Looking Up

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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.

Previously released on October 10, 2018

Looking Up boldly goes where it's never gone before!

It's a very special episode with actor, author, and recording artist William Shatner which resulted in a meeting between host Dean Regas and the pop culture icon. Tune in as he recounts that momentous night to Anna Hehman.

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Whenever the night skies are clear across the Tri-State, the phone at the Cincinnati Observatory begins ringing nonstop with questions about weird lights in the night sky.

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As we continue our celebration of Women's History Month, we welcome Valerie Ryder, a toxicology specialist at NASA's Johnson Space Center. She talks about the life of a toxicologist and the work she does to ensure air and water safety on the International Space Station.

Dean also answers a kid's question about how old we'd be on other planets.

To celebrate Women's History Month, Dean and Anna are joined by Amy Shira Teitel, author a fascinating new book, Fighting for Space: Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight.

It tells the unheralded story of two women, Jackie Cochran and Jerrie Cobb, striving to be the first woman in space.

Dean also delves into the viral broom challenge. 

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As astronomers continue to discover new planets and exoplanets in our solar system, a new way of gathering information about them is being spearheaded by a professor from The Ohio State University.

Joining Dean and Anna after they talk a little Pi is Professor Scott Gaudi, project co-chair of the Habitable Exoplanet Observatory.

As Valentine's Day approaches, Dean and Anna talk about the romance of space, and some of the myths that exist, plus they look ahead to some of what 2020 has in store in the skies when they talk with Sky and Telescope's news editor, Monica Young.

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On Dean's wish list of guests for the podcast is someone from one of his favorite bands, a somewhat obscure group from the late 90s, early 00s who dressed in space suits and stayed, until the internet, anonymous.

So on this episode, joining Dean and Anna Hehman, is Birdstuff (aka Brain Teasley) from the band Man or Astro-Man? and we think you'll enjoy this offbeat, but obviously joyous to Dean, interview. 

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Night Sky Odyssey is an augmented reality adventure that lets viewers, using a special headset, look into a dark sky, no matter what light pollution they may be in, and see the stars, constellations, and more.

Dean Regas and Anna Hehman find out more from the program's operations and development director, Jon Marcotte, and science communicator Andres Fazekas.

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The International Astronomical Union has been celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and one of its keystone projects was designed to promote and support diversity and inclusivity in the astronomy community.

The project director, Hannah Harris, joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to discuss the early results of the project.

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He's a mission manager for Space X, winner of Canada's Greatest Know It All TV competition, co-hosts a podcast, and is the author of a children's book and three Epic Space Adventures books.

Andrew Rader is an accomplished overachiever and he joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about his latest book, Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars.

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If you think our exploration of Mars ended with NASA's Curiosity, think again!

A new and improved rover is heading to the red planet next year as Dean Regas and Anna Hehman learn from their guest, Ken Williford, deputy project scientist for the Mars 2020 project.

The mysteries of the cosmos have led to wide array of beliefs, stories, legends and more, many of which are completely fabricated with no basis in science or reality.

Author Bob King has released a new book to try address these misconceptions and he joins our Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about Urban Legends from Space: The Biggest Myths About Space Demystified.

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As the successful run of the PBS series Star Gazers comes to an end, it seemed only right to welcome in Dean's co-host of that show, James Albury, for some conversation and reminiscences. James is the director of Santa Fe College's Kika Silva Pla Planetarium.

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.

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