Episode 1: Welcome to Casual Space

Welcome to Casual Space, a podcast about the wonders of space. Beth brings us space as it really and truly is, every day in our lives. Beth is a former NASA public affairs officer and shares with us her dream job and its experiences. Beth and her guests explore how space affects your daily life. […]

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Episode 21: Star Wars Celebration with Beth and Chad

In this episode, Beth and Chad geek out about: Impressions from the  Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago- what it IS and what it was like to be among the 70,00+ attendees Chad shares an amazing story of how storm trooper fans in costume made it into a real Star Wars production  Collectibles! Art! Costumes! Comics! […]

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Episode 20: Award Winning Sci-Fi Writer C. Stuart Hardwick

In this episode, Beth and Stuart laugh about: The stories from his family that helped inspire him to write “hard sci-fi”  Why going to the moon was really expensive and incredible How writing allows you to learn about people and about yourself  Key Takeaways: Becoming an award-winning sci-fi writer didn’t happen overnight, but when it happened… […]

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Episode 19: NASA Orion Program with Stu McClung

In this episode, Beth and Stu discuss: The differences between the retired Space Shuttle and NASA’s (new) Orion spacecraft* What it was like to work as an engineer for the B52 bomber, the NASA shuttle program, and now NASA Orion program How a horrible commute turned into a 30+ successful NASA career Key Takeaways: NASA’s […]

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Episode 18: Social Media at NASA with Stephanie Fernandez

In this episode, Beth and Stephanie discuss: Helping the astronauts communicate (and educate) through social media  What happened when Stephanie gets a phone call direct from the International Space Station  What responsibilities come with the title, “Social Media Coordinator for the Astronaut Office” How NASA found Stephanie  Key Takeaways: Posts that have the most engagement are […]

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Episode 17: Two Astronaut Lectures in a Week!

In this episode, Beth and Chad review two astronaut lectures they attended this week: Working at NASA with astronaut coworkers. Captain Mark Kelly and Colonel Frederick Gregory. Following a mission checklist. Being adventurous and curious. Key Takeaways: Cpt. Kelly’s experience as a test pilot helped shape him for his time as an astronaut, as did Col. Gregory’s […]

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Episode 16: “Out There” Author Michael Wall

Michael Wall joined Space.com in 2010 as a senior writer reporting on Mars exploration, exoplanet discoveries, astrophysics and space technology. For Space.com, Mike has wandered through California’s Mojave Desert with scientists on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity mission and helped launch balloon missions through Earth’s auroras in Alaska. He’s based in San Francisco, where he chronicles […]

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Episode 15: Space Illustrator James Vaughan

Born in 1955, James Vaughan grew up in the idyllic surroundings of a small town near Akron, Ohio. His father was a scientist and director of research for one of America’s largest corporations. His mother was an artist and a poet. Vaughan completed high school a year ahead of his classmates and in 1972 left […]

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Episode 14: Astronaut Leroy Chiao

In this episode, Beth and Leroy discuss: Changing technology: how far we’ve come and the exciting changes in our future. What we need to master (on the moon) before we go to Mars What it was like to fly on board the International Space Station for more than 6 months. How do you eat in […]

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Episode 13: The Year in Space

In this episode, Beth shares her list of “19” space-themed things to enjoy in 2019: Movies and Shows! Star Wars Episode IX countdown! Highly controversial new shows along with classics to inspire Books! 9+ books that you simply MUST read & enjoy Podcasts! Stay up to date with the latest space news, technology, missions, and explorations with […]

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