NASA Brings Back Samples From Asteroid Named Bennu

Jun 28, 2021

On Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn welcome Dr. Jason Dworkin, Project Scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.


Five years ago, NASA launched its first sample return mission to an asteroid named Bennu. Now, it's time for the spacecraft and its valuable payload to start its return back to Earth.




On Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn are talking with Aimee Quon.


Quon is from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and will be enlightening us on Mars. Topics include the the fact that the atmosphere on Mars is about 100 times thinner than on Earth.


The thin air makes it incredibly difficult to fly, but NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is about to attempt this feat.


On this episode of Cool Science Radio:

NASA is sending its first rover to Mars in nearly a decade. Perseverance will search for signs of ancient life, collect the first sample, and pave the way for human explorers.

John and Lynn get details on this mission from Kirsten Siebach, a Martian Geologist at Rice University.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Park City resident Anna Cley who is from France and as a girl dreamed of being an astronaut. She became a rocket scientist for the National Centre for Space Studies which is the French equivalent of NASA and is now a professional opera singer.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Michael Horkachuck who manages NASA/SpaceX Commercial Crew program joins the show. The next astronaut mission dubbed Crew-1 and scheduled for October 23rd marks the first of regular rotational missions to the International Space Station by the SpaceX Crew Dragon. 4 astronauts will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket.

Joining Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week is Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, a Research Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Kirschbaum has a number of responsibilities in the study of landslides including developing new techniques for rainfall-triggered landslide hazard assessment and forecasting.

Today on Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John are joined by Dr. Jacob Bleacher. Dr. Bleacher is the Chief Exploration Scientist of Advanced Exploration Systems, a division of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Humans have not walked on the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972. In Greek mythology, Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo.

On May 30, 2020, Astronauts Doug Hurley, and Bob Behnken launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. This marks the first launch of humans from American soil since 2011, with the retirement of the Space Shuttle. This launch also marks the first launch of humans into space by a private company. 


Cool Science Radio welcomes guest Dr. Holly Gilbert who is the Director of the Heliophysics Science Division, Chief of the Solar Physics Laboratory and the NASA Deputy Project Scientist for the Solar Orbiter, a spacecraft that launched Sunday, February 9, and is on its way to the sun. It will study the electromagnetic characteristics of the solar wind, enabling them to tackle mysteries such as the 11-year cycle of solar activity, the generation of the Sun’s magnetic field and how solar wind particles are accelerated to high energies.


Cool Science Radio welcomes Charlie Precourt, a veteran of four space flights—including two as mission commander—and has logged more than 932 hours in space. Precourt was also deputy program manager for the International Space Station, chief of the astronaut corps and director of operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

Cool Science Radio is joined by Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, a Research Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She joins the show to talk about her work on the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission which includes a satellite that can CT scan the inside of a hurricane.

  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.