107: Loose rocks and soft bots with Dr. McMahon

Professor  Jay McMahon  stops by the show to explain the YORP effect and how it changes asteroid spins and shapes. He also describes his NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) project that is investigating the use of soft robots to explore rubble-pile asteroids.  Image: Artist’s impression of an asteroid breakup. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Professor Jay McMahon stops by the show to explain the YORP effect and how it changes asteroid spins and shapes. He also describes his NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) project that is investigating the use of soft robots to explore rubble-pile asteroids.

Image: Artist’s impression of an asteroid breakup. NASA/JPL-Caltech