Category: The Solar System

March 2, 2015 / Episodes

Josh, Addie and guest Jim Cooney discuss the observation by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft of two mysterious white spots on the largest asteroid in the solar system, Ceres. Could they be white monoliths? That’s what we’re…

February 2, 2015 / Episodes

Josh, Addie and Tracy discuss the new SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) satellite orbiting the Earth to map the changes in the moisture content in the upper 5 cm of soil around the world. In…

January 25, 2015 / Space Exploration

The ill-fated Beagle 2 Mars lander has been spotted by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The European Space Agency lander was successfully deployed from Mars Express orbiter in December 2003, but was not heard from after…

January 14, 2015 / Episodes

We kick off the new year with a look back at the 2014 Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, featuring some 25,000 scientists and at least a handful of not-so-scientists. In episode 27, “Geoengineering…

October 26, 2014 / Episodes

Josh, Addie and Tracy report on the discovery this summer of three potential post-Pluto targets for the New Horizons spacecraft in the Kuiper Belt. The Hubble Space Telescope was called into service to help the…

October 13, 2014 / Episodes

Get ready for your hibernation trip across the galaxy. Watch out for Aliens and killer computers. Josh, Addie and Tracy discuss research into putting astronauts into a state of “torpor” to help survive those long…