Mission: Interplanetary

Mission: Interplanetary

Join Astronaut Cady Coleman and scientist/author Andrew Maynard as they explore the unique visions of those working to take us to new worlds.Mission: Interplanetary looks at the big questions, the challenges to overcome, and the opportunities within reach. We talk to the people imagining, designing, and building the future of humans in space.Join us for a glimpse into futures that lie far beyond the bounds of Earth.

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May 11, 2021 42 min
Space begins some sixty-two miles above the surface of the Earth, but for most people it feels far more distant. Cady and Andrew talk with Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary for Science and Research at the Smithsonian, about bringing space closer to people. Also, space debris in the news, the problem with rotating space stations, and a new Sounds of Space. This week’s Sounds of Space from the great folks at System Sounds. Hosts Cady Co...
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More than half a million bits of deadly space junk are racing around our planet. What do we do about that? Cady and Andrew talk to NASA astronaut Mark Brown about the problem of orbital debris. Also, the passing of legendary astronaut Michael Collins, daffodils, the sci-fi of Toby Weston, and a new Sounds of Space. Check out this week’s Sounds of Space here. Hosts Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard Twitter Interplanetary Initiative...
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April 27, 2021 44 min
What happens if you murder someone in space? Cady and Andrew talk to space lawyer Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty about the laws that govern us when we leave Earth. Also, Ingenuity flies on Mars, Star Cops, Battlestar Galactica, and a new Sounds of Space. This week’s Sounds of Space comes from the great folks at System Sounds. Hosts Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard Twitter Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty: @Timiebi89 Interplanetary Initiative: ...
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April 20, 2021 39 min
Nothing lasts forever, including the universe. So how will it all end? Cady and Andrew talk with theoretical astrophysicist Katie Mack about the ultimate destruction of the cosmos. Also, comfort food on the ISS, crocheting, and a new Sounds of Space.  This week’s Sounds of Space link. Data processed by Alexander G. Kosovichev. Hosts Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard Twitter Natalie Trevino: @AstroKatie Interplanetary Initiative...
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April 13, 2021 40 min
The last Age of Exploration was a disaster. How can we craft better models for a new Space Age? Cady and Andrew talk with space theoretician Natalie Trevino about decolonizing space exploration. Also, new obsessions, Yuri’s Night, and new Sounds of Space. Find the full recording of this week’s Sounds of Space here. Hosts Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard Twitter Natalie Trevino: @nat_geo_theory Interplanetary Initiative: @I...
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April 6, 2021 35 min
Why are we so fixated on Mars? Cady and Andrew talk with author and journalist David Baron about the surprising history behind our fascination with the Red Planet. Also, a new (and very musical) Sounds of Space. This week’s Sounds of Space link. NASA/CXC/SAO/K. Arcand, M. Russo & A. Santaguida. Hosts Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard Twitter Interplanetary Initiative: @II_ASU Cady Coleman: @Astro_Cady Andrew Maynard: &#...
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March 30, 2021 32 min
In this episode, we ask: Should the first human mission to Mars have an all-women crew? Cady and Andrew talk with science fiction writer Mary Robinette Kowal and professional Martian Tanya Harrison about who should go to Mars.  Landing on the Moon was “one small step for man.” Should we think differently about the first humans to step foot on Mars? Also, a new Sounds of Space. Hosts Cady Coleman  Andrew Maynard Follow  Twitter: &...
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March 23, 2021 34 min
In our first episode, we ask: What can a distant asteroid teach us about the history of our solar system? Cady and Andrew talk with Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the leader of NASA’s mission to the asteroid 16 Psyche. Planets get all the good press; asteroids often seem anonymous. But 16 Psyche is a unique metal world that may hold secrets to the history of our own planet. Also, Sounds of Space. More on NASA’s Psyche mission: https://psyche...
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March 11, 2021 1 min
Join Astronaut Cady Coleman and scientist/author Andrew Maynard as they explore the unique visions of those working to take us to new worlds. Mission: Interplanetary looks at the big questions, the challenges to overcome, and the opportunities within reach. We talk to the people imagining, designing, and building the future of humans in space. Join us for a glimpse into futures that live far beyond the bounds of earth. Learn more a...
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