Robots

143: Telescope robots with Dr. Ramirez

Dr. Solange Ramirez  returns to the show to talk about her new position as Project Manager of the  Sloan Digital Sky Survey V . Amount other things, the project will study over six million stars and how black holes change over time. These millions of measurements will be made using a robotic telescope system that is currently being built.    Above: Dr. Ramirez, holding one of the telescope robots described in the episode.

Dr. Solange Ramirez returns to the show to talk about her new position as Project Manager of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V. Amount other things, the project will study over six million stars and how black holes change over time. These millions of measurements will be made using a robotic telescope system that is currently being built.

Above: Dr. Ramirez, holding one of the telescope robots described in the episode.

Episode 47: Punching an asteroid with Dr. Walsh

Dr. Kevin Walsh  visits the show to talk about a new NASA mission that will launch later this year:  OSIRIS REx ! This spacecraft will visit an asteroid, grab a bit of surface material, and return the material to Earth for further study. Dr. Walsh talks about the mission and explains how you can help scientists pick the best place on the asteroid for the spacecraft to grab a sample.

Dr. Kevin Walsh visits the show to talk about a new NASA mission that will launch later this year: OSIRIS REx! This spacecraft will visit an asteroid, grab a bit of surface material, and return the material to Earth for further study. Dr. Walsh talks about the mission and explains how you can help scientists pick the best place on the asteroid for the spacecraft to grab a sample.

Episode 46: Spacecraft no bigger than a breadbox with Dr. Asphaug

Professor  Erik Asphaug  stops by the show to discuss  AOSAT-1 , a tiny spacecraft that will contain experiments to study the surface of asteroids. AOSAT-1 will rotate once every minute, creating a force inside that exactly mimics gravity on an asteroid. We discuss how AOSAT-1, a  cubesat , is being designed and built, and how it may launched from the space station in a “ cubesat cannon ”.

Professor Erik Asphaug stops by the show to discuss AOSAT-1, a tiny spacecraft that will contain experiments to study the surface of asteroids. AOSAT-1 will rotate once every minute, creating a force inside that exactly mimics gravity on an asteroid. We discuss how AOSAT-1, a cubesat, is being designed and built, and how it may launched from the space station in a “cubesat cannon”.

Episode 29: Keeping the James Webb Space Telescope cool with Dr. Stone

The James Webb Space Telescope is the biggest astronomy project in the world right now. It’s an amazingly complex robot, and some of its sensors need to be kept cool.  Dr Kris Stone  talks about the cooling system, and how it will be tested during the longest continuous test ever conducted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the biggest astronomy project in the world right now. It’s an amazingly complex robot, and some of its sensors need to be kept cool. Dr Kris Stone talks about the cooling system, and how it will be tested during the longest continuous test ever conducted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.