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The Space Above Us

A podcast about the history of NASA human spaceflight. New episodes every other Thursday.
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Nov 26, 2020

Space Shuttle Atlantis has 20 kilometers of tether in the backseat.. but does it know how to use it?

Nov 12, 2020

Columbia is hauling the US Microgravity Laboratory for almost two weeks, and Commander Richards wishes his wife left her cell phone on.

Oct 29, 2020

Space Shuttle Endeavour flies for the first time. But if we're going to capture this satellite, we're going to need all hands on deck. Or on payload bay.

Oct 15, 2020

Before diving into the next mission, we take a quick detour to introduce a bunch of spacefarers, including one who will fly twenty-five times. We'll also learn a bit about why the next mission was necessary in the first place.

Oct 1, 2020

Atlantis is getting ready to fire photon torpedoes at Planet Earth! Well.. sort of.

Sep 17, 2020

Space Shuttle Discovery is packed with so much science it's practically bursting at the seams, but don't forget to take some time to look out the window!

Sep 3, 2020

For a simple IUS-based deploy mission, I sure found a lot to say about this mission! We've got nuclear bombs, caterpillar men, pranks, and multiple near-collisions in the air and in space.

Aug 20, 2020

Discovery has the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite in the payload bay, and it's ready to learn all about the stratosphere and mesosphere! This episode was originally going to have a story about the mission commander trying to ski in space but I ran out of time!

Aug 6, 2020

TDRS-E needs a ride to space, John Blaha is in command, and the middeck is full of science experiments.

Jul 23, 2020

It seems like this human spaceflight thing might be here to stay, so we better do some life sciences experiments and learn more about the impact of microgravity on the human body. Also, Space Shuttle Columbia carries more jellyfish into space than it ever has before.

Jul 9, 2020

Discovery has a payload bay full of multi-spectral instruments and is ready to perform an orbital ballet.

Jun 25, 2020

Atlantis has one heavy satellite to deploy, and the EVA crew has to evaluate some strange exercise devices in the payload bay. Sort of.

Jun 11, 2020

Columbia has a tricky time getting off the launchpad, but once it does, it performs some fancy astronomy that can only be done in space!

May 28, 2020

STS-38 seems to be a run of the mill classified mission at first.. until someone discovers something flashing in GEO.

May 14, 2020

Ulysses has a long journey ahead of it, and it all starts on Space Shuttle Discovery and STS-41!

Apr 30, 2020

The Hubble Space Telescope is finally here and it's about to rewrite the textbooks. If we can just get it to clear the payload bay in one piece.

Apr 16, 2020

Atlantis has something in its payload bay.. what it could be is anyone's guess!

Apr 2, 2020

The Long Duration Exposure Facility has been waiting for its ride home for a while. Let's go catch it before it becomes the Short Duration Exposure to Reentry Conditions Facility.

Mar 19, 2020

We end up with a shorter episode thanks to another classified flight. But if you need a sweet new PC, I think Huey can hook you up.

Mar 5, 2020

Atlantis is back on the launchpad and has another interplanetary mission in its payload bay! Galileo is headed to Jupiter! Please set aside 110 days to download this episode.

Feb 20, 2020

Columbia is back in the flight rotation with a mysterious spacecraft in the payload bay and a mysterious experiment in the middeck!

Feb 6, 2020

The Space Above Us has reached 100 episodes! Let's take a break from space, spaceflight history, NASA, Project Mercury, the X-15, Project Gemini, the Apollo Program, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle, and answer some audience questions! That previous sentence definitely wasn't crafted to make the show more discoverable to space nerds.

Jan 23, 2020

After nearly ten years, NASA is launching another interplanetary probe! Magellan is headed to Venus and it's catching a ride with Space Shuttle Atlantis

Jan 9, 2020

Yes, we went from STS-27 right to STS-29. Discovery is flying again with a TDRS to deploy, some pipes to shake up, and a John Blaha to defend.

Dec 26, 2019

This week we've got classified satellites, alarming heat shield damage, and another Mike is out of his seat!

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