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Podcast Profile: Gravity Assist

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98 episodes
2017 to 2022
Average episode: 23 minutes
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Categories: Astronomy • Interview-Style

Podcaster's summary: NASA’s interplanetary talk show, hosted by former Chief Scientist Jim Green, introduces you to space professionals working to take exploration into the future.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-20 06:27 UTC. Episodes: 98. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2022-Aug-12 • 24 minutes
Season 5, Episode 32: Finale: Thanks for All the Gravity Assists
On the Gravity Assist podcast we have interviewed dozens of scientists, engineers, and others dedicated to the mission of NASA space exploration. After five years, the show is coming to a close. Here are some final thoughts and episode highlights from the podcast team.
2022-Jul-29 • 28 minutes
Season 5, Episode 31: Meet a Webb Scientist Who Looks Back in Time
The James Webb Space Telescope awed the world on July 12 with its first images and data. And it’s just getting started with its exploration of the cosmos. Dr. John Mather, the observatory’s senior project scientist, has been working toward this milestone for more than 25 years.
2022-Jul-08 • 18 minutes
Season 5, Ep. 30: Gravity Assist: How We Make Webb (and Hubble) Images
The world will get a first glimpse of the universe as never before when the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope come out on July 12. And this is only the beginning — the telescope will deliver all kinds of insights about galaxies, planets, and more, for years to come.
2022-Jul-01 • 22 minutes
Gravity Assist: It’s Raining Diamonds on These Planets
Uranus and Neptune are two of the many exciting and mysterious objects in our universe that the James Webb Space Telescope will soon begin to explore. Learn more about these planets and the Webb telescope’s upcoming observations from astrophysicist Naomi Rowe-Gurney, our guest on this week’s Gravity Assist.
2022-Jun-17 • 22 minutes
Season 5, Episode 28: This is What Mars Sounds Like, with Nina Lanza
With two microphones aboard the Perseverance rover, we can listen to Mars from its surface like never before. In addition to hearing how wind sounds on Mars, we can also listen to Perseverance driving on the surface, the Ingenuity helicopter flying nearby, and more.
2022-May-20 • 25 minutes
Season 5, Episode 27: What Will We Eat on Mars?
Astronauts on the International Space Station have been conducting experiments to grow food, including peppers and radishes. Christina Johnson, a NASA postdoc fellow at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, has been working on a variety of techniques to grow food in space. Learn what she thinks about the future of growing food beyond our planet.
2022-May-13 • 21 minutes
Season 5, Episode 26: How to Grow Food on the Moon
Space botanists are working on strategies to grow crops on the lunar surface, as NASA makes strides toward sending astronauts to the Moon through the Artemis program.
2022-Apr-22 • 23 minutes
Season 5,Episode 25: Walking on Broken Ice, with Catherine Walker
An ice shelf collapsed in East Antarctica in March 2022, concerning scientists who track melting glaciers, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change.
2022-Apr-08 • 22 minutes
Season 5, Episode 24: Do Other Planets Make Pollution?
On a quest to find out if we are not alone in the universe, Ravi Kopparapu at NASA Goddard studies how we could use telescopes to detect signs of life beyond our solar system.
2022-Mar-18 • 25 minutes
Season 5, Episode 23: These Space Rocks Have Seen It All
How do we know if a rock came from the Moon, Mars, or an asteroid? Planetary scientist Neyda Abreu has looked inside all kinds of meteorites to understand where they came from and what’s inside them. She also traveled to Antarctica to hunt for space rock treasure.
2022-Mar-04 • 22 minutes
Season 5, Episode 22: Using Webb to Trace Galactic Histories
The James Webb Space Telescope, which launched Dec. 25, will allow us to see the farthest galaxies and better understand the origins of the Milky Way. Aaron Yung at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is preparing for these historic observations by simulating what Webb will see in the early universe.
2022-Feb-18 • 24 minutes
Season 5, Episode 21: In Case of Space Station Emergency
In space, we have to expect the unexpected. Sunny Panjwani of NASA’s Johnson Space Center shares how he got thrown into an emergency situation on his first day as a flight controller. His team makes sure that astronauts have a safe environment on board the International Space Station.
2022-Jan-28 • 20 minutes
Gravity Assist: Meet NASA’s New Chief Scientist, Kate Calvin
Climate change is one of the most important issues facing our planet, and NASA has lots of space missions and programs in the works to monitor and understand its drivers and effects. Kate Calvin, NASA’s new chief scientist, is also the agency’s senior climate advisor. In this episode, Kate previews  upcoming Earth science missions and discusses cut
2021-Dec-03 • 23 minutes
Season 5, Episode 19: A New Set of X-Ray Eyes is Launching
NASA is about to launch a new spacecraft to look at the universe in X-ray light. The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer, IXPE, will look at extreme objects such as black holes, neutron stars, and supernovae, asking fundamental questions about how high-energy light gets produced.
2021-Nov-19 • 26 minutes
Season 5, Episode 18: How to Move an Asteroid, with Nancy Chabot
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test Mission, or DART, will deliberately impact a small asteroid called Dimorphos to deflect its orbit around a bigger object, Didymos. Nancy Chabot, planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, has the details.
2021-Oct-29 • 20 minutes
Season 5, Episode 17: Solar Power for the Moon
As NASA prepares to send astronauts to the Moon through the Artemis program, engineers are working on technologies that will give these explorers power – solar power, that is. In space, the harsh radiation and huge temperature changes make for a challenging environment.
2021-Oct-22 • 26 minutes
Season 5, Episode 16:Meet a Space Weather Scientist
Yaireska Collado-Vega leads a team at NASA’s Goddard Spacecraft Center that is studying the solar weather environment so that robots and people exploring space can be protected. In this episode of Gravity Assist, she describes the excitement and challenges of understanding space weather, and how she got to be a NASA scientist.
2021-Oct-08 • 27 minutes
Season 5, Episode 15: Lucy and the Space Fossils, with Hal Levison
To get a more complete understanding of the full history of our solar system, NASA is sending a spacecraft called Lucy to investigate the Trojans, mysterious small objects that share an orbit of the Sun with Jupiter. Principal investigator Hal Levison of the Southwest Research Institute
2021-Aug-27 • 27 minutes
Season 5, Episode 14: Goodbye Saturn, Hello Earth
Janelle Wellons likes to say that she operates “fancy space cameras.” At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she creates commands that allow spacecraft to take valuable scientific data in our solar system and here at planet Earth.
2021-Aug-06 • 23 minutes
Season 5, Episode 13: Freaky Physics on the Space Station
The laws of physics get very, very weird in the realm of particles too small for the eye to see. Aboard the International Space Station, an experiment called the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) is exploring how the universe works .
2021-Jul-30 • 22 minutes
Season 5, Episode 12: Diving Into NASA History
In honor of National Intern Day, Gravity Assist features Felicia Ragucci, an undergraduate at Dartmouth College who recently completed an internship with NASA’s History Office and the Office of the Chief Scientist. During her time at NASA, Felicia researched the history of the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator, an underwater training facility where astron
2021-Jul-23 • 25 minutes
Season 5, Episode 11: Onward to Venus, with Lori Glaze
NASA is sending two missions to Venus this decade and participating in a European Space Agency mission there, too. Lori Glaze, director of planetary science at NASA, discusses these missions and why she’s so excited about what we’re about to learn.
2021-Jul-09 • 28 minutes
Season 5, Episode 10: A Chance to Fly on Mars, with MiMi Aung
The idea for NASA’s Mars Ingenuity helicopter began at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a team of dedicated engineers who believed in something seemingly impossible. MiMi Aung served as the project manager on the helicopter, which has now achieved nine flights on Mars.
2021-Jul-02 • 25 minutes
Season 5, Episode 9: This Asteroid Is Metal
Scientists will soon have the opportunity to visit a unique object in the asteroid belt called Psyche, which may be the exposed metallic core of a planetary body that stopped growing before it became a big planet like Earth. Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton explains.
2021-Jun-18 • 25 minutes
Season 5, Episode 8: Let’s Talk About Climate Change
What’s the difference between climate and weather? How does NASA monitor changing sea levels, melting glaciers, and other effects of climate change? Gavin Schmidt, NASA’s acting senior climate advisor, explains how rising temperatures lead to many complex changes both in the oceans and on land.
2021-Jun-11 • 24 minutes
Season 5, Episode 7: From Space Camp to Mission Control
How do astronauts exercise on the International Space Station? How do they train underwater? Tara Ruttley, associate chief scientist for microgravity research at NASA Headquarters, has worked on a lot of fascinating projects to support the human spaceflight program.
2021-Jun-04 • 21 minutes
Season 5, Episode 6: Before You Launch: Practice, Practice, Practice
When future astronauts explore the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, or beyond, they’ll have big challenges communicating with Mission Control back on Earth.
2021-May-21 • 19 minutes
Season 5, Episode 5:Listening to the Universe, with Kim Arcand
NASA spacecraft deliver stunning visual imagery of the cosmos, but we can also experience that data by turning it into sound.
2021-May-14 • 24 minutes
Season 5, Episode 4: Always an Astronaut, with Ken Bowersox
In some ways, spaceflight changes you forever,” says Ken Bowersox. Since he was 7 years old, Ken knew he wanted to become an astronaut. In his astronaut career, he participated in many exciting missions, including an extended stay on the International Space Station.
2021-Apr-30 • 21 minutes
Season 5, Episode 3: Breaking Barriers, with Dana Bolles
Dana Bolles has worked in many exciting areas of NASA including assuring the safety of experiments and spacecraft going to space, managing environmental programs, and thinking about the possibility of life beyond Earth.
2021-Apr-23 • 18 minutes
Season 5, Episode 2: Talking to Ingenuity and Other Space Robots
The Ingenuity helicopter made history on April 19, 2021, with the first powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. How do engineers talk to a helicopter all the way out on Mars? How about other spacecraft? We’ll hear about it from Nacer Chahat of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory ...
2021-Apr-16 • 23 minutes
Season 5, Episode 1: Black Hole Mysteries, with Jeremy Schnittman
What is a black hole? How do we study them when we can’t see them? Astrophysicist Jeremy Schnittman from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center joins NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green for a fascinating conversation about the latest black hole research.
2021-Apr-09 • 2 minutes
Season 5 Trailer – What’s Your Gravity Assist?
Go behind the scenes at NASA with Chief Scientist Jim Green in the Gravity Assist podcast.
2021-Feb-12 • 22 minutes
Season 4, Episode 25: Driving on Mars, with Sophia Mitchell
What does it take to drive a rover that’s more than 100 million miles away? Sophia Mitchell at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been driving the Mars Curiosity rover since 2018.
2020-Dec-23 • 33 minutes
Season 4, Episode 24: Your Questions About Life Out There & Down Here
Why don’t we go live on Saturn’s moon Titan? What would it mean if we found life elsewhere? How did life get its start on Earth? NASA’s chief scientist Jim Green and astrobiologist Lindsay Hays discuss these and other audience questions from social media.
2020-Dec-18 • 19 minutes
Season 4, Episode 23: The Bright Spot of the Asteroid Belt
Between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter is a mysterious dwarf planet called Ceres. Its surface is dark and muddy, but has hundreds of patches of bright material.
2020-Dec-04 • 17 minutes
Season 4, Episode 22: Set Sail for Europa, with Bob Pappalardo
NASA’s Europa Clipper mission will give us the most detailed look yet at Jupiter’s extraordinary moon Europa.
2020-Nov-13 • 20 minutes
Season 4, Episode 21: Mars Takes a Breath, with Jen Eigenbrode
The Curiosity rover has been probing the secrets of Mars since its arrival in 2012. Its discoveries include chemical signatures that could be related to life – or, alternatively, to geological processes.
2020-Oct-30 • 22 minutes
Season 4, Episode 20: The History of the Future, with Steven Dick
Astronomer and historian Steven Dick tells us there are many approaches to consider and many questions we should ask ourselves to get ready, in case extraterrestrial life is found.
2020-Oct-09 • 23 minutes
Season 4, Episode 19: Life in the Clouds, with David J. Smith
While more research is needed, Smith and others are fascinated by the possibility that airborne microbes could also be found elsewhere in the solar system, and beyond.
2020-Sep-25 • 22 minutes
Season 4, Episode 18: Why Icy Moons are So Juicy
A great era of exploration of the icy moons is about to begin. Athena Coustenis of the Paris Observatory talks about missions to the icy moons of the outer solar system and international collaborations with NASA and ESA.
2020-Sep-11 • 17 minutes
Season 4, Episode 17: Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of Life?
If astrobiologists find life beyond Earth in the solar system, it will most likely be in the form of tiny organisms called microbes – nothing that would talk to us.
2020-Aug-21 • 16 minutes
Season 4, Episode 16: Our Sun, Our Life, with Vladimir Airapetian
Vladimir Airapetian, scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, explains what researchers hope to find as they gaze beyond our solar system.
2020-Aug-14 • 18 minutes
Season 4, Episode 15 Looking For Life in Ancient Lakes
As the Perseverance Rover flies toward Jezero Crater on Mars, which once hosted water, astrobiologists are interested in places on Earth that are similar to the rover landing site.
2020-Aug-07 • 17 minutes
Season 4, Episode 14: Gardens at the Bottom of the Sea
Laurie Barge, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, studies how plant-looking mineral structures called chimneys grow from chemicals found at the deepest depths of the ocean. In her lab she has glass vials and bulbs full of different chemical mixtures that simulate undersea conditions.
2020-Jul-17 • 28 minutes
Season 4, Episode 13: She Protects Other Planets from Our Germs
As we explore Mars and other places in the solar system that might have life, scientists who work in Planetary Protection are busy making sure that we don’t contaminate them.
2020-Jun-26 • 24 minutes
Season 4, Episode 12: The Search for Technosignatures
Jason Wright, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, has been thinking about the different technosignatures we could pick up using the telescopes we already have, and the telescopes that we could develop in the future.
2020-Jun-18 • 23 minutes
Season 4, Episode 11: Where are the Goldilocks Stars? With Giada Arney
Giada Arney, astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is looking at the potential for K stars to host habitable worlds. Learn about how stars affect planetary environments and why complex life on early Earth was impossible.
2020-Jun-12 • 23 minutes
Season 4, Episode 10: Puffy Planets, Powerful Telescopes
NASA astrophysicist Knicole Colon describes her work on the Kepler, Hubble, TESS and Webb missions, and takes us on a tour of some of her favorite planets.
2020-Jun-05 • 28 minutes
Season 4, Episode 9: Is Our Solar System Weird?
We now know there are more planets than stars in the galaxy. Many of them are very different from ours. How would we know if any of them had life? Shawn Domagal-Goldman, astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, discusses these strange and wondrous worlds beyond our Sun.
2020-May-29 • 24 minutes
Season 4, Episode 8: There’s Life Under Ice in Antarctica.
From diving in Antarctica’s ice-covered lakes to exploring Mexico’s Cave of the Crystals, NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay has been searching for life in a wide variety of extreme environments on Earth.
2020-May-22 • 23 minutes
Season 4, Episode 7: Deep Oceans in Deep Space, with Morgan Cable
Some of the most fascinating targets in the search for life in our solar system are moons of giant planets. Morgan Cable, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, discusses these wondrous worlds, the exotic locations where she has done fieldwork, and the research she has done on the chemistry of life that could thrive on Titan.
2020-May-15 • 24 minutes
Season 4, Episode 6: Life’s Building Blocks, with Jason Dworkin
When Earth was just a baby, meteors and asteroids rained down, delivering all sorts of chemicals to our developing planet. These small objects could have delivered the chemicals needed to spark life on Earth for the first time.
2020-May-08 • 43 minutes
Season 4, Episode 5: What If We Found Life On Mars?
Imagine a future where the Perseverance Rover actually found definitive evidence of life on Mars. What would happen next? The Explore Mars Society recently held a virtual discussion on this topic with NASA’s chief scientist Jim Green and astrobiologist Penelope Boston from NASA’s Ames Research Center.
2020-May-01 • 24 minutes
Season 4, Episode 4: Persevering on Mars, with Mitch Schulte
NASA’s upcoming Mars Perseverance rover, scheduled to launch in July, is bringing a set of technologies to explore the Red Planet in new ways. Mitch Schulte of NASA Headquarters discusses this mission and the effort to explore whether Mars had life in the past, or even now
2020-Apr-24 • 23 minutes
Season 4, Episode 3: Could We Find Billion-Year-Old Cholesterol?
Could we find lipids beyond Earth? NASA astrobiologist Lindsay Hays explores this and other topics in her research. She also discusses places interesting for the search for life in our solar system and beyond.
2020-Apr-17 • 21 minutes
Season 4, Episode 2: Life on the Rocks, with Heather Graham
To study the history of life on Earth and look for it beyond our planet, scientists in the field of astrobiology look for signs called “biosignatures.” NASA Goddard researcher Heather Graham discusses some of the oldest evidence of life on Earth and what scientists are searching for when they look for biosignatures in ancient rocks. By looking at w
2020-Apr-17 • 28 minutes
Season 4, Episode 1: What is Astrobiology? With Mary Voytek
How did life originate and evolve here on Earth? What form could life take elsewhere – and where else could life survive beyond our planet? These are questions that scientists called astrobiologists tackle every day. By using space telescopes, doing laboratory experiments and studying extreme environments on Earth, astrobiologists hope to uncover n
2020-Apr-15 • 2 minutes
Introducing Gravity Assist Season 4: Searching for Life
Is there life beyond Earth? How did life get started on Earth anyway? This season of NASA’s Gravity Assist podcast is about the origins of life on Earth and the search for life elsewhere.[scald=338003:full_width][scal...
2019-Dec-19 • 22 minutes
Season 3, Episode 15 — Astronauts Go Back to Moon School, with Kelsey
Besides learning how to live in space, astronauts training for Artemis missions to the Moon will need to become experts in geology, so they know what to look for when they're scoping out rocks and other features. Kelsey Young of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center describes her experience of teaching astronauts through analog sites, places on Earth
2019-Dec-10 • 25 minutes
Season 3, Episode 14: The Moon's Holy GRAIL
Recent maps of the Moon's gravity have taught us a lot about its overall shape, and have been invaluable for lunar exploration. Maria Zuber, principal investigator of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, reflects on the twin spacecraft and their implications for future investigations.
2019-Sep-27 • 22 minutes
Season 3, Episode 13: The Moon Quakes! With Walter Kiefer
Just like earthquakes help scientists figure out what's going on inside our home planet, moonquakes have taught scientists a lot about the interior of the Moon.
2019-Sep-12 • 23 minutes
Season 3, Episode 12: Fire Fountains on the Moon, with Dave Draper
Early in its history, the Moon was molten, with “fire fountains” erupting from its surface. How did the Moon cool down and become the quiet, cratered world we know today? NASA’s Chief Scientist Jim Green chats with NASA’s Deputy Chief Scientist Dave Draper about the Moon’s volcanic past and what we have learned from Apollo lunar samples.
2019-Aug-23 • 21 minutes
Season 3, Episode 11: The Moon Was Like a Magnet, with Sonia Tikoo
From lunar samples brought back in the Apollo program, scientists have figured out that the Moon once had a shield around it called a magnetosphere, just like the Earth has today. As NASA prepares to send humans to the Moon, and eventually on to Mars, scientists are exploring the Moon's magnetic past.
2019-Jul-18 • 25 minutes
Season 3, Episode 10: Beyond Apollo with Jake Bleacher
It's been 50 years since humans walked on the moon. Now NASA is planning to return, this time to stay. What will future lunar missions look like? Why do we go back at all?
2019-Jun-28 • 32 minutes
Season 3, Episode 9: Your Moon Questions Answered
Why do we see only one face of the Moon? What would happen to Earth if the Moon didn't exist? We dive into questions you asked on social media.
2019-Jun-21 • 26 minutes
Season 3, Episode 8: The Moon Rocks! With Barbara Cohen
Learn how Moon rocks can reveal all kinds of information about our nearest neighbor, as NASA prepares to send astronauts to the Moon and on to Mars.
2019-Jun-13 • 29 minutes
Season 3, Episode 7: Mapping the Moon, with Noah Petro
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched 10 years ago this month, has made groundbreaking discoveries about the Moon, and will pave the way for future human exploration with NASA's Artemis mission.
2019-Jun-06 • 29 minutes
Season 3, Episode 6: Why So Many Craters on the Moon? With David Kring
NASA's Artemis program will send astronauts to the lunar south pole by 2024, where there is a giant impact crater. Learn how craters teach us about the history of both the Moon and Earth.
2019-May-30 • 22 minutes
Season 3, Episode 5: Where's the Water on the Moon? With Jen Heldmann
The Moon has a large supply of water that could be useful in future human exploration, says NASA scientist Jennifer Heldmann.
2019-May-09 • 31 minutes
Season 3, Episode 4: Why Do We Have a Moon? With Robin Canup
Learn about how the Moon formed in this conversation with Robin Canup of the Southwest Research Institute.
2019-May-02 • 27 minutes
Season 3, Episode 3: Where Could We Go on the Moon? Steve Mackwell
With NASA planning to send astronauts to the Moon by 2024, Steve Mackwell chats about the Moon’s exciting unexplored areas.
2019-Apr-24 • 18 minutes
Season 3, Episode 2: Buying a Ride to the Moon, with Steven Clarke
Steven Clarke, the Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration at NASA, talks about NASA’s plans to partner with companies for delivering new instruments and technology demonstrations to the Moon.
2019-Apr-11 • 30 minutes
Season 3, Episode 1: Meet NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
NASA’s got big plans to send people to the Moon, and then on to Mars. What are we going to do at the Moon?
2019-Apr-01 • 1 minutes
Season 3, Trailer
What’s so special about our Moon? Join Jim Green, NASA’s chief scientist, for a podcast season that dives into the Moon’s history and mysteries, as well as NASA’s plans to send astronauts there by 2024.
2018-Dec-11 • 25 minutes
Season 2, Episode 10: The Sun’s Mysteries with Thomas Zurbuchen
Thomas Zurbuchen, the Associate Administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, joins NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green to discuss the mysterious we still need to solve about the Sun, and more!
2018-Sep-26 • 27 minutes
Season 2, Episode 9: Planetary Defense and Oumuamua with Kelly Fast
NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green sits down with Dr. Kelly Fast, a planetary astronomer to discuss planetary defense and Oumuamua.
2018-Sep-11 • 24 minutes
Season 2, Episode 8: Sunspots and Solar Flares with Alex Young
NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green sits down with solar scientist Alex Young to discuss the Sun’s powerful explosions.
2018-Aug-15 • 17 minutes
Season 2, Episode 7: Mars Dust Storm with Melinda Kahre.
Listen in as NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green discusses the Mars dust storm with a dust storm expert, Melinda Kahre.
2018-Aug-01 • 29 minutes
Season 2, Episode 6: Exoplanet Hunting with Jon Jenkins
Listen to Chief Scientist Jim Green and a co-investigator on the Kepler and TESS missions, Jon Jenkins, discuss exoplanet-hunting and all the amazing discoveries Kepler has made.
2018-Jul-17 • 30 minutes
Season 2, Episode 5: Asteroid Hunting with Lindley Johnson
NASA has been on the lookout for any asteroid that could cause our planet harm and, in the thousands of objects found, determined that none poses a threat to Earth.
2018-Jul-03 • 25 minutes
Season 2, Episode 4: Exploring Mars with Steve Squyres
NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity rovers were only supposed to rove around Mars for 90 days. Listen in with Steve Squyers from Cornell University as he recounts the amazing discoveries we’ve made about the Red Planet because of these two long-lived rovers.
2018-May-02 • 25 minutes
Season 2, Episode 3: Mars and InSight with Bruce Banerdt
With its seismometer and heat probe instruments, InSight will investigate the deep dynamics of Mars, helping scientists discover what lies within its core and learn more about how rocky bodies form throughout the solar system.
2018-Apr-12 • 23 minutes
Season 2, Episode 2: TESS & Exoplanets with Martin Still
On Monday, April 16th, NASA is scheduled to launch its newest exoplanet hunter: the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).
2018-Mar-01 • 23 minutes
Season 2, Episode 1: Explorer 1 with Jim Green
The year was 1958; the space race was on. NASA’s first space satellite, Explorer 1, launched a Geiger counter and miniature tape recorder into space that registered astonishingly high radiation levels above Earth. This discovery gave humanity its first glimpse of the Van Allen radiation belts, named for James Van Allen.
2018-Feb-07 • 24 minutes
Season 1, Episode 12: Science and Science Fiction with Andy Weir
NASA’s Jim Green and bestselling author Andy Weir explore the fascinating intersection of science and science fiction.
2018-Jan-31 • 20 minutes
Season 1, Episode 11: The Kuiper Belt with Alan Stern
In this episode of Gravity Assist, Jim Green talks with New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern about what we’ve learned about Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69.
2018-Jan-24 • 19 minutes
Gravity Assist Podcast, Pluto with Alan Stern
In this episode of Gravity Assist, Jim Green talks with New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute about what the July 2015 flyby of Pluto revealed about this mysterious and diverse world.
2018-Jan-17 • 16 minutes
Season 1, Episode 9: Uranus and Neptune with Amy Simon
n this episode of Gravity Assist, NASA’s Jim Green and Amy Simon discuss Uranus, Neptune, and Neptune’s intriguing moon – Triton -- and what we still have to learn about these mysterious bodies.
2018-Jan-10 • 21 minutes
Season 1, Episode 8: Saturn with Linda Spilker
With me today is Dr. Linda Spilker from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She's the project scientist for our Cassini Mission, which as everyone knows, had a recent spectacular finale at Saturn.
2018-Jan-03 • 22 minutes
Season 1, Episode 7: Jupiter with Jared Epsley
As large as 1,000 Earths, Jupiter is the heavy hitter of the solar system. Even its Great Red Spot is larger than Earth, yet it’s shrinking! In this episode of Gravity Assist, Planetary Science Director Jim Green talks with Jared Espley of NASA’s Juno mission.
2017-Dec-20 • 23 minutes
Season 1, Episode 6: Mars with Bruce Jakosky and Michael Meyer
With Jim Green today is the “man about Mars,” Bruce Jakosky from the University of Colorado. Bruce is the principal investigator of NASA's MAVEN mission. Joining them is Michael Meyer the lead Mars scientist at NASA Headquarters.
2017-Dec-13 • 22 minutes
Season 1, Episode 5: The Moon with Sarah Noble
Jim Green is joined by lunar expert Sarah Noble to discuss how the Moon was formed, lava tubes and moonquakes, the “dark side of the Moon,” and mysteries we have yet to solve about Earth’s nearest neighbor.
2017-Dec-06 • 22 minutes
Season 1, Episode 4: Earth with Tom Wagner
NASA not only seeks to unravel the secrets of the solar system and the universe, we have a robust program to better understand how Earth works as a system, how it’s changing, and to assist when natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes occur.
2017-Nov-29 • 24 minutes
Season 1, Episode 3: Venus with David Grinspoon
The next stop on our virtual tour is Venus, the closest planet to Earth and the hottest planet in our solar system, with surface temperatures scorching enough to melt lead.
2017-Nov-22 • 22 minutes
Season 1, Episode 2: Mercury with Faith Vilas
Our virtual tour of the solar system continues with Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun. Since it’s tough to observe Mercury except at dawn or twilight, most of what we know about Mercury is from NASA’s Mariner 10 and MESSENGER missions.
2017-Nov-15 • 23 minutes
Season 1, Episode 1: The Sun with Nicky Fox
We start our “Gravity Assist” virtual tour of the solar system with – where else – the Sun! Jim is joined by Project Scientist Dr. Nicky Fox of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab to talk about our fascinating star and NASA’s upcoming Parker Solar Probe—a mission to “touch the Sun.”
2017-Nov-02 • 1 minutes
NASA’s New “Gravity Assist” Podcast Debuts Nov. 15, 2017
Hi, I'm Jim Green, NASA's director of planetary science. I'm excited to tell you about a new podcast series. It's called NASA's Gravity Assist. Please join me as I talk with some of the greatest planetary scientists of our time.