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This week, in our Season Finale, we are celebrating and honoring an extra-special group of people on the Weekly Space Hangout: Our Journalist Team! We are also excited to introduce our newest team member, Dr. Nick Castle from PSI, and celebrate the return of Nika (Klimovich) following her brief sabbatical. It has been an honor to work with this exc…
 
This week we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Jane Shevtsov, Mathematical Biology Instructor at UCLA, to the WSH. Her project proposal, Making Soil for Space Habitats by Seeding Asteroids with Fungi, is one of NASA's 2021 NIAC Phase I selections. Jane is a systems ecologist who teaches math for life sciences at UCLA and is developing ways of using f…
 
As we prepare to celebrate #BlackInAstro week, the WSH is excited to welcome Ashley Walker, founder and organizer of #BlackInAstro, to the show. Ashley Lindalia Walker is a planetary astrochemist and science communicator. She received her BS in Chemistry from Chicago State University, where she became the first astrochemist in the university’s hist…
 
This week we are very excited to welcome Darian Dixon, Curiosity (MSL) MMM operator and Percy's Mastcam-Z Data Management (ZDM) Lead at Malin Space Science Systems (https://www.msss.com/). Darian earned his BS in Geology in 2015 before moving to Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where he earned his MS in Planetary Geology in 2018. Wh…
 
This week we welcome Dr. Mario Borunda to the show. In his recent article published on EarthSky.com, Mario discusses advancements in warp drive technology research. You can read his article, "Warp Drives: Physicists Give Chances Of Faster-Than-Light Space Travel A Boost," here: https://earthsky.org/space/warp-drive-chances-of-faster-than-light-spac…
 
This week we welcome Dr. Jay L. Nadeau to the Weekly Space Hangout. Jay is an Associate Professor in the Physics department at Portland State University and the founder of the Nadeau Lab (https://motility.research.pdx.edu/index.html) where they research nanoparticles, fluorescence imaging, and develop instrumentation for the detection of life elsew…
 
This week we are pleased to welcome Dr. Ethan Schaler to the Weekly Space Hangout. Ethan is a Robotics Mechanical Engineer in the Robotic Actuation and Sensing Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Ethan has backgrounds in Electrical Engineering (PhD), Mechanical Engineering (BS), and Micro/Nanotechnology (MPhil), and collaborates with researc…
 
This week we are excited to welcome "Professional Martian" Dr. Tanya Harrison to the WSH. Tanya is a respected Mars expert who worked as a geoscientist and mission operations specialist on multiple NASA Mars missions over the past 13 years, including the Opportunity, Curiosity, and Perseverance rovers, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. A thought…
 
This week we aired Fraser's prerecorded interview with Dr. Ronald Mallett, Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Physics at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Ron received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics from the Pennsylvania State University. In 1975 he joined the physics faculty at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. His re…
 
This week we are excited to welcome Chelsea "Foxanne" Gohd, Senior Writer at Space.com, to the WSH. Chelsea writes articles and creates, scripts, and hosts videos about science topics ranging from climate change to exoplanet exploration and human spaceflight. In November 2020, Chelsea became an analog astronaut after having completed an analog Mars…
 
This week we are airing Fraser's pre-recorded interview with Dr. Amanda Hendrix, Senior Scientist at PSI. Amanda studies solar system bodies in ultraviolet wavelengths and is the Director/PI of the NASA Toolbox for Research and Exploration (TREX) team, a branch of NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Amanda has 20+ y…
 
This week we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Ken Shen, assistant staff researcher in the UC Berkeley astronomy department, to the Weekly Space Hangout. Ken studies the astrophysics of white dwarfs in interacting binary systems, with a focus on thermonuclear phenomena. Ken received his PhD in September 2010 in the Department of Physics at UC Santa B…
 
This week we are very excited to welcome Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein to the Weekly Space Hangout. Chanda is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is also a columnist for New Scientist and Physics World. In her first book, THE DISORDERED COSMOS: A Journ…
 
Yup - another week with no guest scheduled (we are working on it though, I promise) but fear not - I know the team will fill the hour with a slew of amazing stories!! **************************************** The Weekly Space Hangout is a production of CosmoQuest. Want to support CosmoQuest? Here are some specific ways you can help: ► Subscribe FREE…
 
This week we are pleased to welcome Dr. Casey Honniball to the WSH. Casey is a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and has extensive experience in observing, instrumentation, and telescope operation. As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, she aided in the development of a submillimeter instruments t…
 
No guest was scheduled for this week yet, but there is nothing at all wrong with spending the hour catching up on the news! **************************************** The Weekly Space Hangout is a production of CosmoQuest. Want to support CosmoQuest? Here are some specific ways you can help: ► Subscribe FREE to our YouTube channel at https://www.yout…
 
This week we are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. David Kipping, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University, to the WSH. David researches extrasolar planets and moons, including their impact on the origins of our solar system and beyond. At Columbia, he leads the Cool Worlds Lab where he and his team study extrasolar planetary systems …
 
This week we are excited to welcome Dr. Nicholas Castle from the MSL/Curiosity Mission Science Team to the WSH. Nick has been a rock-collector and space enthusiast for as long as he can remember. He is currently an active member of the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) mission operations team, where he helps coordinate activities for the Ch…
 
This week we are very pleased to be airing Fraser's pre-recorded interview with Melissa Thorpe, Interim Head of Spaceport Cornwall. Melissa is the main liaison for industry, military, Government, media, public, and schools for Spaceport Cornwall, the UK’s first horizontal launch site. Together with launch partner, Virgin Orbit, this ambitious proje…
 
This week we are excited to welcome Joseph Mallozzi to the Weekly Space Hangout. Although you may not know his name, most of us certainly recognize — and love — many of the television shows Joe has produced, written, or showran. Joseph Mallozzi is a Canadian writer, showrunner, and producer with over 20 years experience in the television industry. …
 
This week we are joined by Dr. Jani Radebaugh, Planetary Scientist from Brigham Young University. Jani's field work specializes in finding analogues to other planets here on Earth. She is a Science Team Member for the newly selected NASA Dragonfly rotorcraft lander mission to Saturn’s moon Titan. She was also involved in the Cassini and Galileo Mis…
 
Tonight we are very excited to welcome Dr. Ann Marie Cody from the SETI Institute to the WSH. In her own words, Ann Marie searches for "the weird." Young stars exhibit some pretty bizarre behaviors, all of which have astrophysical explanations. However, there may be even stranger things out there, ready to be discovered with space telescopes. Her u…
 
This week we are excited to welcome Dr. Aaron Rosengren and Di Wu to the Weekly Space Hangout. Their research team recently identified gravitational interactions which have produced a superhighway network of sorts within the Solar System. This network can reduce transport times for objects traveling between Jupiter and Neptune to decades rather tha…
 
This week we are excited to welcome Alberto Caballero, host of the Exoplanets YouTube channel, to the Weekly Space Hangout. In November 2020, arXiv published his (non-peer reviewed) paper in which Alberto indicates he has narrowed down the source of the August 1977 WOW! signal, and has potentially identified the star where it originated. Alberto Ca…
 
This week we are excited to welcome Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator from the New Horizons Mission, back to the WSH. In October, it was announced that Alan will be the first NASA-funded commercial space crewmember aboard a Virgin Galactic suborbital space mission. The flight is expected to take place in 2022; there he will perform astronomica…
 
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