While covering the Orion launch for StarTalk Radio, our Social Media Coordinator Stacey Severn interviewed NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and asked her questions provided by our fans on Facebook. Cady discusses the role astronauts have in planning missions to the ISS and the Orion test flight, the biggest hurdle to establishing a permanent human presence in space, long term effect of zero gravity on astronauts, going to Mars, and what can be learned by playing with your food in micro-gravity.
While covering the Orion launch for StarTalk Radio, our Social Media Coordinator Stacey Severn was able to grab this interview with NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold and Sesame Street’s Elmo. They talk about how the International Space Station, how they got interested in space, exploring Mars, and studying science and math.
Our fans ask the questions, and we just answer them. In this video, Bill Nye the Science Guy answers a fan’s question about whether he’d ever run for President. Eugene Mirman and Mike Massimino volunteer to be part of the administration, but the real surprise is what Bill lets slip.
Do you remember when all mainstream news networks had a science correspondent? A fan does, and she wants to know where the coverage of advancements in science has gone. Guest host Bill Nye offers up some alternative sources, but co-host Eugene Mirman and guest astronaut Mike Massimino aren’t letting the networks off the hook that easily.
When a fan asks how we can solve the looming question of energy storage, engineer and guest host Bill Nye explains the science involved in liquid metal batteries… and, with an evil laugh, the potential profit involved for any company that makes them. Bill tells co-host Eugene Mirman and guest Mike Massimino how the batteries, which use magnesium, salastro t and antimony, can be placed in buildings and store renewable wind and solar energy during the day for later use, revolutionizing society and improving the quality of life for everybody.
Guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy has a question of his own for astronaut Mike Massimino: “Do you guys really drink Tang?” The answer isn’t so simple, thanks to NASA rules, regulations and restrictions, but it makes for a surprisingly “generic” Star Talk Radio “Behind the Scenes” video. As co-host Eugene Mirman says, “There’s no branding in space.” Candy covered chocolates, anyone?
A fan wants to know if there are any theoretical limits on the size of a star, but there’s no way he could have anticipated just how theoretical comic co-host Eugene Mirman would get with Bill Nye’s answer involving black holes and gravity.
A fan wants to know if we really have to choose between funding Cassini or Curiosity when it comes to NASA funding. Co-host Eugene Mirman and guest astronaut Mike Massimino sit back and listen as guest host Bill Nye gets passionate about why both are important and why we need to increase NASA’s budget for planetary science.