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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:...

Ep. 300: What We’ve Learned in Almost 7 Years

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) We created Astronomy Cast to be timeless, a listening experience that’s as educational in the future as it was when we started recording. But obviously, things have changed in almost 7 years and 300 episodes. Today we’ll give you an update on...

Ep. 299: Space Stations, Part 4 — Future Space Stations

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Sometimes a trilogy needs four parts. We’ve looked at the history and modern era of space stations but now it’s time to peer into the future at some space station concepts still in the works. Most of these will never fly, but the ideas are...

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