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What makes a scientific discovery really important? It's partly down to how much scientists use the discovery in subsequent work -- but it’s also partly down to what inspires their imagination. In this episode, the Hubblecast talks to some leading astronomers about their favourite Hubble discovery. Meanwhile, our presenter, Dr J, struggles to make up his mind. More information: http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/hubblecast42a/
Hubble's history of scientific breakthroughs has made us think afresh about our Universe. But behind the astronomical successes is a rollercoaster ride of scientific and technical challenges going back decades. The Hubblecast caught up with some of the key players in Hubble's history, including an astronaut, a Nobel Prize winner and one of the scientists who diagnosed Hubble's blurred vision in 1990. In this episode, narrated by veteran ESA scientist Bob Fosbury, they tell Hubble’s story through their personal experiences.
In early 2009, a team of astronauts visited Hubble to repair the wear and tear of twenty years of operating in a hostile environment - and to install two new instruments, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, and Wide Field Camera 3 - better known as WFC3. More information: http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/hubblecast40a/
For centuries, scientists imagined objects so heavy and dense that their gravity might be strong enough to pull anything in - including light. They would be, quite literally, a black hole in space. But it’s only in the past few decades that astronomers have conclusively proved their existence. Today, Hubble lets scientists measure the effects of black holes, make images of their surroundings and glean fascinating insights into the evolution of our cosmos.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is working on three of the most ambitious projects in its history just now. These multicycle treasury programs are using Hubble's unique ability to observe across the spectrum from ultraviolet, through visible, to infrared light, to build up a library of data which will serve astronomers for many years. In this podcast episode, presenter Dr J (aka Joe Liske) looks at these projects, and how they will complement the capabilities of the next great thing in space-based astronomy, the James Webb Space Telescope.
The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics presents Peter C Theisinger. Pete is currently the Director, Engineering and Science Directorate at JPL but has also served as the manager of the Mars Science Laboratory or MSL.
As space geeks we just assume everyone thinks investing in science and more specifically space is a great idea. But there are many who may disagree. In this live show we ask you, why should we invest in science and space?
Leading up to ESO’s 50th anniversary in October 2012, we are releasing eight special ESOcasts, each a chapter from the movie Europe to the Stars — ESO’s First 50 Years of Exploring the Southern Sky. The third special episode of this series – "entitled Seeing Sharp" – presents ESO’s flagship facility: the Very Large Telescope (VLT). In this episode we discover the state-of-the-art technology behind this telescope, which has provided astronomers an unequalled view of the Universe.
Russia has leaked an extremely ambitious 18 year plan to go back to the moon, set up ground stations on Mars and explore our solar system. Do you think they have what it takes to make it happen? Is this the beginning on a new space race? Or is all of this just talk that won't lead to anything?
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says when we have 13,000 people on the moon they can submit to become the next state in the USA. Is it possible in todays risk averse culture to get that process moving by the year 2020, or are there too many hurdles?
In the first episode of our 5th season we ask you the community do we need Governments to keep space alive? Or is our future better served in the hands of private companies? Speaking of private companies while the traditional space powerhouses are laying off more and more people the new Mohave based companies are hiring. But is it enough? An Atlas V Heavy rocket lifted off the pad carrying a DoD communications satellite. The European Space Agency is looking to go to the moon in 2018 using technology they already have built. And we look at the community feedback from our 4.24 episode of Spacevidcast all in this action packed Spacevidcast Live show.
Known as the Rocket Whisperer, Doug Jones will be guiding the Salon?s quest to gain insight into the current state of advanced space technology and the future of things to come. Doug will speculate on the viability of using possible technological advancements such as space tethers, beamed power, gun launches, and electromagnetic sails as a means to realize humanity's continued reach into the cosmos.
For a full rundown of all of the stories covered in this live show, check out the wiki page: http://wiki.spacevidcast.com/en/4.22 In this community live show we explore what role NASA should take in 2012, a new Space Code of Conduct being developed, life on Venus and community questions.