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Casual Space

Aug 29, 2019

In this two-part series, RSE Dean Mikolajczyk shares several examples of how NASA learned valuable lessons from manned spaceflight mistakes including: 

(Part 2 will feature manned flights and will be posted January 2020)

  • What we learned from the Surveyer Program (the very first unmanned lunar landers)
  • Mars Polar Lander...

Aug 22, 2019

Ed shares with Beth:

  • Becoming a Space Camp Hall of Fame Honoree and meeting his childhood hero astronaut Charlie Duke
  • Details regarding the many job responsibilities the NASA Mission Control Flight Director has, getting to crew to space safely and back home safely is always the first priority.
  • Big and small success...

Aug 15, 2019

Beth Meets Airline Captain Mark Hardcastle and learns:

  • How the air force academy put Mark on the path to a future in aviation.
  • What’s Mark’s favorite plane? (It’s the Cadillac of planes)…
  • Mark explains “The magic of the 4th”
  • How do we respond when things challenge us? Mark’s got 60+ years of inspirational...

Aug 8, 2019

Robert explains…

  • While the Swedes may not be very braggadocios, they’ve launched more than 650 balloon missions with NASA, JAXA, and others to test things in 50+ kilometer altitudes…and more than 550 rocket launches! They go straight up, 400-700 kilometers, and come right back down, (often in the snow).
  • Launching...

Aug 1, 2019

This week, Beth gains a deeper understanding & appreciation on how COMPUTERS help NASA explore the cosmos with her returning guest and Resident Space Expert Dean Mikolajczyk. Here are the highlights:

  • Dean shares his insights from his days as programmer for the MARS rovers Spirit and Opportunity!
  • Dean explains how a...