space exploration

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 418

In this episode of SciTech Now, we see how one community is getting ready for climate change and urban renewal; a look into how signals in our bodies indicate the onset of diseases; the future of space exploration; and a mobile app changing the parking game by allowing drivers to park with a scannable code.

Tiny satellites, can they democratize space?

For almost 60 years, mankind has been placing satellites in orbit. They’re usually large, complex and very expensive, but since 2003, a class of tiny satellites called CubeSats has been democratizing access to space by giving researchers, academics and even school kids the opportunity to participate in space science.

SciTech Now Episode 226

Tiny satellites called CubeSats have democratized space science; blended learning combines in-person teaching with tech; a high school student and a science corporation pave the way for easier use of ethanol as renewable energy; and a mouse-like creature with massive hind legs teaches us about the growth of human bones.

The marvelous life of a historic space shuttle

The space shuttle Atlantis first launched in 1985, logging 33 missions and more than 125 million miles during its years in service. This piece of cosmic history is now on display at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and tells the tale of NASA’s 30 year space shuttle program.

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 […]

SciTech Now Episode 220

In this episode of SciTech Now, scientists work to grow plants in extreme conditions; an app predicts your seven year romantic outlook; and automation and robots are introduced to one of the oldest trades: brick laying.

The future of Mars exploration

Mars is the next major destination in space travel, and it’s going to take a new generation of budding scientists to get us there. Planetary physicist Phil Metzger explains when and how we’ll get there.

Could humans settle on other planets?

Phil Metzger, a planetary physicist at the University of Central Florida Space Institute, discusses whether or not humans could settle on other planets and moons.

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the future of space

As director of the Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, author and host of his own science talk show and podcast, Neil deGrasse Tyson has made a career of learning about the universe and helping the rest of us understand it. Reporter Andrea Vasquez talked with Dr. Tyson about the future of space exploration and […]