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.

12 03, 2020

The Earth’s Rotation Is Slowing, Thanks To The Moon (Cool Weird Awesome 257)

By |2020-03-12T06:33:21-04:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

We’re hearing a lot about how a research project has shown that Earth days used to be about a half-hour shorter than they are now. Why is our planet rotating more slowly now? It's mostly because of the moon. Plus: in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the National Shag Dance Championships are getting underway.

9 03, 2020

How Do We Talk To Voyager 1 and 2 When They’re So Far Away? (Cool Weird Awesome 254)

By |2020-03-09T09:00:10-04:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Earlier this year NASA got Voyager 2 to restart systems it had shut down through the ultimate in working remotely: sending directions beyond the reach of the sun! The way we send those commands to Voyagers 1 and 2 is pretty basic, but with twists to make up for the extremely long distance. Plus: ISS astronauts have been growing space veggies, and they're pretty good for us.

30 01, 2020

If You’re Making Cookies In Space, Be Patient (Cool Weird Awesome 227)

By |2020-01-30T07:36:14-05:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Of all the great breakthroughs we’ve made in outer space, there are none sweeter than this: last month, astronauts on the International Space Station baked chocolate chip cookies. But baking cookies in space is a little different than baking them on Earth. Plus: a new device called the Exolung can keep air flowing for virtually as long as a diver likes.

9 12, 2019

Who Wants To Be The Garbage Collector Of Space? (Cool Weird Awesome 188)

By |2019-12-09T10:20:54-05:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

There are tens of thousands of pieces of space debris orbiting the Earth. We've tried a few different ways to bring them back down over the years. Plus: in Huddleston, Virginia, a giant hay sculpture of a country music legend. Meet Will-hay Nelson!

20 11, 2019

Apollo 12 Crashed Its Lunar Module On Purpose (Cool Weird Awesome 175)

By |2019-11-20T05:48:05-05:00November 20th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week marks 50 years since the Apollo 12 mission, the second time humans went to the moon and the first time we launched an artificial earthquake there. Plus: one of the two moonwalkers painted a picture that included their command module pilot on the lunar ground.

30 09, 2019

Can We Get Mac and Cheese To Mars? (Cool Weird Awesome 138)

By |2019-09-30T07:08:01-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A mission to Mars would take years of travel - but today's space food doesn't last long enough. Scientists at Washington State University are working on a way to sterilize and pack food that can last 3-5 years, which is good for astronauts and for any of us who want to survive the zombie apocalypse. Plus: why a man in Vermont just put up a large wooden statue of a raised middle finger. 

23 09, 2019

Our Long History Of Crashing Stuff Into The Moon (Cool Weird Awesome 133)

By |2019-09-23T08:55:53-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

We always celebrate great space achievements, why not also commemorate some great space screwups? This month marks 60 years since the first time a spacecraft tried to land on the moon but crashed instead.

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