Looking Up

Sharing some truly fascinating stories from his days as a civilian test subject for NASA, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome entrepreneur Kevin Bruns into the studio. 

Summer Ash is a true renaissance woman: former rocket scientist, STEAM educator, STARtorialist blogger, and freelance science communicator.

The music you hear at the start of and throughout each episode of Looking Up is from a band called WHY? and one of its founders, Josiah Wolfe, is also an amateur astronomer who has created several space-themed art and sound installations.

We wrap up our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with one man whose perspective is uniquely different than most – Mark Armstrong, son of NASA legend Neal Armstrong.

He talks about those July days in 1969 and his cameo in the 2018 film about his dad, First Man, in this conversation with hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman.

**AUDIO NOTE: We weren't in our home studio for this episode so we apologize for the audio issue during the first 90 seconds or so.**

Mike Massimino could be considered a Renaissance man or a pure over-achiever. He's a retired NASA astronaut who made four space walks during two shuttle missions to the Hubble Telescope. He's a New York Times bestselling author of Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe. He's a professor at Columbia University. He hosts several science/space themed TV shows and documentaries. And he appeared as a version of himself in six episodes of the hit TV series The Big Bang Theory.

Looking Up continues celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this time by learning more about the entire Apollo mission with Nancy Atkinson, a writer for Universe Today and author of the new book, Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Mission.

As the world prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we go to the hometown of celebrated Astronaut Neil Armstrong so that Dean Regas and Anna Hehman can talk with Dante Cenouri, executive director of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Listen to their conversation by hitting the play button above. 

Dr. Janet Kavandi is a three-time shuttle astronaut, former Director of Flight Operations for NASA, and currently serves as director of NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. In addition, she was recently inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Dean Regas and Anna Hehman are proud to welcome Dr. Kavandi to this episode of Looking Up.

 

What started as a hobby, to create a website about his passion for amateur astronomy, has now turned into a 20-year career.

Fraser Cain, proprietor of the Universe Today website, Astronmycast podcast, and the live Weekly Space Hangout, joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about the evolution of these projects and what continues to make it fun after all this time.

The first picture of a black hole was a worldwide phenomenon, but what is our fascination with these astronomical mysteries?

Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome Nathaniel Scharping, an editor for Discover magazine who wrote about the black hole photograph for Astronomy magazine and astronomy.com.

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Did you know that there is an observatory at the Vatican? Did you now that the two men in charge of the research and operations taking place there are both from the Midwest? 

In this transatlantic conversation, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman learn about the Vatican Observatory from its director, Brother Guy Consolmagno (from Detroit) and head of the Jesuit community at the observatory, Father Paul Mueller (from Cincinnati, a St. Xavier High School graduate).

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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will, when it's operational, conduct a 10-year survey of the sky to provide an amazing amount of data to help answer ongoing questions about our universe.

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With the changing relationships between the US and countries once considered threats, concerns about the use of weapons in space remain.

Dean Regas and Anna Hehman delve into these concerns with Theresa Hitchens, former director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and now Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security Studies at Maryland.

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The recent demise of the Mars Rover Opportunity recalled an article from The Atlantic from 2017 that discussed the humanization of these robots in the minds of many.

Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome the scientist interviewed in that article, Florence Tan, currently the deputy chief technologist of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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A recent article on Space.com caught our attention, so this episode we're talking with the author of that article, Our Milky Way Will Crash into a Neighbor Galaxy Sooner Than You Think, Dr. Michael Wall.

He's a senior writer for Space.com and also author of the book Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious), so you know he had a lot to talk about with Dean Regas and Anna Hehman.

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For more than three decades, Dave Eicher has been writing about space for Astronomy magazine.

The Oxford, Ohio native is now the editor and he joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about how he got into astronomy, some things happening in 2019, and his book Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space Race written with astrophysicist and Queen guitarist, Dr. Brian May.

Dr. Jillian Scudder is an astrophysicist who teaches at Oberlin College in Ohio. She started a science blog in 2013 called Astroquizzical with an "ask the scientist" structure.

She's been answering questions ever since and recently released a book based on the blog, Astroquizzical: A Curious Journey Through Our Cosmic Family Tree

Charles Bolden, Jr. is a retired Marine Major General and astronaut who most recently was the administrator of NASA.

He joins Dean Regas and guest host Lauren Worley (who worked for Major General Bolden at NASA) to discuss his career and the state of space exploration today.

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The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is one of the most iconic structures in the US, featured in a myriad of films and TV shows.

To find out about the mission of the Griffith and its place in pop culture, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome its director, Dr. Edwin Krupp.

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Books make great holiday gifts, and books about space make even BETTER gifts!

Children's book author Mary Kay Carson (Beyond the Solar System, Mission to Pluto) joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about writing eductional, but fun, books for kids.

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