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This Week in Space podcast covers the new space age. Every Friday we take a deep dive into a fascinating topic. What’s happening with the new race to the moon and other planets? When will SpaceX or NASA really send people to Mars? Join Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik from Space.com on This Week in Space. Subscribe today on your favorite podcatcher. New episodes posted every Friday.

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TWiS 38: Who is "Q"? - Star Trek's "Q," John de Lancie, Joins us!
1:00:18

Actor John de Lancie, the incomparable "Q" from "Star Trek," joins us to talk about who "Q" is, how he got the role, his love for science, his experiences on the show, and so much more... wee even asked him to comment on the human condition as an omnipotent alien uber-presence! Join us for this very special edition of "This Week in Space"... it's the most fun you can have on this or any other planet!

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: John de Lancie

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Nov 18, 2022
TWiS 37: Artemis Update - A New Generation of Megarockets for the Moon, SLS Facts
1:10:02

America is returning to the moon, but how can we best do this? NASA is pursuing the massive Space Launch System, or SLS, that uses repurposed space shuttle technology to build a one-use, throwaway rocket that is not yet powerful enough to stage a landing mission without a third-party landing stage. SpaceX's Starship, which is NASA's first choice of a lunar lander, is larger, more powerful, reusable, and will one day be capable of going from the Earth to the lunar surface in one shot - and for a fraction of the cost. Why build both? How do they stack up when compared? Rod and Tariq dive deep into the Rise of the Megarockets!

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

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Nov 11, 2022
TWiS 36: NASA's UFO Report - Leonard David on NASA Tackling UFOs at Last
1:06:41

Leonard David, the Godfather of space reporting, discusses how NASA has finally been charged with lending their considerable expertise in the quest to understand what exactly UFOs (now called UAPs) might be all about. Are they extraterrestrial visitors? Earthly foreign agents? Swamp gas (no, we don't buy that one either)? Join us as we dive deep into the possibility of extraterrestrial emissaries.

Image source: Department of Defense

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: Leonard David

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Nov 04, 2022
TWiS 35: A Man on the Moon - Superauthor Andy Chaikin talks about Space Books
1:08:50

In 1994, author Andy Chaikin published a groundbreaking book about the Apollo program called A Man on the Moon. It became an instant bestseller and continues to move briskly. What was so special? It was the first comprehensive look at the Apollo program as told by the astronauts to a writer who could weave a dynamic, compelling narrative. We talk to Andy about this amazing book, his other works, and what the future holds for space books.

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: Andy Chaikin

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Oct 28, 2022
TWiS 34: Mars on Earth - Mars Scientist Pascal Lee
1:10:21

23 years ago, Mars scientist Pascal Lee started building his Haughton-Mars Project outpost on Devon Island in the high Arctic to research Mars exploration and mobility systems. Working with NASA and the SETI Intsitute, he's been at it ever since, and in August, was joined by Rod on his first visit to the base since 2019. It was a dry, cold, and dusty time... and as much fun as a team of scientists should be allowed to have.

Image credit: NASA/Mars Institute/Haughton-Mars Project

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: Pascal Lee

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Oct 21, 2022
TWiS 33: DART's Bullseye - The DART Mission's Nancy Chabot
55:24

The Coordination Lead for the DART mission, Nancy Chabot, joins us from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. With the DART asteroid impactor's recent success, we decided it was time to get the lowdown on what happened to Dimoprhos, whether it's a heap of rubble or a solid rock, and what's up next in the defense of Earth... with nary a space cowboy in sight.

Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: Nancy Chabot

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Oct 14, 2022
TWiS 32: Space Art Master! - James Vaughan, Aerospace Artist
1:03:45

In the spirit of Chesley Bonestell and Robert McCall, James Vaughan went from being an A-list fashion photographer and advertising art director in Chicago to establishing himself as one of the premiere space and aerospace illustrators of our time. How do you make that kind of transition? How do you break into commercial space art? What special benefits does an advertising and marketing background bring to this kind of work? Join Rod and Tariq as they explore the history and practice of aerospace artwork on this episode of This Week in Space.

Image credit: James Vaughan

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: James Vaughan

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Oct 07, 2022
TWiS 31: Investing in the Stars! - Steve Jurvetson and Investing in Newspace
1:07:43

If ever there was a captain of newspace, it's Steve Jurvetson. From rescuing SpaceX in their darkest hour, to investing in many of the most successful space startups, Steve has been there—and seemingly, everywhere—since the beginning of the new space age. Graduating Stanford with a degree in electrical engineering in just over two years, he's perenially one of the smartest guys in the room, and is a true space visionary. Join us for this wide-ranging discussion on the state of newspace, how the new space age will be built on private enterprise and private investment, public-private partnerships in spaceflight, and the magnificent future of spaceflight.

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: Steve Jurvetson

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Sep 30, 2022
TWiS 30: Why Space? - Propulsion Scientist Jeff Greason Talks About Why We Explore Space
1:04:33

Engineer and visionary Jeff Greason joins us to discuss why humanity must continue to explore and develop space. We then segue to what kinds of outposts we may choose to build on other worlds, how we will get there, and how entrepreneurs and nations might benefit and even make a profit. Finally, we look at our future as an interplanetary species, expanding to other star systems. Join us for this very special conversation!

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: Jeff Greason

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Sep 23, 2022
TWiS 29: Flying on Titan! - Dragonfly Mission Chief Ralph Lorenz
58:15

This week, Ralph Lorenz, the Mission Architect for the Dragonfly mission to explore Saturn's moon Titan, joins us to discuss this amazing mission to explore another world... from the air! To date, only one small probe has landed on Titan and only worked for a couple of hours. The Dragonfly quadcopter will explore the moon from the air, exploring its endless dunes and vast seas. Join us!

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: Ralph Lorenz

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Sep 16, 2022
TWiS 28: Breathing on Mars - Scientist Mike Hecht on NASA's MOXIE Experiment to Make Oxygen on Mars
55:47

Mike Hecht is the main man behind the MOXIE oxygen-making experiment on the Perseverance rover. Mars won't be much fun to explore if we can't find a way to breathe there, and we'll need fuel to come home. MOXIE was designed to make oxygen from Martian air... and it works! We'll learn how on this episode of This Week in Space.

Image credit: NASA

Hosts: Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik

Guest: Michael Hecht

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Sep 09, 2022