Voyager’s Lithium Battery; Keeps Going and Going… September 16, 2013

Show notes for September 16, 2013

Hosts: Ryan, Jesse, Paul
Title: Voyager’s Lithium Battery; Keeps Going and Going…

Tonight we celebrated the news that Voyager 1 has officially broken through the heliopause and is now bathing in the radiation from interstellar space. This is a huge moment for human exploration into nature. Jesse summarizes the work on a recent Gamma Ray Burst, Paul talks of Lithium in stars, and Ryan delivers on his promise to tell us about Odyssey. Show notes and podcast below. Thanks for listening.

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Flaring Super Moon Rising on Mars: June 24th, 2013

Show notes for June 24th, 2013
Hosts: Harrison, Paul, Jen, Ryan
Title: Flaring Super Moon Rising on Mars (made of Lithium)

This week in space/astronomy history:
 1. June 29, 1995 U.S. Space shuttle docks with Russian space station (Launched on June 27th) – also the 100th human space mission in American History.  This was referred to as the beginning of a “new era of friendship and cooperation” between the U.S and Russia.
2. Today in 1982 Soyuz-T-6 launched carrying the first Western European astronaut to go into space. Wonder who it is? The answer is General Jean-Loup Chrétien. In April 1979, the Soviet Union offered France the opportunity to fly a cosmonaut… on board a joint Soviet-French space flight, along the same lines as the agreement to fly non-Soviet cosmonauts from member countries of the Intercosmos program. The offer was accepted, and France began a cosmonaut selection program in September 1979. Chrétien was one of two finalists named on June 12, 1980 and he started training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in September 1980. The following year he was named as the research-cosmonaut for the prime crew of the Soyuz T-6 mission. To learn more about him see http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/chretien.html
3. June 24 1915: Birthday of Sir Fred Hoyle (died August 20 2001).  Coined the term “Big Bang” (March 1949) and as early as 1946 worked out the pioneering details of stellar nucleosynthesis.  Did NOT share in the 1983 Nobel Prize (with Fowler and Chandrasekhar).
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