16 06, 2020

Time To Upgrade The International Space Station’s Bathroom (Cool Weird Awesome 321)

By |2020-06-16T08:10:01-04:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Sometimes you go into space to land on the moon, and other times it’s for maintenance purposes. NASA is planning a mission to replace the toilet on the International Space Station. Plus: this is Waste and Recycling Workers Week, are you paying tribute to those who collect all the stuff we toss out?

22 04, 2020

Running The Mars Rover From Home Is The Coolest Remote Work Ever (Cool Weird Awesome 282)

By |2020-04-22T08:58:51-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Like people in other industries who have the means to do so, the scientists who operate the Curiosity Rover are working away from their office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California. Though technically when you run a craft that's on another planet, you're always working remotely. Plus: artist Greg Olijnyk makes intricate sculptures of robots, telescopes, ships and more out of plain old cardboard.

25 03, 2020

The Mars Lander Can Give Itself A Helping Hand (Cool Weird Awesome 267)

By |2020-03-25T14:38:11-04:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

NASA has fixed a problem with its Mars lander, essentially by telling the lander to use a robotic arm to help itself - or, depending on the headlines you read, to whack itself. Plus: a Wisconsin man finds a clever way to share a beer with his neighbor in the era of social distancing.