Spaced Out: Past, Present and Future of Space Exploration

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  1. The crew gets bad news.The Habitat is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Lynn Levy, Peter Bresnan, and Megan Tan. Our editors are Alex Blumberg, Jorge Just, Caitlin Kenney, and Blythe Terrell. Music, sound design, and mixing by Haley Shaw. Music supervision by Matthew Boll. Our credits music in this episode is performed by Reps, and written by David Bowie. Our fact checker is Michelle Harris. Special thanks to Jasmine Romero for sorting through hours and hours of boring astronaut tape to find the very MOST boring astronaut tape. And a very special thanks to the HI-SEAS crew: Andrzej, Christiane, Cyprien, Carmel, Shey, and Tristan.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to
  2. For an astronaut in orbit, the sun appears to rise every 90 minutes. This extreme change disrupts the usual cycle of waking and sleeping. Luckily, NASA cooked up a creative -- and surprising -- solution. Tune in to learn more about DJ CAPCOM.
  3. In January 2018 four small satellites made their way into orbit. The problem - the company behind them ignored an FCC ruling and launched the satellites without permission. So what happens when companies and countries decide to ignore the rules of space, and who is actually responsible for keeping them in line?If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to share this episode with a friend, or if you're able, consider supporting us financially on Patreon. All supporters get an ad-free feed, along with bonus episodes, and merch. Visit
  4. We don’t think of most government agencies as brands, but NASA is different. This year is the space agency’s 60th anniversary, so we're diving into NASA’s brand history to bring you little-known stories about a meatball and a worm, some astronauts with gastrointestinal issues, and a middle schooler’s mission to send chickens into space.
  5. The computer that got us to the moon. The size of a briefcase, there had never been anything like it. Apollo 11 was “the first time software ran on the moon”. This is the story of the world’s first digital portable general purpose computer. The work of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, helped give rise to the digital age. With Kevin Fong. Starring: Ramon Alonso Elaine Denniston Charlie Duke Don Eyles Eldon Hall Margaret Hamilton Dan Lickly Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music #13MinutestotheMoon
  6. Fifty years ago this summer, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Now, NASA’s talking about going back.But is it worth it?We talk to lunar geologists about what we’ve already learned from the first Apollo missions, and what’s left to discover.Then, we take a trip, not through space, but through time—back to a scientific expedition in Greenland almost a century ago. The science done there might have seemed insignificant at the time, but has since proved an important first step towards our current understanding of global warming.Further reading:Brian's in-depth explainer on moon rocksJon Gertner's book about epic Greenland expeditions, The Ice At The End of The WorldFor more on ice coring, this National Geographic article is great, as is this 60 Minutes episode Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  7. NASA’s latest exploration goals center on returning humans to the Moon – not just for a visit, but to stay. At the center of that plan is Gateway. It’s a small lunar outpost that will have living quarters, laboratories for science and research, docking ports for visiting spacecraft, and more.
  8. Animated Video of Artemis 1 Launch, Heat Shield for Artemis 2 Mission Arrives at Kennedy Space Center and more ...
  9. We owe so many innovations in food safety and technology to the simple fact that astronauts need to eat. We dig into the history (and sometimes questionable menus) of space food. Learn more about your ad-choices at
  10. In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea discusses the future of space robotics with John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic. Astrobotic is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world by using their lunar landers to deliver payloads for companies, governments, universities, and individuals. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 by robotics pioneer Red Whittaker, Astrobotic is creating affordable planetary access to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, and resource utilization. While they haven’t yet launched their lunar landers, Astrobotic technology is currently aboard the International Space Station. They discuss Astrobotic’s early success in the Google Lunar XPRIZE, the future of space robotics and human spaceflight, and more. And we have a special announcement - we plan to send this episode of the Future Grind podcast to the Moon on board Astrobotic’s first mission, and we wanted to provide you an opportunity to fly alongside us by sending your own digital files and photos to Moon! Find out more and get involved here - Show Notes: Subscribe on iTunes: Support: Follow along - Twitter - Instagram -  Facebook - 

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