Wally Funk, At Long Last An Astronaut (Cool Weird Awesome 707)

Today in 1939, the birthday of Wally Funk. She first passed astronaut training in her 20s and could have been one of the first US astronauts, but after some 60 years of trying, she finally got into space.

By |2022-02-01T06:31:12-05:00February 1, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Félicette, The First Cat In Space (Cool Weird Awesome 636)

Today in 1963, a black and white cat from the streets of France became the first cat to go into space. She didn't choose to go, of course, but she's a pioneer just the same - and until a few years ago, a greatly underappreciated one. Plus: today in 1922, a girl in Illinois made it to school after being run over by a train?!? 

By |2021-10-18T06:42:55-04:00October 18, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Ellen Ochoa Blazed Trails In Space (And Played The Flute Up There) (Cool Weird Awesome 633)

For National Hispanic Heritage Month, here's the story of the first Hispanic woman in space, Ellen Ochoa, talented and versatile even by astronaut standards. Plus: an art student in China breaks stuff for art's sake, through a very peculiar vending machine.

A Felt Tip Pen Helped Get Apollo 11’s Moonwalkers Back To Earth (Cool Weird Awesome 577)

Today in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. But as the Apollo 11 mission went on, they had a problem: a broken switch threatened to keep them from returning to Earth. Fortunately, they had a solution: office supplies. Plus: the Lunar Lander Dwelling in Washington state is a 250 square foot getaway in the shape of the lunar module.

By |2021-07-20T07:40:14-04:00July 20, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Why Don’t Astronauts Do Laundry In Space? (Cool Weird Awesome 569)

There was a story recently about how NASA was partnering with Tide laundry detergent to work on a way to do laundry in space. Which means we don’t already do laundry in space, and there are some pretty big reasons why. Plus: the Royal Mail delivers a letter addressed to a woman who’d been on TV, only the writer didn't exactly have the woman's address. 

By |2021-07-08T09:25:50-04:00July 8, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Strike (Or A “Sensitivity Session”) Aboard A Space Station (Cool Weird Awesome 445)

On this day in 1973, something happened aboard the Skylab space station. Depending on who you talk to, it was somewhere between a "sensitivity session" between astronauts and ground crew, and a full-on space mutiny. Plus: Japanese Lego artist Jumpei Mitsui just created an all-brick version of Hokusai's famous print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa."

By |2021-10-19T06:35:29-04:00December 28, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

NASA Likes To Say Good Morning To Its Astronauts With Music (Cool Weird Awesome 419)

If you're an astronaut, way up there in space, chances are you started the day with a song. Why? It's a NASA tradition. Plus: an artist in California has turned "Star Trek" into a widescreen format, so it fits on modern TVs.

By |2020-11-13T08:29:35-05:00November 13, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Our Show About The History Of “OK” Is Just Okay (Cool Weird Awesome 265)

On this day in 1839 we first saw the word we use so often to describe our most middling feelings. That’s right, it’s the birthday of OK. Plus: it's also the anniversary of the time an astronaut smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard a space mission.

By |2021-06-28T12:20:33-04:00March 23, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Life And Flights Of Jerrie Cobb (Cool Weird Awesome 252)

Today is the birthday of Jerrie Cobb, who could have been the first woman in space but ended up flying to great heights nonetheless. Plus: it was on this day in 2011 that a museum in the Netherlands first put on exhibit a work called “Peanut Butter Floor," which was exactly what it sounds like.

By |2021-05-11T08:54:53-04:00March 5, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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.

By |2021-05-13T09:57:09-04:00November 20, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |
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