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 35: Sally Ride and The Best of Both Worlds

    Episode  |  June 18th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  3 mins 37 secs
    borg, challenger, nasa, picard, sally ride, shuttle, space, spacex, star trek, the borg, woman astronaut

    Two topics today, Sally Ride became the first American woman astronaut in 1983 and Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds" released in 1990.

  • Episode 34: Royalty in Space and Mr. & Mrs. Pyle

    Episode  |  June 17th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  2 mins 3 secs
    nasa, royalty, saudi arabia, shuttle, space, space shuttle

    Quick episode today!

  • Episode 33: Valentina Tereshkova & Roadtrip!

    Episode  |  June 16th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 48 secs
    cold war, space, space race, valentina tereshkova, vostok

    I'm on the road for the next few days, so please bear with me on the audio quality for some of these episodes. I will have more on Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride this weekend, since both of their historic flights took place in June.

  • Episode 32: Is That a Clipper Ship? No, It Is a Starship

    Episode  |  June 15th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 14 secs
    data, earth, falcon 9, guinan, history, iss, mark twain, of course i still love you, spacex, star trek, starship, the space shot

    On today's episode, a Progress resupply launch for the ISS, SpaceX launch history and news, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  • Episode 31: Difference Engines, Albert II, and the V-2

    Episode  |  June 14th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 24 secs
    animals, difference engine, lego, legos, missiles, monkeys, nasa, otd, rockets, space, spaceflight, v-2, white sands, white sands missile range

    On this day in 1822, Charles Babbage introduced the idea for his Difference Engine, a computational device that he hoped would produce more accurate mathematical tables. Also on this day in 1949, Albert II died after reaching space.

  • Episode 30: The Millennium and Peregrine Falcons

    Episode  |  June 13th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 52 secs
    asteroid field, asteroids, empire strikes back, hayabusa, jaxa, millennium falcon, nasa, pioneer, pioneer 10, space, star wars

    On this day in 1983, the Pioneer 10 probe became the first spacecraft to leave the major planets in our solar system. Also on this day in 2010, the asteroid sample return capsule from the Hayabusa spacecraft lands in Australia.

  • 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.