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 29: Where Is Everybody?

    Episode  |  June 12th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 10 secs
    alien life, churchill, exoplanets, extraterrestrial life, fermi, kepler, nasa, tsiolkovsky

    Today we’re talking about Fermi’s Paradox, exoplanets, and the bigger question of what’s out there?

  • Episode 28: Gamma-rays, Gemstones, and the Fermi Space Telescope

    Episode  |  June 11th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 6 secs
    astronomy, bruce banner, fermi, gamma rays, gamma-rays, gems, gemstones, gia, hulk, incredible hulk, irradiation, light speed, lightning, nasa, radio astronomy, space, thunderstorms

    Today we are going to talk about Gamma rays. And no, not the kind that transformed Bruce Banner into the Incredible Hulk, but the kind that the Fermi Gamma Ray telescope is designed to observe.

  • Episode 27: The Spirit of Rovers Past

    Episode  |  June 9th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 2 secs
    explorer, jpl, mars, mars rovers, martian, moon, nasa, opportunity, spirit

    The Spirit rover launched on this day in 2003. Today we've got some background and an overview of Spirit's mission. Subscribe and share with your friends and family today!

  • Episode 26: The Not So Final Frontier

    Episode  |  June 9th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 13 secs
    kraft marshmallows, marshmallow, nasa, neptune, star trek, the final frontier, x15

    More X-15 history today, plus Neptune, and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

  • Episode 25: To the Edge of Space with the X-15

    Episode  |  June 8th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 1 sec
    b52, hypersonic flight, naca, nasa, neil armstrong, x15, x37b

    It's spaceplane day today, with coverage of the X-37B and the X-15. If you like winged spacecraft, this episode is for you. If you don't like winged spacecraft, well I don't know what to say ;)

  • Episode 24: Fraunhofer Lines and a Side of Sideburns

    Episode  |  June 7th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 18 secs
    apollo telescope mount, astronauts, nasa, national space council, pence, skylab, solar observatory, spectroscopy, telesc

    The 2017 NASA Astronaut Candidates were announced today at a ceremony at Johnson Space Center! The main part of the show is about Joseph von Fraunhofer, a scientist that produced exceptionally well crafted optical glass, and who also created the first spectroscope. I would love if you could subscribe and share the podcast today!

  • Episode 23: The Spacewalker

    Episode  |  June 6th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 2 secs
    eva, gemini, gene cernan, nasa, orbital rendezvous, project gemini, space, space race, spacewalk, thomas stafford

    Come learn about the expansive vista that Tom Stafford described at the beginning of Gene Cernan's Gemini 9-A EVA.

  • Episode 22: Two Shuttles Walk into a Bar

    Episode  |  June 5th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 53 secs
    gemini, nasa, peggy whitson, space, space shuttle, will smith

    In today's episode, two Space Shuttle missions, what STS stands for, a little Gemini, and we get jiggy wit it.

  • Episode 21: The Wrath of the ATDA

    Episode  |  June 4th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  7 mins 36 secs
    gemini, james bond, nasa, spacex, you only live twice

    SpaceX Falcon 9 First Flight, Gemini 9 rendezvous with the ATDA, and Bond, James Bond.

  • Episode 20: The Turnabout Spacewalk

    Episode  |  June 3rd, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 20 secs
    eva, gemini, gemini iv, kirk, nasa, spacewalk, star trek, titan missile, turnabout intruder

    Episode 20 is here! A huge shout out to everyone that's downloaded the podcast so far. Keep enjoying and sharing the show! Today's episode we get outside of the Gemini IV capsule and do our jazz hands with Captain Kirk.

  • Episode 19: Surveyor 1 & Mir

    Episode  |  June 2nd, 2017  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 50 secs
    jpl, mir, moon, nasa, space shuttle, surveyor 1

    Surveyor 1 landed on the moon on this day in 1966 and the Shuttle Discovery launched to dock with Mir for the last time on this day in 1998. Download and share the podcast! I appreciate it!

  • Episode 18: The Dream is Alive oh and Khan!!!

    Episode  |  June 1st, 2017  |  Season 1  |  7 mins 58 secs
    crs-11, dragon, iss, khan, picard, pop culture, spacex, spock, star trek

    Get ready for a jam-packed pop culture episode today. The Dream is Alive with Walter Cronkite, and we go at warp speed through the Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock. Also, not to be left out, you'll find out how much Picard's Ressikan flute sold for at auction. Don't miss this episode!

  • Episode 17: Skylab Part 3 & the Kibo Module

    Episode  |  May 31st, 2017  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 40 secs
    crs11, dragon, iss, kibo, nasa, skylab, space shuttle, spacex

    On this day in 2008, the Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from LC-39A carrying a crew of 7 astronauts and components of the Japanese Experiment Module or Kibo to the International Space Station. There's also more coverage of the Skylab 2 mission, with some historical film audio, and a little preview of the CRS-11 mission that's launching tomorrow. Check it out!

  • Episode 16: Skylab Part 2 & The European Space Agency

    Episode  |  May 30th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 25 secs
    67p, comets, esa, eva, history, nasa, philae, rosetta, skylab, space history

    I'm covering three things today, but in order to hear what the third is, you have to download the episode ;)
    Happy listening!

  • Episode 15: That's No Moon It's Two Space Stations

    Episode  |  May 29th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 10 secs
    discovery, history, international space station, iss, nasa, saturn v, skylab, space history, space shuttle

    Today on The Space Shot, Skylab and the anniversary of the first flight to the International Space Station.

  • Episode 14: Able & Miss Baker: The Monkeynauts

    Episode  |  May 28th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 59 secs
    able and baker, apollo, beam, bigelow aerospace, iss, miss baker, monkeys, space, space monkeys, spacex

    The first successful flight with two monkeys happened on this day in 1959. Able and Miss Baker were special little creatures, especially Miss Baker. Download episode 14 to hear more about her!