Weekly Space Hangout: June 2, 2021 – Advances In Warp Drive Technology Research with Dr. Mario Borunda

This week we welcome Dr. Mario Borunda to the show. In his recent article published on EarthSky.com, Mario discusses advancements in warp drive technology research. You can read his article, “Warp Drives: Physicists Give Chances Of Faster-Than-Light Space Travel A Boost,” here: https://earthsky.org/space/warp-drive-chances-of-faster-than-light-space-travel/ Read More

Weekly Space Hangout: May 26, 2021 – Looking for Microbial Life in Space With Dr. Jay L. Nadeau

This week we welcome Dr. Jay L. Nadeau to the Weekly Space Hangout. Jay is an Associate Professor in the Physics department at Portland State University and the founder of the Nadeau Lab (https://motility.research.pdx.edu/index.html) where they research nanoparticles, fluorescence imaging, and develop instrumentation for the detection of life elsewhere in the solar system. Read More

Weekly Space Hangout: May 19, 2021 – Robotics on Mars with Dr. Ethan Schaler

This week we are pleased to welcome Dr. Ethan Schaler to the Weekly Space Hangout. Ethan is a Robotics Mechanical Engineer in the Robotic Actuation and Sensing Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Ethan has backgrounds in Electrical Engineering (PhD), Mechanical Engineering (BS), and Micro/Nanotechnology (MPhil), and collaborates with researchers in a variety of disciplines to design, model, fabricate, and characterize new robotic systems at micrometer- to meter-scales. Read More

Weekly Space Hangout: May 12, 2021 — Exploring Mars with “Professional Martian” Dr. Tanya Harrison

This week we are excited to welcome “Professional Martian” Dr. Tanya Harrison to the WSH. Tanya is a respected Mars expert who worked as a geoscientist and mission operations specialist on multiple NASA Mars missions over the past 13 years, including the Opportunity, Curiosity, and Perseverance rovers, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. A thought leader in the commercial space sector from her previous role as Director of Research for Arizona State University’s NewSpace Initiative, she currently works as the Director of Science Strategy for the federal arm of the Earth observing satellite company Planet Labs. Read More