Episode 27: Challenger Center CEO Lance Bush

In the aftermath of the Challenger accident, the crew’s families came together, firmly committed to the belief that they must carry on the spirit of their loved ones by continuing the Challenger crew’s educational mission. Their efforts resulted in the creation of Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Challenger Centers use space-themed simulated learning and role-playing strategies…

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Episode 26: Space Suits and Parachutes with Aerospace Engineer Brian Neumann

Brian is an experienced test engineer in our nation’s space and defense industry. He’s worked to test and improve space suits, parachutes, and F-14’s. Which makes Brian pretty damn cool. Beth and Brian enjoyed talking about: Star Wars talk & who is the best villain (Emperor) Brian remembers the theater he saw Star Wars in.…

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Episode 25: NASA Flight Surgeon Sean Roden

Dr. Roden brings his Texas tales to share: His assessment whether or not Beth could be medically qualified for space flight Why increased exercise helps space travel How growing up on a west Texas ranch allowed him to become the perfect medic for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Australia  How he works to support “rock star” NASA astronaut Christina Koch’s…

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Episode 24: Star Wars Artist Brian Miller

In this episode, Brian shares with Beth How his father took him to air shows, space museums and started the foundation of an influence in air and space exploration. Then Star Wars came out and changed everything. What it was like to work with Marvel and DC Comics right out of college! What it would…

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Episode 23: A SpaceX Perspective with Engineer Nick Hansen

Nick and Beth talk space specifics in this episode, including: Nick’s fascinating job working on composite structures- inner stage and the fearing (nose cone) and payload attachment structures  How quality control plays such a major part of the rocket creation process, and how much is hand made!  Nick’s interpretations on the culture of SpaceX, and…

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Episode 22: A Planetarium Success Story featuring Loras College

Professor Kristen Thompson and Loras College student Audrey Miller share with Beth: Why there was a need to improve the Hientkamp Planetarium at Loras College  How a select group of honors students raised funding for a new projector  Why the planetarium is an important part of both the college and the community  How a man…

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