Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

Space and astronomy news from Fraser Cain, Publisher of Universe Today

About the show

The Guide to Space is a series of space and astronomy podcasts by Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today

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Episodes

  • Episode 717: Q&A 136: Should Falcon Heavy Launch the Lunar Gateway? And More...

    February 23rd, 2021  |  47 mins 21 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's questions show, I talk about why some missions go into orbit, and other missions make a direct landing on Mars. Is it a good idea for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy to launch components for the Lunar Gateway? And how can we know if the Universe is finite or infinite?

  • Episode 716: Q&A 135: Where Will We Find Life First? In the Solar System or Another Star?

    February 16th, 2021  |  48 mins 3 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's questions show, I explain why there are separate challenges for finding life in both the Solar System and in the Milky Way. Can we use water as a propulsion system in space? Will there be interferometer telescopes launched into space?

  • Episode 715: Interview: Chris Prophet, SpaceX From the Ground Up

    February 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    This week I interview Chris Prophet, the author of "SpaceX from the Ground Up". His book, now in its 6th edition covers the story of SpaceX, from its initial concept to the latest Starship tests.

  • Episode 714: Q&A 134: Could Tethered Starships Provide Artificial Gravity? And More...

    February 8th, 2021  |  43 mins 35 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's Q&A show, I answer questions about Starship might be able to provide artificial gravity, whether I'd prefer to have LUVOIR or the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope, and if nuclear-powered rockets will work in space.

  • Episode 713: Interview: The Story of the Europa Clipper: "The Mission" with David Brown

    February 1st, 2021  |  59 mins 42 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's interview, I talk to David Brown about his new book: The Mission. It's all about the campaign to design and build the Europa Clipper mission and everything that happened behind-the-scenes.

  • Episode 712: Q&A 133: What's Causing the Expansion of the Universe? And More...

    February 1st, 2021  |  44 mins 50 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's QA, I talk about what's driving the expansion of the Universe, how big the observable Universe is to the actual Universe, and what will happen to dogs in gravity.

  • Episode 711: The Universe in Formation. Hubble Sees 6 Examples of Merging Galaxies

    January 23rd, 2021  |  6 mins 27 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    Contributing author Matthew Cimone decided to record an audio narration for his article this week on Universe Today. I thought it was a cool idea, so I included it here on the podcast feed. Let me know if you enjoyed it and want to hear more of them.

  • Episode 710: Interview: Robots Made of Ice with Devin Carroll

    January 23rd, 2021  |  59 mins 5 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's interview, I talk with Devin Carroll, a robotics Ph.D. student at the modular robotics lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Devin is working on robots that can build their own structure out of ice.

  • Episode 709: Q&A 132: How Much Of The Universe Could We Ever Explore? And More...

    January 20th, 2021  |  55 mins 21 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's live Q&A, I talk about the new Space Launch System hot-fire test, how Breakthrough Starshot spacecraft might be able to communicate with home, and what messages would we send to aliens that we might never be able to reach physically.

  • Episode 708: Q&A 131: Can Breakthrough Starshot Slow Down? And More...

    January 14th, 2021  |  53 mins 46 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    Welcome to the new style Q&As, which we're now recording every Monday live on my YouTube channel at 5pm Pacific Time. This week we got a lot of great questions about the Proxima Centauri signal, the Fermi Paradox, and Breakthrough Starshot.

  • Episode 707: Interview: The Story of the Milky Way with Chris Carr

    January 12th, 2021  |  59 mins 58 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's interview, I talk with Chris Carr, one of the co-hosts in the Weekly Space Hangout. Chris is a grad student at Columbia University, specializing in the cosmos inside and outside the Milky Way.

  • Episode 706: Open Space 100: Did We Really Detect a Signal from Proxima Centauri? And More...

    December 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 30 mins
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's last QA of 2020, I go long answering questions about space and astronomy. I talk about the news of a radio signal received from Proxima Centauri, an update on my attempts to learn Mandarin Chinese, and a long diatribe about megaconstellations and their impact on astronomy.

  • Episode 705: Open Space 99: Would Alien AI Be Friendly to Us? And More...

    December 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's live QA, I answer questions about the source of the Earth's water, what happened to Theia after it collided with the Earth? And can we hope for alien artificial intelligence to be peaceful?

  • Episode 704: Interview: Elizabeth Howell PhD, Canada's Role in Space Exploration

    December 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 58 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    My guest this week is the science journalist Elizabeth Howell.

    Dr. Howell is one of the most prolific space journalists working in the field, contributing thousands of articles across almost every space news site (including Universe Today). She has also written and collaborated on several books.

    Her latest book is called "Canadarm and Collaboration", and it's all about Canada's role in spaceflight.

  • Episode 703: Open Space 98: Can White Dwarf Stars Have Habitable Planets? And More...

    December 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's live questions show, I explain why planets can remain habitable long after their stars have died, what we're going to do now that Arecibo has collapsed, how we'll explore the oceans underneath Europa. I also answer the question of whether or not I'm ready to learn about the secret Galactic Federation.

  • Episode 702: Interview: Alex Ignatiev and Manufacturing on the Moon

    December 7th, 2020  |  54 mins 33 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    My guest this week is Alex Ignatiev, from Lunar Resources. Alex and his team are working on a rover that could build solar panels, wiring and even radio antennae out of lunar regolith. This could support future bases or even radio telescopes.