Intuitive Machines and a nuclear reactor for the Moon
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
2w ago
The Chief Scientist for Intuitive Machines, Ben Bussey, joins Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham to talk through the first US soft landing on the Moon since 1972, IM-1. They discuss the landing, the broken legs, experiments and whether the IM control room is really based on Star Trek. Sue also travels to Farnborough to meet the chief engineer for novel nuclear at Rolls Royce, Jake Thompson. He hopes to build a nuclear reactor for a future Moonbase. Plus how Cornwall is fast becoming a centre for lunar communications.Contact us @spaceboffins on Facebook and X or email podcast@spaceboffins.com Li ..read more
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America's return to the Moon and UK lunar ambitions
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
1M ago
After the first soft Moon landing from the US in over 50 years, Ken Kremer shares his excitement for Intuitive Machine's Odysseus lander, NASA's ongoing lunar ambitions, and his concerns over China stealing a lunar edge. Also UK Space Agency Head of Space Exploration, Libby Jackson on Artemis 2 and 3, Gateway and the all-British Axiom mission. Plus the decisions going into de-orbiting a satellite... (Image IM-1 lunar descent, courtesy Intuitive Machines). Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists ..read more
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Moonwalkers, and NASA flight director Gerry Griffin
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
2M ago
Legendary NASA flight director Gerry Griffin and award-winning filmmaker Chris Riley join Space Boffins after a showing of London's immersive Moonwalkers exhibition. Gerry discusses working on the Apollo missions and that infamous SCE to AUX switch as well as his thoughts on Artemis and a verdict on Moonwalkers. We also hear how Chris co-wrote the show with Tom Hanks, who played Jim Lovell in the Apollo 13 movie. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists ..read more
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Brits in Space!
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
6M ago
With the announcement of a planned all-UK astronaut mission, hosts Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson chat to ESA reserve astronaut Meganne Christian about astronaut selection, life in Antarctica and commercial space stations. Tim Peake - the possible commander of the Axiom mission - talks about his new book, Space The Human Story, which covers the history of human spaceflight from an astronaut's perspective. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists ..read more
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Shuttle Blankets and Space Burials
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
6M ago
A Shuttle emergency you may not have heard of, sending your DNA into space, and a scientist studying the samples from asteroid Bennu. Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham meet Natural History Museum meteorites curator, Natasha Vasiliki Almeida, and talk to Celestis founder, Charles Chafer, about sending your remains into space. Plus Sue chats to Jean Wright about sewing the blankets for the Space Shuttle, and a space repair reminiscent of Apollo 13. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists ..read more
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Gui Bluford, and the end of ESA's Aeolus
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
8M ago
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Space junk, giant claws and dark skies
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
9M ago
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Hitchin to Houston: NASA's new science head
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
1y ago
NASA's new head of science, Dr Nicola Fox, joins Space Boffins to chat about Mars sample return, solar missions and asteroids. Also, ESA new astronaut recruit, Pablo Alvarez, and experienced astronaut Alexander Gerst on preparations for the Artemis missions to the Moon, and we discuss the joy of boffins, Starship's rapid unscheduled disassembly and which ESA astronaut will be the first to step on the lunar surface? Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists ..read more
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Space Toilets and the New Guys
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
1y ago
It's the burning question that every space fan wants to know...what's the toilet like in SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft? ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer reveals what a mission in the Dragon is like. He also talks about his Cosmic Kiss mission to the International Space Station and future Moon missions. Plus, author Meredith Bagby discusses her new book about the 35 New Guys - the group of Space Shuttle astronauts who changed spaceflight forever... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists ..read more
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Mike Massimino and Meet the Minister
Space Boffins, from the Naked Scientists
by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson
1y ago
Two big interviews this month: Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham meet Hubble astronaut Mike Massimino and UK 'Space Minister' George Freeman MP. Mike chats about how he was inspired by Apollo, Artemis, Hubble and what he learned from astronaut legend John Young about going to the toilet on the Moon. With the Minister we talk about launch from the UK, the recent European Space Agency (ESA) Council of Ministers meeting, astronauts, Mars and cleaning up space. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists ..read more
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