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Tap into the experiences of NASA’s technical workforce as they develop missions to explore distant worlds—from the Moon to Mars, from Titan to Psyche. Learn how they advance technology to make aviation on Earth faster, quieter and more fuel efficient. Each biweekly episode celebrates program and project managers, engineers, scientists and thought leaders working on multiple fronts to advance aeronautics and space exploration in a bold new era of discovery. New episodes are released bi-weekly on Wednesdays. 

View of the Zakim bridge and Charlestown. Credit: Datawheel LLC

EPISODE 89: THE BIG DIG

Jul 27, 2022 | Transcript | 36:54
Boston University Assistant Professor Virginia Greiman discusses enduring lessons from the largest, most technically challenging highway project in U.S. history. Read More
Illustration of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is the first aircraft humanity has sent to another planet to attempt powered, controlled flight. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 88: INGENUITY MARS HELICOPTER FLIGHTS

Jul 13, 2022 | Transcript | 20:32
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Chief Pilot Håvard Grip discusses the rotorcraft's history-making flights on the Red Planet. Read More
This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk -- a flat structure of material orbiting the black hole -- and a jet of hot gas, called plasma. Using NASA's NuSTAR space telescope and a fast camera called ULTRACAM on the William Herschel Observatory in La Palma, Spain, scientists have been able to measure the distance that particles in jets travel before they "turn on" and become bright sources of light. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 87: NUSTAR

Jun 29, 2022 | Transcript | 19:07
NuSTAR Principal Investigator Fiona Harrison discusses NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array. Read More
This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have discovered that there are seven Earth-size planets in the system. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

EPISODE 86: ASTROBIOLOGY RESEARCH COORDINATION NETWORKS

Jun 15, 2022 | Transcript | 29:14
NASA Astrobiology Program Senior Scientist Mary Voytek discusses Research Coordination Networks. Read More
An artist's concept of a Moon base, depicting two astronauts working on the surface of the Moon with rovers. Earth is in the background. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 85: MOON TO MARS HABITATION

Jun 01, 2022 | Transcript | 19:21
NASA's Tiffany Nickens discusses habitats being developed for living on the lunar surface and traveling to Mars. Read More
Image of hurricane Florence taken from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 84: NASA’S ROLE IN WEATHER RESEARCH

May 18, 2022 | Transcript | 35:29
NASA's Edward Kim and NOAA's Pam Sullivan discuss NASA's role in weather research. Read More
3D heat model of Earth. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 83: NASA’S ROLE IN CLIMATE RESEARCH

May 04, 2022 | Transcript | 14:45
NASA Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor Kate Calvin discusses the agency's role in climate research. Read More
Shown here is a bird's-eye-view of brightly colored group of yellow fields in the Kursk region of Russia, not far north of the Ukrainian border. Kursk lies at the heart of Russia’s “Black Belt” agricultural region, so-named for its rich black soils. The bright fields result from the flowers of a ripening crop of rapeseed (also known as oilseed rape), a crop cultivated for its oil-rich seeds. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 82: NASA’S ROLE IN AGRICULTURE

Apr 20, 2022 | Transcript | 27:12
NASA Water Resources and Agriculture Program Manager Brad Doorn discusses how NASA tools and data help solve big problems on Earth. Read More
In a clean room inside the Astrotech Payload Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Ball Aerospace technicians conduct a final cleaning and inspection of the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) on NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft. Credit: NASA_VAFB

EPISODE 81: ENGINEERING BEST PRACTICES – PART 4

Apr 06, 2022 | Transcript | 28:07
NASA Johnson Space Center Engineering Director Julie Kramer White discusses the skills required to be a top-notch engineer. Read More