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Rod Pyle: Blast from the Past

Rod Pyle

Episode 1840

Rod is back with the latest in space news. This week, we saw a moon rocket get stacked for the first time since 1972. The Orion 2 uncrewed test mission will launch and fly around the moon to test Orion's lunar capabilities. The launch is expected in February of next year. The mission is expected to last a month to six weeks. By contrast, Apollo only lasted a few days on the moon. Why? Because NASA is building a lunar gateway, a smaller version of the International Space Station, to be in orbit around the moon. So it's exciting. We're about to go back to the moon! 

Rod Pyle: Space Faring

Rod Pyle

Episode 1826

Rod joins Leo to talk about Mars news. Perseverance finally managed to get a sample of a rock, which will be kept for a return mission at a later date. They're hoping by 2027-28, they'll be able to launch a new mission to return it. The less good news is that NASA's relationship with Russia's Space Agency is getting strained due to political issues. Russia feels slighted that they aren't part of NASA's return to the moon. Now they're talking to China, and that leaves the ISS in a state of limbo.

Rod Pyle: Tin Foil Hats in Space

Rod Pyle

Episode 1795

Rod joins Leo to talk about the latest in Space News. The big news was the Chinese Long March booster rocket, which put up the first module of China's space station and then reentered the atmosphere in an uncontrolled fashion. It ended up breaking up and crashing somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Rod says that China has had a cavalier attitude towards what happens to their rockets, and they are fast-tracking their space station with a damn the torpedos full steam ahead outlook, which Rod says is concerning. 

SpaceX to Launch First Manned Mission to the ISS Today

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Episode 1699

After a rain delay on Wednesday, SpaceX is poised to launch its first manned mission to the International Space Station with DM-2. Leo says that while critics say that money shouldn't be "wasted" on space exploration, Leo disagrees, saying that a tiny fraction of the federal budget goes to NASA and the Commercial Space Program, and the benefits of what we learn far outweigh what we spend, or the risk. And it always has.