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NuSTAR

Podcast: NuStar: NASA’s Newest X-Ray Eyes

  • By Sara Mitchell
  • October 12, 2012
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Click to listen! (7.5MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) It’s an exciting experience for any space geek to watch a new satellite launch into orbit. Even through an online video feed, it’s thrilling to see something that Earthlings worked for years to create headed for its new home, … Continue Reading →


Phil Plait

Podcast: Keeping Skepticism Alive, Part 1 of our Interview with “The Bad Astronomer,” Dr. Phil Plait

Click to listen! (9MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) At its heart, science is about asking questions – looking at the universe around us and asking, “How? Why?” Science takes our natural curiosity and adds structure and rigor, examining things methodically to answer our questions and ask the … Continue Reading →


astrophysicist to the stars

Podcast: Astrophysicist to the Stars

When I first met Dr. David Saltzberg, he was rushing by with a big box of multicolored dry-erase pens. As the science advisor for the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory, he provides the technical content for each episode’s whiteboards as well as the scripts and other aspects of production. … Continue Reading →


Big Bang Theory Set

Podcast: When Science Inspires Comedy

One of the bonuses of our set visit to The Big Bang Theory was that we got the chance to talk to co-creator and executive producer Bill Prady about how the show came to be, and how they get the science right in every episode. Since much of what we … Continue Reading →


In the Astrozone

Podcast: In the AstroZone

Click to listen! (8MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) Wouldn’t it be exciting to do astronomy in the Amazon, surrounded by the wild plants and animals of the rainforest?  In January, visitors to the AstroZone event in Washington, DC, got to do something like that – they met … Continue Reading →


Podcast: At the Edge of Space

Podcast: At the Edge of Space

Click to listen! (8MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) When you were a kid, dreaming of the future, did you expect to have a flying car someday? Or to live on the Moon? Traveling into space has fueled the dreams of many people, but the reality is that … Continue Reading →


First light last paycheck

Podcast: First Light, Last Paycheck?

Working at NASA can provide unique and exciting job opportunities. It can be the chance of a lifetime to work on a satellite and see the products of your hard work launched into space.  The flip side is that many projects only span a few years, so your dream job … Continue Reading →


Podcast: A Meeting of the Minds

Podcast: A Meeting of the Minds

Click to listen! (6.3MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) Professional meetings are a part of the lives of most scientists – but what actually goes on at one of these? It’s not just sitting in meetings and listening to talks!  These meetings offer an opportunity to share exciting … Continue Reading →


Podcast: Science at the End of the Earth, Part II

Podcast: Science at the End of the Earth, Part II

Click to listen! (6.4MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) A remote research outpost like McMurdo Station in Antarctica draws many different kinds of people – scientists, engineers, writers, artists, and more.  The station provides many of the comforts of home, and it’s difficult to get bored with the … Continue Reading →


Podcast: Science at the End of the Earth, Part I

Podcast: Science at the End of the Earth, Part I

  • By Sara Mitchell
  • December 31, 2009
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Click to listen! (7MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) Hunting for antimatter requires a serious expedition.  Scientists aren’t looking for run-of-the-mill particles – they’re collecting cosmic radiation that could be the signature of primordial black holes or other forms of dark matter.  With instruments suspended from enormous scientific … Continue Reading →


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