We’ve reached the end of 2021, and this is the last episode of the year. Let’s look back at the big space events of the last year and talk about what we’re looking forward to in 2022.

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Show Notes

Tornadoes in St. Louis area leave at least 7 people dead (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Vigils honor 6 Amazon workers killed in tornado (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

All those missing in Kentucky after tornado are accounted for, governor says (NPR)

Mars Ingenuity Helicopter (NASA)

Mars Perseverance Rover (NASA)

NASA’s Perseverance Team Assessing First Mars Sampling Attempt (NASA)

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Successfully Cores Its First Rock (NASA)

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Reaches a Total of 30 Minutes Aloft (NASA)

At Mars, China’s Tianwen 1 orbiter and Zhurong rover are back in action after a radio blackout (Space.com)

Emirates Mars Mission

NASA’s InSight Finds Three Big Marsquakes, Thanks to Solar-Panel Dusting (NASA JPL)

NASA Confirms Thousands of Massive, Ancient Volcanic Eruptions on Mars (NASA)

Yutu-2 (Wikipedia)

China’s Yutu 2 rover spots cube-shaped ‘mystery hut’ on far side of the moon (Space.com)

ExoMars discovers hidden water in Mars’ Grand Canyon (ESA)

Lucy: The First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids (NASA)

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) (JHUAPL)

Tiangong space station (Wikipedia)

China’s Shenzhou 13 crew takes its first spacewalk, the country’s 1st by a female astronaut (Space.com)

Virgin Galactic

Blue Origin

SpaceX makes history with first all-civilian spaceflight (NBC News)

FAA Ends Commercial Space Astronaut Wings Program, Will Recognize Individuals Reaching Space on Website (FAA)

William Shatner is now the oldest person ever to go to space: ‘The most profound experience’ (CNN)

Michael Strahan, Alan Shepard’s daughter and four others rocket into space (Spaceflight Now)

Japanese billionaire to ISS New space tourist videos show Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa’s life in orbit (Space.com)

Antarctica Eclipsed (NASA Earth Observatory)

Comet Leonard in outburst, again! (EarthSky)

NASA Returns Hubble to Full Science Operations (NASA)

The Sun Could Reach ‘Solar Maximum’ Just At The Right Time For North Americans (Forbes)

First Evidence of a Planet Identified Beyond Our Galaxy (NASA)

Galaxy Discovered With No Trace of Dark Matter (SciTechDaily)

TESS discovers a planet the size of Mars but with the makeup of Mercury (MIT)

Overlooked Exoplanet Found by Citizen Scientists (SETI Institute)

TESS Exoplanet Mission (NASA)


Communications problem delays JWST launch (SpaceNews)


Solar and Lunar Eclipses Worldwide – 2022 (timeanddate.com)

Vera Rubin Observatory

Artemis I Integrated Testing Update (NASA)

Starship (SpaceX)

Tank Watchers

Psyche (NASA JPL)

India Is Officially Going Back to the Moon with Chandrayaan-3 Lunar Lander (Space.com)

Ariane 6 (Arianespace)

Rocket Lab Confirms Helicopter Capture Attempt For Next Recovery Mission (Rocket Lab)

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1 Comment

  1. Matt Wallace

    I listen to episodes near every day as I walk my 2-3 miles. Actually, you might find this ridiculous but, I started at the beginning and have been methodically plowing through episodes on spotify. In fact as my walking goes, I traded in rock music for astronomy cast. …yes, you can laugh… However, I am learning and enjoying.

    One show suggestion…just an idea coming to on the fly as I type right now…and I know this is a science show… A major part of astronomy for me has been the wonder of it all…the romance…the magic… How many of us became interested for no other reason than we looked up and went “Wow”? How many of us celebrated our first kiss under the stars or moon? How many poems? How many songs? It goes on and on. What a show or 2 exploring the romance of it all…if you will, the poetry of space.

    I am not talking about a science fiction show. No, this is not fiction. It’s about inspiration and emotion. As an example, my son, a couple of years back, registered a star in his then girlfriend’s name at one of those silly star databases simply because she like horses and he found a double star in Equuleus for them to share. Then they looked at their stars through our telescope. Our lives have been so affected by the “heavens” and not just for the science. And although the science remains the impetus for many, even scientists of all varieties still look up and their hearts race, the eyes well, the arm goes around their loved ones…not because of the science but the romance and wonder of it.

    Literature, poems, music, visual art, performing art, you name it. Imaginations have run wild at the sheer idea of space. I would be a liar if the science did not inspire some of this fascination as well. All the fun that came out of the discovery of little Pluto. Remember when part of it looked like a heart was stamped into it? How about the song “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon”? Or Melies “Trip to the Moon” in 1902? Or just sitting with your parents watching the space shuttle launch on TV the first time? None…and I mean NONE of this would exist without looking up and wondering.

    Consider a doctor, unamazed by the magic of the human, who only saw our biology. Keep him from my bones! Think of an architect looking up at a skyscraper and never being taken aback by our sheer industriousness. Don’t go on that elevator! What would you think of the astronomer who looked up and only ever saw science. Perish the thought! We are humans. Without magic, wonder, amazement, creativity and imagination, we have nothing!

    Up to you…just an idea…


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