Video: TMRO Orbit 11.29 – “NASA’s InSight mission to study Mars”

The latest episode of Space is now available on line: NASA’s InSight mission to study Mars – Orbit 11.29 – TMRO

The Principal Investigator of NASA/JPL’s InSight Mission, Bruce Banerdt, joins us to talk about their mission to Mars, looking for Marsquakes and the latest on InSight itself.

News topics and launches covered:

Space Launches:

  • Blue Origin Mission 9
  • Falcon 9 Launches Telstar 19 VANTAGE
  • Ariane 5 Launches Galileo 23-26
  • Falcon 9 Launches Iridium-7 Mission

In Space News:

  • Water on Mars
  • Commercial Crew Hype
  • TESS begins hunting planets



Satellites image fires, lava flows, and heatwaves in US and Europe

Here is a sampling of satellite images of recent events in the US and Europe:

** Fires in California: US weather satellites view wildfires in California: Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 16 and 17: Monitoring storm systems and California’s wildfires |

More about satellite imaging of the US West Coast fires from space at NASA Satellite Sees Fires Up and Down U.S. West Coast | NASA.

** Volcano lava flows in HawaiiNASA satellite captures lava destruction from Kilauea volcano – CNET

Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano flowing to the Pacific Ocean, imaged July 25 by NASA’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection (ASTER) instrument. Vegetation shown in red, clouds in white and lava in yellow. Credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems/U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
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Another image from Satellite View of Kilauea Eruption – NASA JPL:

This image from NASA’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA’s Terra spacecraft show recent eruptions of Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii (the Big Island). Following days of increased seismic activity, Kilauea erupted May 3, 2018, and triggered a number of additional fissure eruptions along the East Rift Zone. The eruptions and high level of sulfur dioxide gas (SO2) prompted evacuations in the area, including the Leilani Estates subdivision near the town of Pahoa. The ASTER images, acquired on May 6, 2018, show different aspects of the eruption. A color composite depicts vegetation in red, and old lava flows in black and gray. Superimposed on the image in yellow are hotspots detected on the thermal infrared bands. The easternmost hot spots show the newly formed fissures and the lava flow spilling to the northwest. Continue...

** Fires in Greece: DigitalGlobe shows images of the sites in Greece where wildfires hit suddenly.

This article includes side by side views with sliders to compare before and after the fires: Satellite images show the intensity of the flames that devastated coastal Greece — Quartz

** Europe’s summer heatwave:

As this year’s heatwave continues, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission reveals once again how the colour of our vegetation has changed in just one month. These two images cover the same area: part of Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, part of Germany and part of France, but the difference between them couldn’t be more striking. The first, captured on 28 June 2018, is predominantly green, depicting healthy vegetation. The second, captured on 25 July 2018, however, is mainly brown, showing just how much the vegetation has changed owing to the long hot dry spell Europe has been enduring over the last weeks.

These two images were captured by Sentinel-3’s ocean and land colour instrument. See also similar captures over Germany, Denmark and Sweden: European drought.


The Space Show this week – July.30.2018

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, July 30, 2018; 2-3:30 pm PDT (4-5:30 pm CDT, 5-6:30 pm EDT): We welcome Libby Jackson,  the Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Program Manager for the UK Space Agency and author of Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space.

2. Tuesday, July 31, 2018: 7-8:30 pm PDT; 9-10:30 pm CDT; 10-11:30 pm EDT: We welcome back Dr. Pat Patterson who will talk with us about the great SmallSat Conference for 2018.

3. Wednesday, August 1, 2018: Hotel Mars. See Upcoming Show Menu and the website newsletter for details. Hotel Mars is pre-recorded by John Batchelor. It is archived on The Space Show site after John posts it on his website.

4. Friday, August 3, 2018; 9:30 am -11 am PDT, (12:30 -2 pm EDT; 11:30 am -1 pm CDT): We welcome back Dr. Thais Russomano,  CEO and Scientific Director of InnovaSpace, which aims “to open up the world of Space and the Space Life Sciences to broaden and enable participation in this unique area, where Space becomes a platform for social, cultural and scientific development”.  She is editor of the new book, Into Space: A Journey of How Humans Adapt and Live in Microgravity.

5. Sunday, August 5, 2018: 12-1:30 pm PDT; 2-3:30 pm CDT; 3-4:30 pm EDT. TBD

See also:
* The Space Show on Vimeo – webinar videos
* The Space Show’s Blog – summaries of interviews.
* The Space Show Classroom Blog – tutorial programs

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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Video trailers: “The First” – Hulu TV series with Sean Penn + “First Man” – Film with Ryan Gosling

The First is a new Hulu original series starring Sean Penn about the first human mission to Mars. It will premier on September 14th. Here is the trailer:

From the caption:

The First is created by Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and stars Sean Penn. Set in the near future (2030), this groundbreaking story explores the challenges of taking the first steps towards Mars. Viewers will get an intimate look at the dedicated characters trying to reach the unknown while dealing with the psychological and physical toll it takes to achieve the impossible.


July 20, 2019 will be the 50th anniversary of the first time a human set foot on another celestial body. A start on the coming year of tributes and remembrances will be the movie First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. It is currently set to open on October 12th. Here is a trailer:

From the caption:

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Written by Academy Award® winner Josh Singer (Spotlight), the drama is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Chazelle and Gosling. Isaac Klausner (The Fault in Our Stars) executive produces. DreamWorks Pictures co-finances the film.



Videos: “Space to Ground” report on the ISS – July.27.2018

Here is this week’s Space to Ground report from NASA on the latest happenings regarding the  International Space Station:

NASA Adminstrator Jim Bridenstine talks with astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei who have lived on the ISS. He included “questions from the agency’s social media followers”: