The Space Show 1 Dec 2018, 17:32 UTC We welcomed back Dr. Haym Benaroya to discuss our lunar policy, returning to the Moon, planning a human lunar return mission, commercial lunar market potential, advocacy action and more. During the first segment of our two segment two hour six minute discussion, Dr. Benaroya and I discussed our lunar return mission, the need for mission planning and the apparent absence of substantial pre-planning mission requirements making us both have doubt about our return to the Moon policy.. Dr. Benaroya suggested that given the absence of real mission planning, that perhaps our lunar return efforts were not that serious. What do you think? Please let us know by posting on the blog.
StarDate Online 1 Dec 2018, 06:00 UTC In the 1960s and ’70s, America and the Soviet Union sent dozens of missions to the Moon. Today, though, lunar exploration is a multi-national enterprise. In recent years, Europe, India, and Japan have all sent spacecraft to the Moon. And five years ago today, China entered the Moon business, too, with the launch of Chang’e 3, named for a Moon goddess. The craft landed on the Moon two weeks later, and deployed a small rover.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 30 Nov 2018, 07:30 UTC Astronomers have discovered a unique nearby triple star system containing a pair of massive ‘Wolf-Rayet’ stars which are about to explode as supernovae and could produce one of the most powerful explosions since the big bang — a gamma-ray burst.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 28 Nov 2018, 07:39 UTC NASA’s InSight lander touches down on the red planet Mars. NASA’s Mars InSight spacecraft has landed successfully on Elysium Planitia -- a broad freeze dried plain – just north of the red planet’s equator.
Astronomy Cast 27 Nov 2018, 00:00 UTC Ion engines are a mainstay of science fiction, featured in both Star Trek and Wars. But this is a very real technology, successfully used on several missions out there in the Solar System right now. How do they work and what are the limits?
The Jodcast 26 Nov 2018, 11:00 UTC Falling with hot DOGS. In the show this time, we talk to Bernie Fanaroff and Rob Adam about using science to inform policy-makers, and the future of African astronomy, our resident DARA Big Data Science Policy Fellows tell us about their DARA Fellowships in this month's JodBite, and your astronomy questions are answered by George Bendo in Ask an Astronomer.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary