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Space Boffins episode

Fri, 10th Aug 2012

The First American Spacewalk

Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot for the Gemini-Titan 4 space flight, floats in zero gravity of space. (c) NASA

This month on the Space Boffins Podcast, we will be exploring strange new worlds, discovering a Swedish spaceport, and celebrating the first American space walk.  Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson meet the team sending a mobile phone-based satellite into orbit, explore Kepler the man and Kepler the mission, and delve into the archives of Gemini 4 mission control...

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In this edition of Space Boffins

 

  • Mobile Phone (c) [[:en:User:Kristoferb

    01:37 - STRaND-1 - the Satellite Built around a Mobile Phone

    Modern mobile phones pack the computing power of a 1970s super computer into something no bigger than a pocket calculator. Now, engineers are harvesting this technology for use in satellites...

  • Johannes Kepler, c. 1610 (c) Unknown artist

    10:37 - Kepler the Man and Kepler the Mission

    The Kepler mission has found over 2000 candidate exoplanets, yet Johannes Kepler's own contributions are often forgotten. Stuart clark, author of the Sky's Dark Labyrinth trilogy, explains why Kepler himself should be getting the glory...

  • Comet Hartley 2 (c) NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD

    19:51 - How to Build a Comet

    Sheila Kanani takes us through the receipe for making your very own comet...

  • Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska  The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, shines above Bear Lake (c) Photo by Senior Airman Joshua Strang

    21:27 - Space Tourism in Sweden

    If space tourism is to get off the ground, we'll need a spaceport. Karin Nilsdottir, from Spaceport Sweden, explains why launching from within the Arctic Circle would give you the unique opportunity to look down on the Northern Lights...

  • Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot for the Gemini-Titan 4 space flight, floats in zero gravity of space. (c) NASA

    25:36 - Celebrating Gemini 4 - The first American Spacewalk

    The first American spacewalk took place in 1965 as part of the Gemini 4 mission. We look back at archived audio from mission control...

 

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