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Jun 7, 2021

Astronomy Cast Ep. 608: NASA Perseverance, The First 100 Days

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

As you all know, Pamela refuses to talk about any missions which aren't actually doing science. Well, Perseverance has crossed the line, from fantasy to an actual working rover, scooping regolith and yeeting helicopters. What...


May 31, 2021

Astronomy Cast Ep. 607: InSight and Earthquakes

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

Mars is cold and dead today, but the massive volcanoes tell us what the planet used to be like, millions and even billions of years ago. But how volcanically active is the planet today? That's what NASA's Mars InSight lander is there...


May 24, 2021

Astronomy Cast Ep. 606 - Time Dilation: Skipping Thru Time

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

Have you ever wanted to be a time traveler? Well, good news! You're time traveling right now. Into the future at one second per second. Taking too long? Don't want to wait? Good news, Einstein's got you covered. Today, let's talk...


May 17, 2021

Astronomy Cast Ep. 605: Sounding Rockets

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

Last week we talked about balloon-based astronomy. This week we're gonna talk about putting telescopes on rockets and making observations mid flight. Welcome to the wild world of sounding rockets.


May 10, 2021

Astronomy Cast Ep. 604: Balloon Astronomy

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

So when you think about the world's observatories, I'm sure you're imagining huge telescopes perched atop mountain peaks or space telescopes like Hubble. But you might be surprised to learn that some telescopes are carried high into the...