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Ep 385: Rovers on the Run

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Taking pictures of distant worlds is great and all, but the best science happens with boots on the ground. Or in this case… wheels. This week we’ll talk all about robotic rovers and the places they rove. Download the show [MP3] | Jump to...

Ep. 384: Escaping Probes

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) The gravity of the Earth is a tough thing to escape, but breaking free from the gravity of the Sun is on a whole other level. But humans have achieved this amazing accomplishment, and right now there are several spacecraft leaving the Solar System and...

Ep. 342: Sunsetting Spacecraft

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Everything dies, including our technology. But when we’ve hurtled a few thousands pounds of robotic instrumentation to another planet, it gets a little difficult to shut it down and clean up. What do we do when a mission has reached the end of its...

Ep. 326: Atmospheric Dust

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) When you consider the hazards of spaceflight, it’s hard to get worked up about dust bunnies. And yet, atmospheric dust is going to be one of the biggest problems astronauts will face when they reach the surface of other worlds. Where does this dust come...

Ep. 305: The Spacecraft That Wouldn’t Die

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Last week we explored the various ways spacecraft can die. But this week, we explore the spacecraft (and the scientists) who never give up, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. We’ll look at clever solutions to potential spacecraft...

Ep. 304: Death of a Spacecraft

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) In the end, everything dies, even plucky space robots. Today we examine the last days of a series of missions. How do spacecraft tend to die, and what did in such heroes as Kepler, Spirit, and Galileo (the missions… not the people). Ep. 304:...

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