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The Science of Ad Astra

In this special episode we hurtle into deep space to explore the new Brad Pitt movie AD ASTRA. Apocalypse Now in space. Our intrepid hosts attempt to answer the questions of our special guests; 12 year old Eddie and 15 year old Oliver. Dig our state of the art recording facility Like is it possible for there to be a car chase…sorry…a badass lunar rover chase(!) on the moon? And what happens to your body and your mind when you’re in deep space for 30 years? (Hint-it’s not great) I’m sure he’s going to be fine. Not only is AD ASTRA a compelling film but it also might be the best looking movie of the year. (And that’s not just because it stars hunky Brad Pitt.) “What do you mean you dropped the wrench?” If you have questions or comments about this episode, you can join the discussion on our Facebook page, respond in the comments section below orCLICK HERE. And while you’re thinking of us, how about leaving a review at your podcast provider of choice (iTunes, Stitcher, etc.)? ...

39 MIN3 w ago
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The Science of Ad Astra

A Year In Space

Traveling to distant planets is not a quick journey so what happens to the human body during all that time in space? Glad you asked. In this ep, Bill and Chuck get down to the nitty gritty about long-term space travel. Thanks to astronaut Scott Kelly (and his Earth-bound twin brother Mark) we’ve got some actual answers to the long-term effects of space travel. Isn’t that the dude from Genesis? And is it true that astronauts have to get real creative when it comes to recycling their fluids in space? If so…how creative…? You do NOT want to know what’s in that vial Chuck’s son Eddie wants to know how spacious our inter-planetary ships will be as we travel to Mars. Here’s a quick look inside the new Orion capsule where the astronauts will spend most of their time. Will Eddie be able to chase his brother Oliver around the ship or will he have to torment him up close and personal? A brief moment of calm before the Sibling Storm hits. Hopefully Orion is bigger than those old Apollo ...

38 MINJUL 8
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A Year In Space

Women On The Moon vs Godzilla!!

In this episode Bill and Chuck want to know what it’s going to take to finally get some estrogen on the moon! NASA has announced an ambitious plan to get both men AND women on the moon by 2024. They are calling it the ARTEMIS program. This effort to put a woman on the moon should not be confused with the Steve Gutenberg and Arsenio Hall classic from 1987. Carrie Fisher AND Henny Youngman? How bad can it be? How realistic is this 2024 target date? Will we have to sacrifice other missions to get this done? Bill has the expert’s insight. Calling the program ARTEMIS, the twin of Greek God Apollo, is brilliant. We’re looking forward to the moon having the same diversity as the Earth. By the way, Andy Weir’s follow up to The Martian is a fun, quick read called Artemis. Check out the audio book featuring Rosario Dawson! Also on this episode, Bill gives us an update on the commercialization of spaceflight. With Space X’s recent troubles, are we still on schedule to get humans back in s...

41 MINJUN 3
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Women On The Moon vs Godzilla!!

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

In honor of AVENGERS: ENDGAME, this episode we are all about the Marvel Cinematic Universe!! Bill and Chuck are joined by two Marvel experts (who also happen to be Chuck’s two children, Oliver and Eddie) to discuss some of the most pressing scientific questions in the MCU. How close are we to developing military armor like Iron Man’s? Watch out, Mandarin! How long could you survive in outer space without a space suit (like Peter Quill in the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)? Save me Groot! Could someone really turn into The Hulk if they got blasted by a gamma bomb? Hulk need chemo! When Thor travels via the Bifrost, isn’t that similar to what we call wormholes? I’m coming for you, Jane Foster. If you have questions or comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, please feel free to respond in the comments section below, or CLICK HERE And while you’re thinking of us, how about leaving a review at your podcast provider of choice (iTunes, Stitcher, etc.)? We sure would appreciate it.

35 MINAPR 26
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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Black Hole Fun

In this episode of Ask A Rocket Scientist, Bill and Chuck have Black Hole Fever How in the world were scientists able to look back in time 53 million years to snap this picture? “My God, it’s full of stars….” Also, did they really ‘snap’ that picture or meticulously assemble it from stacks of hard drives? Hope they never need the Geek Squad And Chuck thought taking a picture of his over-active kids was a challenge…. We continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by dissecting the recent IMAX documentary APOLLO 11. APOLLO 11 OFFICIAL TRAILER And finally, Space X takes one more giant step towards putting humans in space via something called Man Dragon!! https://www.space.com/spacex-launches-crew-dragon-test-flight.html BONUS FOOTAGE of our sound engineer Marlin checking to make sure our microphones were set up properly. that’s a good kitty If you have questions or comments about this episode, please feel free to respond in the comments section below, o...

34 MINAPR 16
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Black Hole Fun

A Bad Day in Space

In this episode of Ask A Rocket Scientist Chuck wants to know: How is it possible that an astronaut and a cosmonaut successfully escaped from atop an exploding rocket last October? These two men were on their way to the International Space Station when their Soyuz rocket experienced critical failure and jettisoned them away from the explosion. “Hey Bill, what the…?!?!” Here’s the news story from space.com Watch the Incredible Video Footage Also in this episode we talk about the stunning new film FIRST MAN, starring Ryan Gosling. Our lingering question: Why didn’t we ever hear from Neil Armstrong after that momentous first leap for mankind? First Man – Official Trailer Finally, our listener Butch Farber wants to know if we should be concerned with two black holes apparently joining forces. (Don’t worry Butch. The short answer is ‘No’ (at least not yet, anyway). You can read about it here. If you have questions or comments about this episode, please feel free to leave them in...

36 MINFEB 9
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A Bad Day in Space

Say Hello to Planet Nine

In this episode, Bill and Chuck discuss the discovery of a brand new planet in the distant outskirts of our solar system. No, it’s not Pluto (don’t get us started on that topic!). Also, Chuck’s son Oliver has seen every Star Wars movie at least 20 times. He loves them all (yes, even Eps 1-3) but there’s one thing about those movies that really bugs him. He’ll ask Bill for an explanation. Then we hear from a listener named Danny who’s curious about new methods of powering our space travels. Any chance we can speed up our future trips to other planets? If you have a question or want to suggest a topic for our Rocket Scientist, send us a message and who knows, you could be a part of a future episode!

32 MIN2018 DEC 23
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Say Hello to Planet Nine

Martians and Space Lasers

On this episode of Ask A Rocket Scientist, Bill and Chuck discuss the real potential for life on Mars. Do the recent discoveries point to microbial life? If so, how much longer until we make contact with Marvin The Martian? Also, Russia says they are working on a laser to shoot down space debris. What!?!? Freakin’ Space Lasers? Awesome!! And speaking of space debris, how realistic is the movie Gravity in depicting the potential destructive force of all those little satellite chunks up there? Want more info? Check out these links: Curiosity’s Methane Discovery Space Lasers!! Gravity and the Kessler Syndrome

41 MIN2018 NOV 12
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Martians and Space Lasers

Space Tourism

What Does the Immediate Future Hold for Consumer Space Travel? In this week’s episode, Bill and Chuck discuss the practicality of becoming a tourist in space. Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and a host of others want to get us there but will it really be worth it? We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movie 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and chat about whether the science in the movie is grounded in reality or just a bunch of poppycock. Finally, a listener wants to know why we have yet to explore the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Feel free to leave a comment, suggest a topic or Ask A Rocket Scientist at our websiteiheartrocketscience.com

38 MIN2018 OCT 1
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Space Tourism

Finding Life in the Universe

Welcome to the Ask A Rocket Scientist podcast. In this inaugural episode Bill and Chuck talk about finding life in the universe in the next twenty years, the scientific accuracy of INTERSTELLAR and why we’ll never see the dark side of the moon. All that plus a reference to the Ernest Borgnine classic THE BLACK HOLE. (contains some explicit language) Music/Intro courtesy of Leopold Damschroder

29 MIN2017 NOV 5
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Finding Life in the Universe
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Latest Episodes

The Science of Ad Astra

In this special episode we hurtle into deep space to explore the new Brad Pitt movie AD ASTRA. Apocalypse Now in space. Our intrepid hosts attempt to answer the questions of our special guests; 12 year old Eddie and 15 year old Oliver. Dig our state of the art recording facility Like is it possible for there to be a car chase…sorry…a badass lunar rover chase(!) on the moon? And what happens to your body and your mind when you’re in deep space for 30 years? (Hint-it’s not great) I’m sure he’s going to be fine. Not only is AD ASTRA a compelling film but it also might be the best looking movie of the year. (And that’s not just because it stars hunky Brad Pitt.) “What do you mean you dropped the wrench?” If you have questions or comments about this episode, you can join the discussion on our Facebook page, respond in the comments section below orCLICK HERE. And while you’re thinking of us, how about leaving a review at your podcast provider of choice (iTunes, Stitcher, etc.)? ...

39 MIN3 w ago
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The Science of Ad Astra

A Year In Space

Traveling to distant planets is not a quick journey so what happens to the human body during all that time in space? Glad you asked. In this ep, Bill and Chuck get down to the nitty gritty about long-term space travel. Thanks to astronaut Scott Kelly (and his Earth-bound twin brother Mark) we’ve got some actual answers to the long-term effects of space travel. Isn’t that the dude from Genesis? And is it true that astronauts have to get real creative when it comes to recycling their fluids in space? If so…how creative…? You do NOT want to know what’s in that vial Chuck’s son Eddie wants to know how spacious our inter-planetary ships will be as we travel to Mars. Here’s a quick look inside the new Orion capsule where the astronauts will spend most of their time. Will Eddie be able to chase his brother Oliver around the ship or will he have to torment him up close and personal? A brief moment of calm before the Sibling Storm hits. Hopefully Orion is bigger than those old Apollo ...

38 MINJUL 8
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A Year In Space

Women On The Moon vs Godzilla!!

In this episode Bill and Chuck want to know what it’s going to take to finally get some estrogen on the moon! NASA has announced an ambitious plan to get both men AND women on the moon by 2024. They are calling it the ARTEMIS program. This effort to put a woman on the moon should not be confused with the Steve Gutenberg and Arsenio Hall classic from 1987. Carrie Fisher AND Henny Youngman? How bad can it be? How realistic is this 2024 target date? Will we have to sacrifice other missions to get this done? Bill has the expert’s insight. Calling the program ARTEMIS, the twin of Greek God Apollo, is brilliant. We’re looking forward to the moon having the same diversity as the Earth. By the way, Andy Weir’s follow up to The Martian is a fun, quick read called Artemis. Check out the audio book featuring Rosario Dawson! Also on this episode, Bill gives us an update on the commercialization of spaceflight. With Space X’s recent troubles, are we still on schedule to get humans back in s...

41 MINJUN 3
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Women On The Moon vs Godzilla!!

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

In honor of AVENGERS: ENDGAME, this episode we are all about the Marvel Cinematic Universe!! Bill and Chuck are joined by two Marvel experts (who also happen to be Chuck’s two children, Oliver and Eddie) to discuss some of the most pressing scientific questions in the MCU. How close are we to developing military armor like Iron Man’s? Watch out, Mandarin! How long could you survive in outer space without a space suit (like Peter Quill in the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)? Save me Groot! Could someone really turn into The Hulk if they got blasted by a gamma bomb? Hulk need chemo! When Thor travels via the Bifrost, isn’t that similar to what we call wormholes? I’m coming for you, Jane Foster. If you have questions or comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, please feel free to respond in the comments section below, or CLICK HERE And while you’re thinking of us, how about leaving a review at your podcast provider of choice (iTunes, Stitcher, etc.)? We sure would appreciate it.

35 MINAPR 26
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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Black Hole Fun

In this episode of Ask A Rocket Scientist, Bill and Chuck have Black Hole Fever How in the world were scientists able to look back in time 53 million years to snap this picture? “My God, it’s full of stars….” Also, did they really ‘snap’ that picture or meticulously assemble it from stacks of hard drives? Hope they never need the Geek Squad And Chuck thought taking a picture of his over-active kids was a challenge…. We continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by dissecting the recent IMAX documentary APOLLO 11. APOLLO 11 OFFICIAL TRAILER And finally, Space X takes one more giant step towards putting humans in space via something called Man Dragon!! https://www.space.com/spacex-launches-crew-dragon-test-flight.html BONUS FOOTAGE of our sound engineer Marlin checking to make sure our microphones were set up properly. that’s a good kitty If you have questions or comments about this episode, please feel free to respond in the comments section below, o...

34 MINAPR 16
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Black Hole Fun

A Bad Day in Space

In this episode of Ask A Rocket Scientist Chuck wants to know: How is it possible that an astronaut and a cosmonaut successfully escaped from atop an exploding rocket last October? These two men were on their way to the International Space Station when their Soyuz rocket experienced critical failure and jettisoned them away from the explosion. “Hey Bill, what the…?!?!” Here’s the news story from space.com Watch the Incredible Video Footage Also in this episode we talk about the stunning new film FIRST MAN, starring Ryan Gosling. Our lingering question: Why didn’t we ever hear from Neil Armstrong after that momentous first leap for mankind? First Man – Official Trailer Finally, our listener Butch Farber wants to know if we should be concerned with two black holes apparently joining forces. (Don’t worry Butch. The short answer is ‘No’ (at least not yet, anyway). You can read about it here. If you have questions or comments about this episode, please feel free to leave them in...

36 MINFEB 9
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A Bad Day in Space

Say Hello to Planet Nine

In this episode, Bill and Chuck discuss the discovery of a brand new planet in the distant outskirts of our solar system. No, it’s not Pluto (don’t get us started on that topic!). Also, Chuck’s son Oliver has seen every Star Wars movie at least 20 times. He loves them all (yes, even Eps 1-3) but there’s one thing about those movies that really bugs him. He’ll ask Bill for an explanation. Then we hear from a listener named Danny who’s curious about new methods of powering our space travels. Any chance we can speed up our future trips to other planets? If you have a question or want to suggest a topic for our Rocket Scientist, send us a message and who knows, you could be a part of a future episode!

32 MIN2018 DEC 23
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Say Hello to Planet Nine

Martians and Space Lasers

On this episode of Ask A Rocket Scientist, Bill and Chuck discuss the real potential for life on Mars. Do the recent discoveries point to microbial life? If so, how much longer until we make contact with Marvin The Martian? Also, Russia says they are working on a laser to shoot down space debris. What!?!? Freakin’ Space Lasers? Awesome!! And speaking of space debris, how realistic is the movie Gravity in depicting the potential destructive force of all those little satellite chunks up there? Want more info? Check out these links: Curiosity’s Methane Discovery Space Lasers!! Gravity and the Kessler Syndrome

41 MIN2018 NOV 12
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Martians and Space Lasers

Space Tourism

What Does the Immediate Future Hold for Consumer Space Travel? In this week’s episode, Bill and Chuck discuss the practicality of becoming a tourist in space. Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and a host of others want to get us there but will it really be worth it? We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movie 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and chat about whether the science in the movie is grounded in reality or just a bunch of poppycock. Finally, a listener wants to know why we have yet to explore the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Feel free to leave a comment, suggest a topic or Ask A Rocket Scientist at our websiteiheartrocketscience.com

38 MIN2018 OCT 1
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Space Tourism

Finding Life in the Universe

Welcome to the Ask A Rocket Scientist podcast. In this inaugural episode Bill and Chuck talk about finding life in the universe in the next twenty years, the scientific accuracy of INTERSTELLAR and why we’ll never see the dark side of the moon. All that plus a reference to the Ernest Borgnine classic THE BLACK HOLE. (contains some explicit language) Music/Intro courtesy of Leopold Damschroder

29 MIN2017 NOV 5
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Finding Life in the Universe
the END