Episode 441: Trefft unsere Freunde aus Deutschland

"Trefft unsere Freunde aus Deutschland" Translation - Meet our friends from Germany

This special episode covers some personal stories about NASA and the shuttle program. In particular, you get to meet my friends from Germany and listen as they tell some stories of travel and share their special memories about "our" shuttles. It is a pleasure to introduce Kalus Krueger from Hamburg, Germany and Alex von Eckartsberg from Frankfurt, Germany. We talk about launches and the transition/retirement of the orbiters. They made many trips for many years. Would you and I be as willing to commit that much time and money to see those inspiring spacecraft? I think you'll enjoy hearing them each talk about years of interest in the US Space Shuttle Program, not just at the end of the program, when much of the US started to pay attention again.

Please share with us one of your special moments from the world of spaceflight and space exploration.

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First up I'll be talking with Klaus and then Alex.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this special show from the 3 of us to all of you. -Mark

Show Recorded - 11/13, 11/16, and 11/23/2012

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Episode 440: Apocalypse Now?

On this episode of Talking Space, we discuss the crashing conclusion of the GRAIL lunar gravity mapping mission and who they named the crash site after. Next we discuss a possible trip to Europa, but can we even think to afford it? Then we discuss a host of blogs worth checking out. On our second trip around the table, we dicuss North Korea's launch of a reported satellite. Then we discuss the 40th anniversary of Apollo 17 and an interesting article by Andrew Chaikin on the date. Then we discuss an e-book for kids. On our final trip around the table, we discuss the NASA Johnson Style parody and what it really means. Next we discuss the end of the world and why NASA is certain it won't happen. Finally, we discuss an interesting follow up to a spacesuit story and an update on a story from last week.

To look at the blogs Mark mentioned, visit http://blogs.nasa.gov

To view the e-book on nutrition and more, visithttp://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/slsd/about/divisions/hacd/education/kids-zone.html

For the NASA 2012 FAQ, visit http://www.nasa.gov/2012 and view the December 22nd video athttp://youtu.be/QY_Gc1bF8ds

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 12/17/2012

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Episode 439: Is This The Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?

On this episode of Talking Space, we discuss the next Mars rover, set to launch in 2020. We then discuss the failure of a Russian booster...again. We then discuss light bulbs in space. On the second trip around the table, we discuss the Russian launch site in Kazakhstan, Baikonour, and how it may go back to Kazakh control. We then discuss the launch of the US Military's ecret X-37B space plane. We then discuss a special beacon. On our final trip around the table, we take a trip of a world of "fantasy". We discuss a petition to te US government to build a death star. We then discuss the "Golden Spike" project, which hopes to get humans to the moon by 2020. We finally discuss Mark Kelly's fabulous children's book, "Mousetronaut".

To view the website for the beacon at Mount Diablo, visit http://savemoutdiablo.org

To view the petition to increase NASA's budget, visit http://wh.gov/NITC

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 12/10/2012

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Episode 438: Curiosity About the Outer Solar System

On this episode of Talking Space, we talk about the "earth-shattering" discovery made by Curiosity that rumors had been circulating around before the announcement. We then talk about Voyager 1 reaching a new part of the solar system. We then discuss an update on Orion, including some cracks and how "made in America" it is. On our second trip around the table, we discuss an interesting discussion on NPR involving Chuck Yeager. We then discuss some news about Reaction Engines. Then, we discuss a free e-book NASA has made available. On our final trip around the table, we discuss Atlantis being angled in preparation for its display and the crew that will be staying aboard the ISS for 1 full year. Lastly, we then discuss the discovery of water on Mercury and if it really is a big deal or not. 

To hear the NPR segment mentioned in the episode, visit http://sciencefriday.com/segment/11/30/2012/scifri-book-club-has-the-right-stuff.html

To download "Earth as Art" the free NASA e-book, visit http://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/earth_art_detail.html

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 12/3/2012

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Episode 437: Robot of the Year Checks-In

On this episode of Talking Space, the smaller-than-usual crew takes on the red planet, looking at news that some say will be groundbreaking while others say it's no big deal. We then discuss Curiosity checking in on FourSquare and some unique wind patterns it picked up. On our second trip around the table, we discuss some SpaceX failures you might not have heard about. We then talk about a NASA spinoff that won't make you hurl and a video game character detected by Cassini. On our third trip around the table, we discuss the new home for NASA 905. We also discuss a retiring former astronaut who we interviewed on Episode 309 and the tale of how our website stayed up during Hurricane Sandy. We add in a last minute story on some unlikely space-related candidates for Time's Person of the Year People's Choice vote.

To vote for MSL, the Higgs-Boson, or Felix Baumgartner, visithttp://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2128881_2128882,00.html. Voting ends December 12th at 11:59pm EST.

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Member: Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 11/26/2012

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