astronauts

Experiencing Space Tourism

Many of us dream of exploring space but few of us will ever have this opportunity. Space tourism however has opened the possibility for citizens to join astronauts at the International Space Station. Greg Olsen who celebrates the 13th anniversary of his almost 10 day space exploration joins Hari Sreenivasan now to discuss being the […]

SciTech Now Episode 342

In this episode of SciTech Now, the training of America’s astronauts; a look into the research of hacking the human body; a middle school’s STEM Day motivating future scientists; and a look inside the lab at the Material Research Institute at Penn State University.

Training America’s astronauts

Many of America’s astronauts learn celestial navigation at Morehead Planetarium at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus. More than 50 years after training there, former astronaut Jim Lovell returns to Morehead.

The story of retired astronaut Michael Massimino

Not many people can say they’ve graduated both from Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have published their memoir and have flown space missions with NASA except for our guest. Today, retired astronaut Michael Massimino is a mechanical engineering professor at Columbia Engineering School. He joins Hari Sreenivasan.

SciTech Now Episode 332

In this episode of SciTech Now, a look into a lab as researchers estimate the number of roach species on the planet; the story of retired astronaut Michael Massimino; virtual reality and the patient experience; and a look into the sustainability of guitar making.

Life on Europa

The presence of ice and oxygen on Europa, one of Jupiter’s four moons, has lead scientists to think that the moon could harbor extraterrestrial life. Led by astrobiologist Kevin Hand at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, scientists are using chilled vacuum chambers to simulate what life might be like on Europa with the hope that astronauts […]

Lighting the International Space Station

Astronauts at the International Space Station experience 16 sunrises and sunsets a day. To combat chronic insomnia, NASA has installed special lightbulbs. Now, these bulbs are available to consumers. Fred Maxik, founder of the Lighting Science Group joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss lighting science.

Harvesting plants in space

For humans to travel to the moon and Mars, they’ll need to bring a lowly weed. Just as actor Matt Damon attempts to survive on Mars in the movie The Martian by cultivating plants in unfavorable conditions, real life astronauts interested in colonizing Mars may also need to understand how to grow plants in extreme […]