The First American Spacewalk
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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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...
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...
19:51 - How to Build a Comet
Sheila Kanani takes us through the receipe for making your very own comet...
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...
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...