Wait, what? Are you comparing Mars to a candy bar? Nee, a Mars Bar? Maaaaybe. Insight on Insight! But we’ll be talking about Insight, which should be landing on Mars on Monday, November 26th, 2018. First you heard of it? Well, frankly, we had a reminder from The Oatmeal (and he has a fantastic comic about it involving a mole). Want to watch? Maybe you can clear some time out this Monday! And NASA can help – check out https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/timeline/landing/watch-in-person/ And if you want to see the pictures of Venus that LD was talking about? You can find them at http://www.thescinewsreporter.com/2018/11/japanese-akatsuki-probe-sends-back.html
Hawaiicon 2018 – Part 1 Whoohoo! Wow! Is it possible to scratch your science and fandom itch at the same time? Why yes, yes it is! Dr’s Stephanie and Tim Slater are two of the directors of the 2018 HawaiiCon, and they’ve joined us on the show! What’s going on? Who will be there? Why, we talk about that and more!
Back by popular demand its Dr. Armstrong! And since we’re lucky enough to have him two times in a row? More Science! “To heck with the show format,” LD cried. “Lets do all astronomy, all science today!” So we did!
For SCIENCE! Play it again, Sam! We continue our Dr. Armstrong special, plus get a surprise call from another scientist! How cool is that?
Dr. JD Armstrong from the UH Institute of Astronomy has joined us, so naturally we’re talking SPAAAACE! Space, with J.D! – Part 1 One of the great questions right now is “if there’s intelligent life out there, why haven’t they contacted us?” Well, there’s this little thing called the Fermi Paradox and Dr. JD gets into it!
Space is receciving our radio (and television) signals, and has been for quite some time. So, could aliens see our broadcast TV and Top 40 countdowns? In theory, yes! Space, with J.D! – Part 2 So, why haven’t they replied back with requests for more Moody Blues? Well, our domesticated astronomer Dr. JD talks about that and more!
This week an old idea came up again: Space Force. Space Wha-? A sixth branch of the military dealing exclusively with space has been tossed about before in decades past. So, naturally, we had to jump on to its return. What do we think? Any upsides? And downsides? And what should it actually do? We discuss that and more in this first hour!
Are our best days behind us and space? Do they have to be? NASA is doing all right – Part 2 We take your calls and discuss NASA, space, science investment and more!
The Slaters talk more about science, astronomy, and HAWAIICON! Never been to HawaiiCon? Maybe you could start looking! Talking with the Slaters! – Part 2 Just announced exclusively on Maui Online? Femi Taylor will be at HawaiiCon this year! http://www.hawaiicon.com/ Some of the books mentioned on the show today! Blade Runner: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – https://amzn.to/2DRNOco Ready Player One – https://amzn.to/2G6T7GY Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein – https://amzn.to/2I3XUK1 Hyperion – https://amzn.to/2G72Eh7 And a reminder of a good anti-malware utility! https://www.foolishIT.com/
SpaceX and the Falcon Heavy made the news this week, and for good reason! It was a very important test flight that was skillfully marketed with Tesla Roadster payload. Ask Our Astronomer – Part 1 So, what’s up with all that? What’s the big deal? Join Jonathan, LD, Sam, and our special guest Dr. Armstrong as we discuss the test flight in retrospect!