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When most people think about space they think of astronauts, names like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Chris Hadfield are familiar to an awful lot of people. But for every astronaut that makes it to space there are legions of smart, dedicated, and interesting people who plan, design, build and operate the mission, spacecraft and instruments that make up the space program. Terranauts is about those people. The ones that go to space all the time, without ever leaving the planet. These are their stories.
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In this episode of Terranauts we talk about the beginnings of the other great endeavour in space. Instead of talking about leaving the planet to explore space, we're going to talk about the early efforts to work from space to understand the Earth and improve life here. Specifically, we are going to talk about the early efforts to literally connect the world, by sending satellites to space. Along the way we're going to introduce another first Terranaut. In this case, it's John H Chapman, Canada's first Terranaut, and one of the people that more or less invented the profession we now refer to as the "Space Scientist."
Today on Terranauts the second part of my conversation with the Quintessential Terranaut Dave Kendall.  We talk about Dave's career managing increasingly larger and more international programs until he ended up as the chair of one of the United Nation's largest and most active committees.  Not bad for a lad from Twickenham.
This week on Terranauts we're taking a break from our regular run of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet to bring you a fascinating interview with David Kendall who could be described as the quintessential Terranaut. On Terranauts we often talk about the fact that no gets to space alone. We are fond of saying that space is a team sport, not only for individuals but for countries as well. Over the course of the past season and a half we have certainly talked to our share of Terrantauts with extensive international experience. But I think It's pretty rare to have one with the pedigree of today's guest. Dr. David Kendall has not only been at the forefront of major international collaborations for the last 40 years, he has also been a Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation AND for two years he was the Chair of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
Having completed a "textbook" mission with Wally Schirra's flight, it was now time to go for a full day on orbit with the flight of Mercury-Atlas 9 and Gordon Cooper. But this would be the final act of Project Mercury. The project had been a complete success, but its day was done as NASA and the world moved beyond simply wondering if a human could leave the planet - and started wondering what humans - and their inventions - would do when they were there.
If you can do something three times, doing it three more times doesn't sound like it should be that hard.  Unless, of course, you're talking about orbiting the planet. In this episode we take a look at the third Project Mercury manned orbital flight - which doubled the number of orbits from 3 to 6 and we talk about why that was a lot more work for the Project Mercury Terranauts than you might have expected.
In this episode we return to the story of Project Mercury. Having managed to achieve its original object of getting and American into orbit, Project Mercury, life was now changing as NASA's manned space activities expanded to include the new Gemini and Apollo programs.  And, now that NASA had discovered it knew how to get a humans into orbit, they needed to start thinking about what they were going to do there.
Last week, on 28 January, NASA marked its Day Of Remembrance. It was a day set aside to honour the sacrifices of all astronauts who have died in the pursuit of the human exploration of space. In this episode of Terranauts, host Iain Christie sits down with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to talk about those we have lost and what their sacrifices have meant.
The need to do big things is a basic human urge.  The need to do them together is an even more basic one.  Going to space satisfies both those urges in fundamental and sometimes profound ways. But human beings have been captive to the Collective Power of The Big Idea for a long time.  In this episode, Terranauts host Iain Christie muses on how the theme of working together to accomplish big things can be seen as far back as ancient Athens and how it expresses itself today.
When we left Project Mercury they had finally managed to have a successful orbital flight.  All of the technologies, techniques and procedures had been tested.  The global tracking network was in place.  There was only one thing left to do.  Put an astronaut in the capsule and get him into orbit... and bring him home, of course.  In this episode of a Terranauts Guide To Leaving The Planet, NASA finally makes it to the big leagues - getting to orbit and setting a course for the moon.
This week's installment of The Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet is called "Project Mercury Gets Around."  When we left the Mercury Flight Control team they were just about to make their first attempt to get an American into space.  Once they cleared that hurdle though, the game would change again, as they confronted all of the things they would need to learn in order not just to get to space, but to stay there for at least one orbit around the earth.  Oh yes, and did we mention, the President was about to let the world know that he had much bigger plans for the American space program.
In this episode of a Terranauts Guide to Leaving The Planet, we return to the story of First Terranaut Gene Kranz and the early days of NASA's Mercury Project which was supposed to get the first American into space. As we found out last time, though, Project Mercury was having trouble getting more than a few inches off the launch pad. In addition to that, they had some pretty big challenges to overcome. Most of which had nothing to do with getting to space, and everything to do with connecting places on Earth.
If you were going to spend some time on board a drilling rig in the North Atlantic, in the foggiest place on the planet where icebergs are common, you would probably want Des Power looking over your shoulder from space.  Des and the team at C-CORE have been solving the problem of tracking icebergs from space for more than 20 years.  Des didn't start out wanting to go to space, but that's where he spends a lot of his time these days and there are a lot of people who are glad he does.
Today we have another instalment of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet. The guide is our exploration of spaceflight, the challenges that have been overcome in getting there, and the people who overcame them. Today's focus, a young engineer named Gene Kranz who would later become the NASA Apollo Flight Director, and who famously said of the rescue of Apollo 13, "failure is not an option."
Meet Terranaut Sarah Gallagher, Science Advisor to the President of the Canadian Space Agency, professor at Western University in London, Ontario, and supermassive black holes and galaxy researcher.
In the latest instalment of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet, Iain talks about the first Terranauts. In this multi-episode track, Iain first discusses Wernher von Braun who could be considered the first Terranauts. von Braun's life and story is a complicated one. His work, which started in earnest in Germany shortly before World War II led to the first rockets that sent humans to space.
Welcome to the Terranauts first episode of Season 2. On this episode we talk to long time  Terranaut Colleen Merchant who worked on the international team that  designed and built the Space Station and the international flight  control team that continues to support it on orbit today. Her career has taken her from the Tropical heat of Houston summers to  the frozen wasteland of Saint-Hubert, Quebec in January. She has worked  for both NASA and the Canadian Space Agency in roles ranging from purely  technical, to leading teams to strategic planning at the national  level. She has developed new rendezvous procedures for the space shuttle  and spent many hours in Mission Control watching those procedures play  out on orbit. About Season 2: This year on Terranauts we're going to offer a mix of interviews with  Terranauts, people who go to space all the time without leaving the  planet. In addition to our interviews we're also planning regular  installments of  the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet where we  explore the history of humankind's adventures off the planet. - Please support Terranauts on Patreon.
As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts"  episodes. This is our Summer Series Best of episode 4, Apollo 13 and Stan Rogers in Tales From Mission Control. The latest Terranauts podcast happens to be the 13th episode and it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission. So naturally Iain provides a unique and insightful look at the mission.
As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts"  episodes. This is our Summer Series Best of episode 3, Tales from Mission Control.  Host Iain Christie takes you on a journey through Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control Center during the 90’s with the first part of a this new series, Tales from Mission Control.
Best of - Launch Day

Best of - Launch Day


As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts"  episodes. This is our Summer Series Best of episode 2, Launch Day. Launch Day is a quintessentially Terranaut experience, and this is Iain's Launch Day story.
As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts" episodes for the next three weeks. This week, host Iain Christie, recounts the story of when he realized what it meant to be what he now calls a Terranaut.
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