The Space Shot

A concentrated dose of space awesomeness, delivered right to your podcast feed.

About the show

Welcome to Season 3 of The Space Shot!

Subscribe, check out the back catalog (Season 1 has 365 episodes) and get bite-sized pieces of space history, pop culture, science, and more. Whether you're into history, science, pop-culture, or current events, there's something for you here at The Space Shot.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 407: This Week in Space History- January 6th to the 19th

    Episode  |  January 18th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  23 mins 43 secs
    cassini huygens, gemini 2, huygens lander, japanese space flyer unit, jason 3, ldef, lunar prospector, new horizons, pluto, space seed, space shuttle columbia, ss botany bay, sts 72, sts107, tdrs, titan

    This week we've got a ton of Space Shuttle history, missions to Pluto, comets, Titan, and more. We even talk about black holes. Don't miss this episode!

    Let me know if you have any questions, email me at john@thespaceshot.com. You can also call 720-772-7988 if you'd like to ask a question for the show. Send questions, ideas, or comments, and I will be sure to respond to you! Thanks for reaching out!

  • Episode 406: The Week in Space History- December 30th to January 5th

    Episode  |  January 1st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  19 mins 55 secs
    dr fletcher, fletcher, kepler, luna 1, mars polar lander, nixon, spirit, spirit rover, ultima thule

    Happy New Year! This week we head out past Pluto, then return home for some Space Shuttle policy history.

  • Episode 405: The Week in Space History- December 16th to the 29th

    Episode  |  December 31st, 2019  |  Season 3  |  19 mins 4 secs
    apollo 8, blackbird, earthrise, hl10, lifting body, nasa history, sr71

    One more thing for 2019... The Week in Space History- December 16th to the 29th.

  • Episode 404: The Week in Space History- December 9th to the 15th

    Episode  |  December 12th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  17 mins 8 secs
    apollo, apollo 17, apollo 50, gemini 7, nasa history, richard easton, spacex, sts-116, sts-88

    This week we cover everything from Flopnik, to the ISS, Apollo 17, and more. I also have a special appearance from Richard Easton, where he shares his family connection to Vanguard TV3. Enjoy!

  • Episode 403: GPS Declassified- My Conversation with Richard D. Easton

    Episode  |  December 10th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 16 secs
    aerospace history, author interview, book interview, gps, gps declassified, gps history, richard eason, space history

    Here's my conversation with author Richard D. Easton about the book he co-authored with Eric F. Frazier. We talked about the technology behind GPS and his unique connection to the history of GPS! I had a fantastic time interviewing Richard and look forward to having him on the show again!

  • Episode 402: The Week in Space History- December 2nd-8th

    Episode  |  December 5th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  13 mins 28 secs
    apollo 17, cots, hubble space telescope, spacex, sts

    I'm back from a mini-hiatus. Life and work got the best of my schedule, but I'm working to get back on track. Weekly space history episodes are starting back up now! I'm still working on my favorite space movies list, so keep an eye out for that episode.

    Correction- I erroneously added Stu Roosa to the crew of Apollo 17. The Command Module Pilot for this mission was Ron Evans. I had a picture of Roosa on my display while recording and switched up their names. Check out Facebook tomorrow for an unusual picture of the Apollo 14 astronaut.

  • Episode 401: Don Erwin: The Road to the Moon Went Through Western New York

    Episode  |  November 28th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  29 mins 18 secs
    apollo 50, apollo lunar module, don erwin, kodak, lunar module, nasa history, niagara aerospace museum

    Here's my conversation with Don Erwin, President of the Board of Trustees for the non-profit Niagara Aerospace Museum. We talked about Lunar Orbiter and Kodak, the Lunar Module, and the Saturn V. We had a great time talking and I know you'll enjoy this episode!

  • Episode 400: The Week in Space History- November 4th to the 10th

    Episode  |  November 6th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  10 mins 59 secs
    apollo 4, apollo program, lunar orbiter 2, mariner 3, mariner 4, space shuttle, sts 51a, surveyor 6, surveyor program

    The week in space history for November 4th to the 10th.

  • Episode 399: The Week in Space History- October 28th to November 3rd

    Episode  |  October 31st, 2019  |  Season 3  |  19 mins 42 secs
    astronaut, astronauts, challenger, dutch astronaut, expedition 1, explorer 8, john glenn, llrv, lltv, mariner 10, nasa, nasa history, nasa podcast, neil armstrong, space, space history, space history podcast, space podcast, space shuttle, sts 61a, sts 66, sts 95, sts-61a, sts-66, sts-95

    The week in space history for October 28th to November 3rd. I'm still working through some computer issues. I think I've narrowed things down to a faulty keyboard cable on my laptop that I'm repairing this weekend. I'm still unable to record directly on my Mac, so I'm going through a few extra steps to record podcasts right now. Bear with me as I work through these technical issues.

  • Episode 398: The Week in Space History- October 21st-27th

    Episode  |  October 25th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  17 mins 17 secs
    apollo, apollo 7, approach and landing tests, astronauts, cold war, cold war history, deep space 1, enterprise, history, ion engine, jfk, jfk nixon debate, john c stennis space center, lageos, lageos ii, missile gap, mississippi test facility, nasa history, nedelin catastrophe, nixon, pamela melroy, peggy whitson, shuttle approach and landing tests, shuttle enterprise, space history, space shuttle, space shuttle enterprise, sts 120, sts 52, sts-120, sts-52, uss enterprise

    The week in space history for October 21st to the 27th. Apologies for the delay in getting this out. I had some computer difficulties, the joys of an aging laptop, which put me behind.

  • Episode 397: The Week in Space History- October 14th-20th

    Episode  |  October 16th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  14 mins 22 secs
    atlantis, bell x-1, bepicolombo, cassini, cassini launch, deep space network, esa bepicolombo, esa history, galileo mission, glamorous glennis, goes satellite, goes weather, goes weather satellite, history, jupiter, nasa cassini, nasa galileo, nasa history, saturn, sound barrier, space history, space shuttle, space shuttle atlantis, supersonic flight, weather satellite, x-1, x1

    The week in space history for October 14th to the 20th. Bell X-1, Cassini, Galileo, BepiColombo, and six scrubs and a launch.

  • Episode 396: The Week in Space History- October 7th-13th

    Episode  |  October 11th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  13 mins 22 secs
    apollo, apollo 50, apollo 7, draper labs, explorer 7, lcross, lro, lunar reconnaissance orbiter, nasa history, sputnik, the week in space history, this week in space history, world space week

    This is the first episode in what will be a weekly series of space history episodes. Enjoy!

  • Episode 395: From Apollo to Artemis and Beyond

    Episode  |  August 4th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  49 mins 1 sec
    apollo, apollo 11, apollo 11 50th, apollo 13, apollo 50, apollo 50th, artemis, cold war, gemini, history, luna, mercury, moon, moon landing, nasa, nasa apollo, nasa artemis, nasa history, space, space history, space race

    From Apollo to Artemis and Beyond. In this episode, you'll hear my presentation I gave a few weeks ago. I covered space history, from before the Apollo program, up to present-day initiatives.

  • Episode 394: Go, Flight! A Conversation with Author Rick Houston

    Episode  |  July 18th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  21 mins 52 secs
    apollo, apollo 11, apollo 50, flight controller, go flight, johnson space center, jsc, milt heflin, mission control, mocr, mocr 2, nasa, nasa flight controller, nasa history, nasa mission control, nasa podcast, oral history, rick houston, space history, space podcast

    In this special edition of the Cosmosphere Podcast we hear from author Rick Houston about the book that he co-authored. It's called "Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control."

  • Episode 393: Mission Control, Mission Accomplished and Mars Curiosity with Sarah Lamm

    Episode  |  July 18th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  41 mins 58 secs
    apollo, apollo 11, apollo 11 50th, cosmosphere, cosmosphere podcast, flight controller, history podcast, houston, jim remar, johnson space center, jsc, mission control, mocr, nasa, nasa history, sarah lamm, space, space history, space podcast

    Check out Episode 17 of the Cosmosphere Podcast. This month we hear from the Cosmosphere CEO and President Jim Remar. He gives us an update on the completed MOCR restoration. We also talked with Sarah Lamm, a graduate student, science communicator, and Solar System Ambassador about her work. You'll also hear from Carla about what's up at the Cosmosphere this summer.

  • Episode 392: A Pre-launch Breakfast with Gene Kranz

    Episode  |  July 18th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  58 mins 12 secs
    apollo, apollo 11, apollo 11 50th, apollo 50, flight controller, flight director, gene kranz, history podcast, houston, johnson space center, jsc, mission control, nasa, nasa mission control, nasa podcast, space podcast

    In today's episode you’ll hear from Gene Kranz. He was speaking at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum for an Apollo 11 pre-launch breakfast.