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The official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center, the home of human spaceflight, stationed in Houston, Texas. We bring space right to you!

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  • Launch America
    Fri, Jun 15, 2018

    Kathy Lueders, Manager of the Commercial Crew Program, gives us a brief history of the program, how it started, and where it is now. Leuders talks about the 2 commercial companies, Boeing and SpaceX, and their space vehicles that will carry astronauts into low Earth orbit. HWHAP Episode 49.

  • Moon Rocks
    Thu, Jun 07, 2018

    Ryan Zeigler, a planetary scientist and the lunar sample curator, talks about the moon rocks brought to Earth during Apollo, the facilities that keep them, and what were still learning from them. HWHAP Episode 48.

  • Astronaut, M.D.
    Fri, Jun 01, 2018

    Serena Au??n-Chancellor shares her story about becoming an astronaut from her education in engineering and medicine to her time at NASA as a flight surgeon.Au??n-Chancellor discusses her training and expectations before her first trip to space. HWHAP Episode 47.

  • Stories of Unity
    Fri, May 25, 2018

    For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we team up with our Asian Employee Resource Group to share the stories from 4 guests on their unique paths coming to NASA from different backgrounds. HWHAP Episode 46.

  • Digital Space
    Fri, May 18, 2018

    Annette Moore, the Director of Information Resources and the Chief Information Officer at the Johnson Space Center, tells us about data and information in space as well as the tech we use for human spaceflight operations, including space station imagery and how it's changed over time. HWHAP Episode 45.

  • Spacecraft Displays
    Fri, May 11, 2018

    Jeff Fox, Chief Engineer of the Rapid Prototype Lab at the Johnson Space Center, tells the history and evolution of displays and controls in the space shuttle. Fox reveals details behind some of the new displays that are being designed to fly on the Orion spacecraft. HWHAP Episode 44

  • Diet Like an Astronaut
    Fri, May 04, 2018

    Dr. Scott Smith, NASA nutritionist and the manager for nutritional biochemistry, discusses the differences in the way astronauts have to eat in space versus the way we eat here on Earth. HWHAP Episode 43.

  • The Space Launch System: Part 2
    Fri, Apr 27, 2018

    Paul Bookout and David Smith continue their conversation about the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V: The Space Launch System. The experts discuss the construction, testing, evolution and potential of the skyscraper-sized launch vehicle. HWHAP Episode 42

  • The Space Launch System: Part 1
    Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    Paul Bookout and David Smith talk about the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V: The Space Launch System. The experts discuss what the rocket is made of, where it will go, and what will be inside. HWHAP Episode 41

  • Tough and Competent
    Fri, Apr 13, 2018

    Colonel TJ Creamer shares his story from humble beginnings in the military to tweeting from the International Space Station. Creamer describes his transition as the first and only individual to be both an astronaut and a flight director. HWHAP Episode 40.

  • BEAM and Expandable Spacecraft
    Fri, Apr 06, 2018

    Rajib Dasgupta and Gerard Valle talk about the commercial test module currently attached to the International Space Station called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). The respective former and current project managers for BEAM discuss the history and future of expandable spacecraft. HWHAP Episode 39.

  • Stories of Her Strength
    Fri, Mar 30, 2018

    For Women's History Month we brought in 4 women in leadership at the Johnson Space Center to share their stories of persevering through challenges and rising through the ranks. HWHAP Episode 38.

  • Human vs. Machine
    Fri, Mar 23, 2018

    Dr. Tina Holden, Human Factors Technical Fellow with Leidos, talks about the challenges that astronauts may face when interacting with computers. Holden discusses some of the research that has been done on the space station to investigate these issues. HWHAP Episode 37.

  • Teacher on Board
    Fri, Mar 16, 2018

    Ricky Arnold, NASA Astronaut, talks about his time as an educator, his first flight on the Space Shuttle, and his plans to teach from space during his first long-duration flight on the International Space Station starting on March 21, 2018. HWHAP Episode 36.

  • A Ride in Orion
    Fri, Mar 09, 2018

    Jeff Fox, Chief Engineer of the Rapid Prototype Lab, talks about some of the testing and training for Orion. Fox brings the actual audio from inside the Orion capsule during its first flight so you, the listener, can experience what it would be like to ride inside the spacecraft. HWHAP Episode 35.

  • A Seismic Journey
    Fri, Mar 02, 2018

    Drew Feustel, NASA Astronaut, talks about his education in Geology and Seismology, his previous 2 shuttle missions, and his expectations before launching on March 21, 2018 for his first long-duration mission in space. HWHAP Episode 34.

  • The Zero-G Workout
    Fri, Feb 23, 2018

    Dr. Andrea Hanson, Exercise Countermeasures Operations Lead, talks about what happens to the human body in microgravity, what NASA is doing about it, and how we can use this knowledge to go deeper into space. Hanson also describes some parts of astronaut exercise that have inspired her workouts. HWHAP Episode 33.

  • African American History Month
    Fri, Feb 16, 2018

    For African American History Month, we team up with our African American Employee Resource Group to bring 4 guests from different areas of expertise like life support systems, robotics, flight control and leadership to explain what they do and the paths they took to work at NASA. HWHAP Episode 32.

  • The James Webb Space Telescope
    Fri, Feb 09, 2018

    Jonathan Homan, Project Manager for Webb's Chamber A Testing, talks about how the James Webb Space Telescope has been designed, built, and tested, especially in the vacuum chamber here at the Johnson Space Center. He also describes what the telescope will be looking for in the universe and how it will work. HWHAP Episode 31.

  • Infamous Meteorites
    Fri, Feb 02, 2018

    Dr. Duck Mittlefehldt, Planetary Scientist, talks about some curious findings in meteorites and the adventures endured to procure them. HWHAP Episode 30.

  • The National Lab in Space
    Fri, Jan 26, 2018

    Patrick O'Neill, Marketing and Communications Manager at CASIS, talks about the part of the International Space Station designated as a U.S. National Laboratory, what that means, and how CASIS manages research from all over the world that could ultimately benefit humankind. HWHAP Episode 29.

  • 3 Weeks in a Capsule
    Fri, Jan 19, 2018

    Jessica Vos, Crew Systems Engineer, talks about how astronauts will operate in the Orion capsule for deep-space missions that can go up to 3 weeks: like how they’ll eat, sleep, exercise, work, and if needed, be prepared for the worst. HWHAP Episode 28.

  • The Search for Life
    Fri, Jan 12, 2018

    Dr. Aaron Burton and Dr. Marc Fries, Planetary Scientists, talk about searching for organic material in meteorites from around the solar system. They share what we're finding that helps us understand the fundamentals of life here on Earth and possibly the universe. HWHAP Episode 27.

  • Can You Hear Me Now?
    Fri, Jan 05, 2018

    Bill Foster, Ground Controller in Mission Control Houston, talks about how space communication networks work and what they will look like for missions into deep space. HWHAP Episode 26.

  • A Rocket on a Rocket
    Fri, Dec 29, 2017

    Wahab Alshahin, Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer, talks about what a launch abort system is, how it works, and why it's necessary to send humans to space. HWHAP Episode 25

  • Space Habitat
    Fri, Dec 22, 2017

    Lisa Spence, Flight Analogs Project Manager, and Dr. Paul Haugen, HERA Operations Engineer, talk about the space habitat analog here in Texas. They talk about what it's like inside, what crewmembers do on missions, and how to sign up to participate in this study. HWHAP Episode 24.

  • Test Pilot to Astronaut
    Fri, Dec 15, 2017

    Scott Tingle, NASA Astronaut, talks about his education in mechanical engineering, his time in the Navy as a test pilot, and his astronaut training before his first mission to the International Space Station in December, 2017. HWHAP Episode 23.

  • Astronaut Health
    Fri, Dec 08, 2017

    Dr. Natacha Chough, Flight Surgeon, talks about what flight surgeons do and how they work with astronauts to monitor their health during spaceflight. She reveals health concerns that are unique to the space environment. HWHAP Episode 22.

  • Microgravity University
    Fri, Dec 01, 2017

    Mike McGlone, NASA Education Specialist, talks about how the different education programs here in Texas influence students to pursue careers in STEM and STEAM fields, including careers here at NASA. HWHAP Episode 21.

  • Special Delivery with NASA in Silicon Valley
    Fri, Nov 24, 2017

    Shane Kimbrough, NASA Astronaut, and Dennis Leveson-Gower, Senior Project Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, talk about cargo and science going to and from the International Space Station. Houston We Have a Podcast teams up with NASA in Silicon Valley Podcast. HWHAP Episode 20.

  • Weather to Launch
    Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    Tim Garner, Meteorologist in Charge at the Johnson Space Center, talks about how weather affects human spaceflight, especially for launches, landings, and tests. He also reveals how Hurricane Harvey impacted operations here in Houston. HWHAP Episode 19.

  • Mars
    Fri, Nov 10, 2017

    Dr. Doug Archer, Planetary Scientist, talks about Mars: what its made of, what it's like on the surface, and why it's such an intriguing place for humans to visit in the next giant leap. HWHAP Episode 18.

  • Orion
    Fri, Nov 03, 2017

    Nujoud Merancy, Mission Planning and Analysis Lead for the Orion spacecraft, talks about what Orion is, how it will work, what kinds of tests are being done, and where in space it will go. HWHAP Episode 17.

  • Spacesuits
    Fri, Oct 27, 2017

    Les Padilla, Hardware Manager of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), talks about spacesuits: how they work, what they're made of, how they've evolved over time, and what they'll look like in the future. HWHAP Episode 16.

  • Live from Space: Astronaut Photography
    Fri, Oct 20, 2017

    In a live recording from space, astronauts Randy "Komrade" Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli, Joe Acaba, and Mark "Sabot" Vande Hei talk about about photography and the view of Earth from the International Space Station. HWHAP Episode 15.

  • Robotic Arms in Space
    Fri, Oct 13, 2017

    Tim Braithwaite, Liaison Manager for the Canadian Space Agency, talks about robotic arms in space: how they were conceived and developed, how they work today, and how the technology is useful on Earth. HWHAP Episode 14.

  • Before His First Flight
    Fri, Oct 06, 2017

    Mark Vande Hei, U.S. astronaut, shares stories of his training and tips he learned from fellow astronauts before launching to the International Space Station for the first time on September 12, 2017. HWHAP Episode 13.

  • Leading Human Space Exploration
    Fri, Sep 29, 2017

    Ellen Ochoa, Director of the NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about human space exploration: what we’re doing here in Texas to make it a possibility, how we’re working with commercial and international partners, and what the future has in store for a human presence in space. HWHAP Episode 12.

  • Mission Control
    Fri, Sep 22, 2017

    Mary Lawrence, Flight Director in Mission Control Houston, talks about what it’s like inside Mission Control, what it takes to be a flight controller and flight director, how mission control has evolved, and what it may look like in the future. HWHAP Episode 11.

  • Average Joe, Educator, Astronaut
    Fri, Sep 15, 2017

    Joe Acaba, U.S. astronaut, talks about his time in the Marine Corps and Peace Corps, his previous missions to space, and his background as a high school and middle school educator. HWHAP Episode 10.

  • International Space Station #2: Research
    Fri, Sep 08, 2017

    Dr. Tara Ruttley, Associate Program Scientist for the Space Station, talks about the kinds of scientific research we're doing and learning aboard the orbiting complex. Ruttley discusses why the research is important for us here on the Earth and for sending humans into deep space. HWHAP Episode 9.

  • Hurricane Harvey Update
    Wed, Aug 30, 2017

    Well as you probably know, southeast Texas was just slammed with the furious winds and torrential downpour of Hurricane Harvey. A lot of Houstonians were affected by the storm and the 40+ inches of rain that came with it. Here is a quick update of what has happened here in Houston. We'll be back with a full episode next week.

  • Exploring the Cosmos with Styx
    Fri, Aug 25, 2017

    Glenn Lutz and John Connolly, exploration experts at NASA, chat with Tommy Shaw and Lawrence Gowan from the band Styx about human exploration of the solar system. They discuss the challenges of sending humans into deep space and draw parallels to live music performances. HWHAP Episode 8.

  • Total Eclipse Over America
    Fri, Aug 18, 2017

    Dr. Mark Matney, Space Debris Scientist and Astronomer, talks about the science and history of eclipses. He also describes the total solar eclipse that will sweep over the U.S. on August 21, 2017, and how to safely view it. HWHAP Episode 7.

  • The Most Awesome Podcast from Space
    Fri, Aug 11, 2017

    Jack "2fish" Fischer, NASA Astronaut, talks about life on the International Space Station... while on board the International Space Station. This podcast was recorded during a live event on Aug 10, 2017. HWHAP Episode 6.

  • Astronaut Training
    Fri, Aug 04, 2017

    Randy "Komrade" Bresnik talks about what astronauts have to study, know and endure to be successful in space. Bresnik recalls his astronaut training experiences and moments of his previous spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 5.

  • Space Food
    Fri, Jul 28, 2017

    Dr. Takiyah Sirmons, food scientist, talks about space food: what it is, how its packaged, and what happens to an astronauts palate after living in space for several months. HWHAP Episode 4.

  • Landing From Space
    Fri, Jul 21, 2017

    Dr. John Charles, Chief Scientist of the Human Research Program at the NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about what happens to the human body in space. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough gives a first hand account of landing from space. HWHAP Episode 3.

  • Your 2017 Astronaut Class
    Fri, Jul 14, 2017

    Anne Roemer, Manager of the Astronaut Selection Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about the new Astronaut Class of 2017: who they are, what they bring to the table and why these 12 people were chosen out of more than 18,000 applicants. The 2017 class also plays “2 Truths and a Lie.” HWHAP Episode 2.

  • International Space Station
    Fri, Jul 07, 2017

    Dan Huot, Public Affairs Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, talks about the International Space Station: what it is, how it works, what it’s made of, and why it’s there. HWHAP Episode 1.

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