Big Picture Science Radio Show - DIY Spaceflight

How the geeky son of immigrant parents incentivized construction of the first private spaceship and kick started the commercial launch industry. Also, how you can build your own Earth-observation satellite, and how black women mathematicians broke the color barrier a half-century ago to get a man into orbit, and humans to the moon.
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ufo
Pentagon Studies and SETI
With great ballyhoo, the government has admitted to instigating a secret study of UFOs over the course of about five years, ending in 2012. While this effort did not find any conclusive proof of visitation, it has produced much excitement among those who think that extraterrestrials are in our skies.
December 20, 2017
Oumuamua
Is this mysterious space rock actually an alien spaceship?
It’s in the news because people want to know if it’s a rock or a rocket. The “it” in question is a weirdly oblong asteroid that goes by the barely pronounceable moniker Oumuamua.
December 18, 2017
mars
Life on Mars: If Past Life on Mars Existed, it Co-evolved with the Martian Environment
A new article in Astrobiology, “The Coevolution of Life and Environment on Mars: An Ecosystem Perspective on the Robotic Exploration of Biosignatures,” is available online today and in the January, 2018 issue.
December 18, 2017
jupiter
Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Dec 4 – Dec 10, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
December 15, 2017
November activity report
Carl Sagan Center Activity Report November 2017
Carl Sagan Center Activity Report for November 2017
December 15, 2017

Geminids Meteor shower Dec. 12 -15, 2017
Be on the lookout for the Geminids meteor shower, it should be visible from December 12-15, peaking on the 13th.
December 12, 2017

News and Announcements

  Tuesday Feb. 14, Seth Shostak and Eugene Mirman Get Real About Climate Change
On this week’s episode of StarTalk All-Stars, veteran host Seth Shostak and co-host Eugene Mirman invite guest Ken Caldeira, climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, for a serious discussion about climate change.
  Feb. 15 Webinar - Characterization of Mars Analogs from Speaker Dr. Janice Bishop SETI Institute
Join us on February 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MST for this complimentary webinar. Dr. Janice Bishop will give a live speech.
  The University of the Underground is open for application
SETI Institute's Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun, is now up to a new challenge. She is opening a university in the undergrounds of cities.
  The Kepler-K2 Team Wins the National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering
Are these some new cosmic phenomenon, an odd habit of nature that we never knew? Or could they be the deliberate wails of societies howling from the farthest corners of space?
  What’s Causing Those Mysterious ‘Bursts’ From Deep Space?
Are these some new cosmic phenomenon, an odd habit of nature that we never knew? Or could they be the deliberate wails of societies howling from the farthest corners of space?
  NASA Flying Observatory Makes Observations of Jupiter Previously Only Possible from Space
NASA & DLR Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. Image Credit: NASA.
  Why Are Only Americans Interested in the Hunt for Extraterrestrials?
Why Only Americans Are Interested in the Hunt for Alien Life? Seth Shostak writes about the idea for NBC’s mach/space page.
  The International Space Orchestra, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists, is releasing a cover of Sigur Rós’ Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása.
As part of the festive season, The International Space Orchestra offer covers of Sigur Rós’ song Viðrar vel til loftárása, produced by Sigur Rós with long-term collaborator musician Alex Somers, and performed by the International Space Orchestra.
  Are the Salad Days for Intelligence Still to Come?
Could it be that Homo sapiens is the first intelligent species in the cosmos? Given the number of planets now known to pepper space, that seems unlikely. Seth Shostak writes about the idea for NBC’s tech/science page.
  Take Me to Your Artist
SETI Institute artists are being inspired by our search for alien life.

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