all of North America. This means the moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun. Don’t panic. It’s totally to be expected and not at all a sign of the end times. […]

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 […]

Episode 2: A (2020) Space Odyssey

Happy Tuesday, Scopers! We’re very excited to finally share episode two, A (2020) Space Odyssey. Today’s guest is Elizabeth Cordoba, an aerospace engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She joins us for a discussion on the Mars2020 mission, satellite launches, and Matt Damon. Give it a listen, and let us know what you think.