NASA

  In celebration of NASA's 60th anniversary, professor and space historian, John Logsdon, takes us on a journey from the shore of Florida to the moon and beyond by weaving together documents from NASA's history in The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration. He will chart for us the greatest moments in human spaceflight. 

The Sun is not silent. The low, pulsing hum of our star's heartbeat allows scientists to peer inside, revealing huge rivers of solar material flowing. NASA heliophysicist Alex Young explains how this simple sound connects us with the Sun and all the other stars in the universe. Listen in on the Sun in this three minute audio clip.

Joining Cool Science Radio from NASA Goddard Space Center is Dr. Eric Christian, the Deputy Principal Investigator for the instrumentation package that will be on the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft that will launch in early August. The Parker Solar Probe Mission will fly closer to the Sun than any human-made object has ever gone. A mission 60 years in the making, Parker Solar Probe will make an historic journey to the sun's corona, a region of the solar atmosphere.

Dr. Andrew Shapiro joins Cool Science Radio. Shapiro is the Manager of Technology Formulation for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Shapiro is the manager of early-stage innovation for the Space Technology Office. We talk with him about new technological concepts and what it's like to manage a lab where ideas become concepts, possibly projects and even part of a mission for robotic and manned space exploration.

In this edition of Cool Science Radio Lynn and John welcome Ashwin Vasavada from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory about the Mars Curiosity mission and the recent findings including the some time existence of water on the planet.

In this edition of Cool Science Radio, hosts Lynn Ware Peek and  John Wells welcome Dr. Barry Cooper, author of Alan Turing: His Work and Impact. They also explore space in their conversation with Charlie Precourt, a former NASA Astronaut.

In this edition of Cool Science Radio, hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells welcome Robert Rutledge, a forecaster at NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center to talk about Sunspots. Then, Chuck Bowers from  NASA is on to talk about the James Webb Telescope and research at USU.

In this show, Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with Michael Harris, author of The End of Absence,  who addresses what it'll soon be like to live amongst a generation that has never known life without absence, the loss of lack. . The daydreaming silences in our lives are filled; the burning solitudes are extinguished. There’s no true “free time” when you carry a smartphone. Today’s rarest commodity is the chance to be alone with your own thoughts. Also Bruce Jankosky about the NASA mission to probe the climate history of Mars.

Cool Science Radio - July 24, 2014

Jul 24, 2014

On this episode of KPCW's Cool Science Radio, hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells are airing a rebroadcast of a couple of archived interviews, including a conversation with NASA's Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum. She joined the show to talk about the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite; it's part of their mission to improve forecasting of extreme weather events. Author Sam Keane also joined the show to talk about his new book The Tale Of Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History Of The Human Brain As Revealed By True Stories Of Trauma, Madness And Recovery.

Lynn and John talk about the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite with Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum of NASA. Part of the mission's goal is to improve forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters. This leads to the next guest, Jacob Lowenstern, Scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Yellowstone National Park sits atop one of the world's largest super-volcanos.