Episode 15 — Curiosity: The Hardest Working Rover [Emily Lakdawalla]
Emily Lakdawalla, author of The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job and planetary evangelist and senior editor at The Planetary Society, joins Rae and Steve to discuss NASA’s Curiosity, the car-sized rover exploring Mars.
This episode was released on July 10, 2018.
Episode 14 — Beyond the Billionaire Space Cowboys [Natalya Bailey]
Despite being rife with rich white dudes, Bailey, who was recently named one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 innovators under 35, has found the private space industry to be inclusive and collaborative. The goal of her company, in particular, is to make more affordable propulsion systems: “Satellites are becoming more affordable and accessible but the propulsion systems — the ion engines they need to maneuver and perform their jobs in space — are not becoming more affordable. So that’s what we’re trying to address.”
This episode was released on July 3, 2018.
Mini-Episode 2 — NASA Digs Up Major Clues About Life on Mars
There’s organic material on Mars! But just what does that mean?
In this mini-episode, astronomer David Weintraub talks to Steve about the importance of the NASA Mars announcements on June 7. We also recruit senior staff writer Peter Hess to contextualize the findings from the two papers.
To hear the full conversation with astronomer and Vanderbilt University professor David Weintraub, tune in next week!
This mini-episode was released on June 7, 2018.
Episode 9 — Are Aliens Farting on Mars? [Taylor Wilson]
Nuclear physicist and VICE on HBO correspondent Taylor Wilson is all about being curious. “The moment you stop being curious, you stop being a scientist,” Wilson says. “Being curious about the way the world works, how it could work better… is at the heart of being a scientist and explorer.”
In episode nine of I Need My Space, Wilson talks to co-host, Steve Ward, about the search for extraterrestrial life and the playlist he has queued up for the day the signatures of life are found in outer space.
Wilson, who was the youngest person to achieve nuclear fusion at 14, tells us about how nuclear energy could play a role in space exploration, and why Europa might be have life-inducing conditions.
This episode was released on May 29, 2018.