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Jan 31, 2020

After 16 years of taking amazing data that has generated amazing science, the Spitzer space telescope was decommissioned. In this episode we look at its role as a part of the Great Observatories program, it’s prolonged life as JWST has been delayed. Now, astronomy is without far infrared capacity, but we have a wealth...

Jan 30, 2020

In a week of gloomy winter weather in the US, new magnetic details from the Inouye Telescope, and new solar wind sounds from the Parker Solar Probe brighten our day, and there was no satellite collision to brighten our night last night.

Jan 29, 2020

It's been a quiet week for spaceflight with only two launches! Annie chats about the PolarNOx and SpaceX launches before introducing India's new space robot. Unfortunately, she's also the bearer of bad news from the latest GAO report on JWST: there's still problems slowing down integration, which means that there...

Jan 28, 2020

Today remember the heroes NASA has lost in its three winter space craft disasters. It is hard, but it is important. We also bring you a note about the Spitzer Space Telescope and it's final days and observations

Jan 27, 2020

In today’s episode we take a look a the hot planet Kelt-9b that is getting super-heated by its super-hot star, and examine how a white dwarf - brown dwarf binary periodically goes boom. We also note that the US House is proposing a bill to change all NASA’s human exploration plans to repoint them at Mars.