On Episode 121 Dr. Harrison Schmitt, the Apollo 17 lunar module pilot and the only geologist to walk on the Moon, discusses the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program, his Apollo 17 mission, what is scientifically interesting about the Moon, and what we have to look forward to during the Artemis program.
Amidst the grandeur of spaceflight, there is a tiny bit of technology that, if not for its major role, might otherwise go unnoticed: distress beacons. This NASA-developed search-and-rescue technology could be life-saving not just for astronauts, but for travelers across the globe as well. https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/goddard/2019/the-invisible-network-podcast-episode-10-406-mhz
Finding black rocks in the darkness of space isn’t easy, but new methods could help spot them all.
For Episode 120, Chris Hansen, manager of the Extravehicular Activity Office, talks about the next generation of spacesuits designed for the Artemis Program. Hansen discusses the features, development, and testing of the two suits, and he previews upcoming milestones before these new suits are worn by the next astronauts on the Moon. This episode was recorded on October 30th, 2019.
NASA TechPort’s Patrick Murphy and Ryan Miller discuss how technologists and innovators can use the tool to exchange ideas for groundbreaking solutions.
Every year, intrepid Antarctica explorers hunt for space rocks that have fallen to Earth.
Spacecraft near Earth have long relied on GPS signals for navigation, just as users on the ground might use their phones to navigate the highways. Farther away, navigation becomes more challenging. Satellites between 1,860 miles and about 22,000 miles from Earth rely on a different navigation network — one that our home planet often gets in the way of. https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/goddard/2019/the-invisible-network-podcast-episode-09-lobes
On Episode 119, Heather Bergman, Justin Cassidy, and Drew Hood discuss how unique tools were developed to complete the on-orbit repair of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a space particle detector that’s hot on the trail of dark matter and dark energy. This is part three of a three-part series on AMS.
"Form follows function" is an oft-cited architectural axiom. In space, form doesn’t necessarily follow function. Human space habitation is rooted, by necessity, in pragmatism. The architectures of Earth won’t work in space. There will be unique design challenges that come from this extreme environment — but, while space habitats might not resemble traditional terrestrial structures, there are still plenty of lessons to be learned from Earthbound architectural theories as we extend our reach among the stars. https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/goddard/2019/the-invisible-network-podcast-episode-08-form-and-function
What’s in a name? Whether you call it a planet or an asteroid, missions that explore small worlds are always exciting.
For Episode 118, Tara Jochim and Brian Mader talk about a unique and difficult set of spacewalks to repair an experiment called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. The two discuss the work that has been done so far to prepare for these spacewalks and what the teams will be doing to execute these complicated maneuvers. This episode was recorded on October 9th, 2019.
NASA Swamp Works Senior Technologist Rob Mueller discusses technologies being developed for missions to the Moon and Mars.
In recent years, NASA has renewed its focus on the Moon. Soon, we will look up at the Moon and rediscover a magic first experienced in 1969. It’s a magic that will flow through networks more sophisticated than ever before — an appreciation for the technological wonders that lay ahead, just above and all around us. https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/goddard/2019/the-invisible-network-podcast-episode-07-hunter-gatherer/
Every summer, fresh faces flood NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. They are the interns. Each new face comes with an idea to share — a contribution to make to the agency. https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/goddard/2019/the-invisible-network-podcast-2019-interns
In the tiny Arctic town of Ny-Ålesund, where polar bears outnumber people, winter means three months without sunlight. The unending darkness is ideal for those who seek a strange breed of northern lights, normally obscured by daylight. When these unusual auroras shine, Earth's atmosphere leaks into space. NASA scientists traveled to Ny-Ålesund to launch rockets through these auroras and witness oxygen particles right in the middle of their escape. Piercing these fleeting auroras, some 300 miles high, would require strategy, patience — and a fair bit of luck. This is their story. Photo credit: NASA/Allison Stancil-Ervin Read the text version of this piece: https://go.nasa.gov/2XgaA9x
Asteroids, ho! Pioneering space miners dream of Psyche, the largest metal asteroid in the solar system.
In Episode 117, Dr. Brandon Reddell discusses astrophysics, cosmology, and the science behind the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an experiment looking for evidence of antimatter and dark matter in the cosmos. This is part one of a three-part series on AMS.
Why are missions like OSIRIS-REx bringing pieces of an asteroid back home?
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Chief Knowledge Officer Ed Rogers discusses the complex human elements involved in disasters such as the Space Shuttle Columbia accident.
For Episode 116 Nujoud Merancy, Exploration Mission Planning Office Chief, returns to the podcast to explain how the mission architecture of the Artemis program differs from Apollo and why it is important to develop a sustainable presence on the Moon.