July 24, 2017 8:00 pm

Tuesday, Mike Massimino Takes Us Inside NASA Mission Control

Time to revisit a StarTalk All-Stars episode that’s been very popular with all the NASA nerds in our audience which, I’m pretty sure, covers just about everyone who listens to StarTalk, myself included.

This week during the StarTalk All-Stars hiatus, we’re repeating Inside Mission Control, with Astro Mike Massimino. Who better to take us on a tour of the inner-workings of the Johnson Space Center than Mike? He’s joined by his guests, NASA Flight Directors Emily Nelson and Royce Renfrew, and comedian co-host Maeve Higgins.

Photo from the set of "Inside NASA Mission Control" with Mike Massimino, Maeve Higgins, Emily Nelson and Royce Renfrew.

“Inside NASA Mission Control” with Mike Massimino and Maeve Higgins in the StarTalk All-Stars studio, while Emily Nelson and Royce Renfrew skype in from the Johnson Space Center. Credit: Ben Ratner.

You’ll hear about keeping the expedition crews safe and the dangers of long-term space flight. Plus, Emily shares some of the best practical jokes that have happened in space, and you’ll learn about the good luck rituals and superstitions found amongst some of the members of the Johnson Space Center team.

It’s been almost exactly one year since the StarTalk Podcast Network launched StarTalk All-Stars. Our audience has enjoyed some of the most intelligent, charismatic scientists and science educators discussing a variety of topics ranging from climate change, to space exploration, to paleoanthropology, and more.

What I love about StarTalk All-Stars is the show’s ability to introduce different voices to our audience. Whether it be from a first-time guest, co-host or even host, it’s always great to hear new perspectives and expertise. Which is right on message with why we started the show in the first place.

As Neil said when StarTalk All-Stars launched, “I looked around at my fellow scientists and science educators and saw an unplumbed pool of inspiring and enthusiastic talent standing ready to feed the growing, voracious hunger the public has for science.”

I’d say we’re steady on course.

Please join us tomorrow night for Inside Mission Control, with Astro Mike Massimino at 7pm EDT right here on our website, as well as on our StarTalk All-Stars channels on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and TuneIn. And if you’re an All-Access subscriber, you can watch or listen to this episode ad-free at 7pm, too.

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!
–Ian Mullen

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