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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. 

Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Sample Caching System Sterile Flight Model hardware is being prepared for installation on the Mars Perseverance rover on May 21, 2020. Credit: NASA/JPL

EPISODE 94: MARS SAMPLE RETURN

Oct 05, 2022 | Transcript | 27:20
Mars Sample Return Scientists Lindsay Hays and Meenakshi Wadhwa discuss the mission to return samples from the surface of Mars to Earth. Read More
A photo of a deer at Johnson Space Center. Credit: NASA/James Blair

EPISODE 93: CIRCUIT THEORY APPLICATION TO ANIMAL MOVEMENT

Sep 21, 2022 | Transcript | 29:34
The Nature Conservancy's Kim Hall discusses the use of NASA Earth observation data to map animal movement and patterns. Read More
This is an optimized 3D design of spaceflight hardware generated by artificial intelligence. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 92: EVOLVED STRUCTURES

Sep 07, 2022 | Transcript | 27:58
NASA Research Engineer Ryan McClelland discusses digital engineering technologies that are transforming classical engineering tasks and processes. Read More
Artist's concept of OSAM-1 servicing a satellite in space. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 91: OSAM-1

Aug 24, 2022 | Transcript | 31:49
OSAM-1 Lead Systems Engineer Wendy Morgenstern discusses NASA's On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 1 mission to robotically refuel a satellite that wasn't designed to be serviced. Read More
This is an illustration if Earth and its magnetic field, colored in bright green and yellow. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 90: EFFECTS OF SPACE RADIATION

Aug 10, 2022 | Transcript | 32:17
NASA Space Radiation Element Scientist Robin Elgart discusses research aimed at reducing radiation health risks. Read More
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