NASA Launched a Podcast

NASA announced the launch of a brand new podcast called NASACast Audio. It is the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center, the home of human spaceflight, which is stationed in Houston, Texas.

On this podcast, you’ll learn from some of the brightest minds of America’s space agency as they discuss topics in engineering, science, technology, and more. You’ll hear firsthand from astronauts what it’s like to launch atop a rocket, live in space and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. And you’ll listen in to the more human side of space as our guests tell stories of behind-the-scenes moments never heard before.

NASACast combines the content of all the NASACast subject area podcasts into a single omnibus podcast. It is where you will find the latest news and features on NASA’s missions as well as the popular “This Week @NASA” newsreel.

The first episode of NASACast was released on July 7, 2017. It featured Dan Huot, Public Affairs Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He talks about what the International Space Station is, how it works, what it is made of, and why it’s there.

At the time I am writing this, NASACast has released eight episodes. The most recent one is called “Exploring the Cosmos with Styx”.

It features Glenn Lutz, Deputy Director of the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate (EISD) of the Johnson Space Center, and John Connolly, Head of NASA’s Mars Study Capability Team under EISD. They speak with Tommy Shaw and Lawrence Gowan from the band Styx about human exploration of the solar system.

You might also want to check out episode seven, “Total Eclipse Over America”, which features Dr. Mark Matney, Space Debris Scientist and Astronomer, who talks about the science and history of eclipses.

NASA announced in a tweet that the NASA Johnson Space Center will be closed until September 5, 2017, to all but essential personnel due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. I’m assuming this could mean that NASACast Audio will likely have a temporary hiatus.