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REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week we're addressing numerous questions that have come in about the purpose of space telescopes by sharing a recent discovery.  One for the record books! NASA just announced an exciting new finding from the Hubble Space Telescope – the farthest star ever seen in the universe. Nicknamed “Earendel” by its discoverers, this star's light took a whopping 12.9 billion years to reach us. Here to answer our questions is Dr. Michelle L Thaller, Assistant Director of Science at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Nate DuFort with Sandy Marshall, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Michelle L Thaller, Assistant Director of Science at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Click here to learn more about the Hubble Space Telescope https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.htmlFind Hubble on social media!! @NASAHubble Additional thanks to the team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center:Michelle Handleman (KBRwyle): Lead ProducerAaron E. Lepsch (ADNET): Technical SupportKatrina Jackson (ADVOCATES IN MANPOWER MANAGEMENT, INC): Lead ProducerChristina Brooke Mitchell (KBRwyle): Lead ProducerJessica Sansarran (NASA): Lead Producer
This week the REACH team is honored to talk to  geoscientist, explorer, space artist, author,  and astronaut Dr. Sian Proctor about the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space, her Space2Inspire,  and so much more. Then we have a special surprise in store for National Poetry Month - all on this episode of REACH. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Sian Proctor, geoscientist, explorer, space artist, author, speaker, and astronaut. To purchase a copy of Space2Inspire: The Art of Inspiration, go to https://myspace2inspire.com. Dr. Sian Proctor online:Website: https://www.drsianproctor.com/Twitter: @DrSianProctorInstagram: @DrSianProctorFacebook: @Dr.Sian.ProctorYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrSianProctorInspiration4https://inspiration4.com/Art Prints by Dr. Sian Proctor  https://myspace2inspire.com/prints.htmlSpecial thanks to Astro Ryan for sharing the poem “My Dream of Outer Space!” We’d also like to offer a special thanks to Kay Ferrari at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and to everyone at NASA Space Place.About Dr. Sian Proctor:Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space. She is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. Her motto is called Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes that we need to actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight. Watch Meredith (as Stacey Quasar) interview Dr. Proctor for Adler Planetarium's space comedy show Wow! Signal here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_3NgGT27I0 NASA: Extreme Space Factshttps://www.nasa.gov/stem-ed-resources/Extreme_Space_Facts.html  
REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week we have a special episode as author Mary Roach stops by to talk about her new middle-grade book Packing for Mars for Kids. Don't miss it! Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Nate DuFort with Sandy Marshall, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to author Mary Roach whose latest book, Packing for Mars for Kids, is available now wherever you find books. About the book:“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) asks the questions children ask in this young readers adaptation of her best-selling Packing for Mars.What is it like to float weightlessly in the air? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? How do astronauts go to the bathroom? Is it true that they don’t shower? Can farts really be deadly in space?Best-selling Mary Roach has the answers. In this whip-smart, funny, and informative young readers adaptation of her best-selling Packing for Mars, Roach guides us through the irresistibly strange, frequently gross, and awe-inspiring realm of space travel and life without gravity. From flying on NASA’s Weightless Wonder to eating space food, Packing for Mars for Kids is chock-full of firs-hand experiences and thorough research. Roach has crafted an authoritative and accessible book that is perfectly pitched to inquiring middle grade readers. 35 black-and-white photographsFor more info, go to: https://maryroach.net/
REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week we're actually digging into a question both Brian and Meredith had on a past episode: "What is Planet 9?"  Joining us with the answer is Dr. Mike Brown, Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Nate DuFort with Sandy Marshall, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Mike Brown, Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. We’d also like to thank Kay Ferrari at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and everyone at NASA Space Place.Dr. Mike Brown, Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technologyhttps://mikebrown.caltech.edu/ The Search for Planet NineKonstantin Batygin and Mike Brownhttps://findplanetnine.blogspot.com/ “How I Killed Pluto, and Why It Had It Coming” by Mike Brownhttps://www.amazon.com/How-Killed-Pluto-Why-Coming-ebook/dp/B003F3FJTG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=BDGZGZ51KG8&keywords=why+i+killed+pluto+mike+brown&qid=1645974183&s=digital-text&sprefix=why+i+killed+pluto+mike+brown%2Cdigital-text%2C66&sr=1-1 Want to support our friend Mick and The Past and the Curious podcast while pre-ordering  his latest book I See Lincoln's Underpants? Head on over to the Kickstarter to find out how: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/heartallybooks/i-see-lincolns-underpants-from-the-past-and-the-curiousAnd then go listen to The Past and the Curious available wherever you get podcasts!  
This week the REACH team is over the moon to have a longform sit-down with renowned author, retired astronaut, and the first Canadian to walk in space, Col. Chris Hadfield.  Then we get a visit from the icy moon of Jupiter, Europa (the great Kevin Vidal!), - all on this episode of REACH. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Col. Chris Hadfield, renowned author and retired astronaut, and the first Canadian to walk in space. To purchase a copy of The Apollo Murders and The Darkest Dark, go to https://chrishadfield.ca/books/.Col. Chris Hadfield photo credit: Shye Klein. Col. Chris Hadfield online:Website: www.chrishadfield.caTwitter: @Cmdr_HadfieldFacebook: @AstronautChrisHadfieldInstagram: @colchrishadfieldYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ChrisHadfieldAstronautTikTok: @cmdr_hadfieldCol. Chris Hadfield plays “Space Oddity” by David Bowie from the ISS:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo Europa was voiced by the great Kevin Vidal. You can catch Kevin on Working Moms, Strays, and Odd Squad: The Movie.Kevin Vidal online:Instagram: @notkevinvidalFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/kevinvidalactorTwitter: @notkevinvidal Special thanks to Shannon Abbott, Cheryl-Ann Horrocks, Ashley Comeau, Janet Davidson-Marshall, and our REACH learning community. All about Europahttps://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/jupiter-moons/europa/overview/ 
REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Bella who asks "What is a satellite?" Joining us with the answer as well as an overview on how CubeSats are opening up space exploration to all of us is Will Saunders, PhD candidate in Astronomy at Boston University, contributor to Brainspace Magazine, and co-host of the podcast astro[sound]bites Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Nate DuFort with Sandy Marshall, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven LyonsSpecial thanks to Will Saunders, PhD candidate in Astronomy at Boston University, contributor to Brainspace Magazine, and co-host of the podcast astro[sound]bites. We’d also like to thank Nicky Middleton and the team at Brainspace, the interactive augmented reality magazine for kids 8-14. Astro[sound]bites podcast: https://astrosoundbites.comWill Saunders online: williamrsaunders.comBrainspace Magazine: https://brainspacemagazine.com
This week we are thrilled to have a longform sit-down with Rob Manning, Chief Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, before we get a visit from the dwarf planet Ceres  (the amazing Ashley Comeau!), - all on this episode of REACH. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Rob Manning, Chief Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. You can follow JPL on Instagram and Twitter at @NASAJPL.Ceres was voiced by the incomparable Ashley Comeau, Ashley is not only one of our favorite humans, but you can also catch her as the science teacher on Degrassi:Next Class and the evil Jamie Jam on Odd Squad and Odd Squad Mobile Unit.We’d also like to offer a special thanks to Kay Ferrari and Dolores Zawol at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and to everyone at NASA Space Place. Rob Manning NASA Biohttps://mars.nasa.gov/people/profile/?id=23225NASA JPL Missionshttps://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missionsMars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity’s Chief Engineer, by Rob Manning and William Simonhttps://www.amazon.ca/Mars-Rover-Curiosity-Curiositys-Engineer/dp/1588344037All about Cereshttps://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/dwarf-planets/ceres/overview/
REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week we're addressing listeners questions concerning global warming by talking about NASA and NOAA's latest global temperature update for 2021. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Nate DuFort with Sandy Marshall, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Steven Pawson, NASA Chief of the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office:https://sciences.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/steven.pawson-1 Additional thanks to Jessica Sansarran and to Katie Atkinson, Audio Storytelling Lead at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. NASA: Global Climate Change https://climate.nasa.gov/NOAA: Climate Resources https://www.noaa.gov/climate  
This week we talk all things Mars Rover with Dr. Rachel Kronyak, Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Then we hear actual sounds from the surface of Mars AND get a visit from the Mars Perseverance Rover (Stoopkid Stories Melly Victor!), - all on this episode of REACH. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Rachel Kronyak, Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. You can follow Dr. Kronyak on Twitter at @RachelKronyak. Percy was voiced by Melissa “Melly” Victor, creator of Stoopkid Stories, a story podcast available wherever you listen. Follow Stoopkid Stories on Twitter, Instagram, or on the web at https://stoopkidstories.com.We’d also like to offer a special thanks to Kay Ferrari and Sarah Marcotte at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and to everyone at NASA Space Place. Dr. Rachel Kronyak NASA Biohttps://mars.nasa.gov/people/profile/?id=23225Perseverance Roverhttps://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/Curiosity Roverhttps://mars.nasa.gov/msl/homeAll about Marshttps://mars.nasa.gov/Article: Kicking off the Sampling Sol Path at Citadellehttps://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/status/328/kicking-off-the-sampling-sol-path-at-citadelle/The Sounds of Marshttps://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/participate/sounds/
REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Max in Illinois who asks "What Do Exoplanets Look Like?"Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Doug Hudgins, Program Scientist for NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters.https://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/organization-and-staff/staff-bios/dr-douglas-hudginsWe’d also like to offer thanks to our friends at NASA Space Place, along with Calla Cofield and Kay Ferrari at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Alise Fisher at NASA Headquarters.NASA Space Place: What is an Exoplanet?https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/all-about-exoplanets/en/NASA: All about Exoplanetshttps://exoplanets.nasa.gov/   
We are thrilled to launch the new season of REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids with Dr. James Green,  formerly NASA’s Chief Scientist and now NASA Scientist and Senior Advisor and host of the Gravity Assist Podcast, who shared his experience and expertise on everything from starting  NASA’s first internet and conducting groundbreaking research, to having an asteroid named after him, and more. Then we are lucky enough to be visited by a Comet (as voiced by the incomparable Kay Cannon) - all on this episode of REACH. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseCasting Consultant: Beth Kligerman Logo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. James Green, NASA Scientist and Senior Advisor and host of the Gravity Assist podcast. Listen to Gravity Assist via NASA.gov or wherever you get your podcasts.Comet was voiced by the incomparable Kay Cannon, who you know from the Pitch Perfect films and as the writer/director of Cinderella starring Camila Cabello available to stream now on Amazon Prime. Follow Kay online at @KayKayCannon.We’d also like to offer a special thanks to Kay Ferrari at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Liz Landau, and to everyone at NASA Space Place. Dr. James Green:https://www.nasa.gov/offices/ocs/chief-scientist_bioDr. James Green: TED Talkhttps://www.ted.com/talks/james_green_3_moons_and_a_planet_that_could_have_alien_life#t-20694NASA Gravity Assist Podcasthttps://www.nasa.gov/gravity-assistAll about Cometshttps://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest/en/
Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 Trailer

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The next season of REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is launching into your ears January 25th, 2022. Make sure you're subscribed wherever you get podcasts. Reach: A Space Podcast for Kids is a weekly, family friendly exploration of our galaxy (and beyond!) with hosts Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien. Built for kids and based on questions from kids, Reach educates with entertaining segments, fun at-home experiments, and interviews presented in association with subject matter experts & thought partners from leading institutions like the Adler Planetarium, Cosmosphere, Exploration Place, and more. Subscribe today, and get knowledge...within your Reach. Do you have a space related question for a future episode of our Reaching Out mini-episodes? Just get your parents permission and give us a call at 312-248-3402. Then leave us a message with your first name, where you're from, and your space-related question for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode. We can also accept your questions via email! Just send us your first name, where you’re from, and what question you’d like answered at reachthepodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter  and Instagram for more  or go to www.reachthepodcast.com  .
On Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids was given the distinct honor of interviewing NASA Astronauts Megan McArthur and Mark Vande Hei onboard the International Space Station LIVE via NASA TV. We discussed what it's like to live in space, work on the ISS, and asked questions from REACH’s middle-grade listeners. We are thrilled to present this conversation in its entirety on today's episode. If you like the conversation, don't forget to give it a share and drop us a review in your podcast player of choice. Special thanks to NASA Astronauts Megan McArthur and Mark Vande Hei. You can follow Megan via @Astro_Megan, and Mark at @Astro_Sabot.We’d also like to offer a special thanks to Victoria Ugalde and Rodrigo Mireles at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, to Kay Ferrari and Calla Cofield at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and to everyone at NASA Space Place.Learn about NASA Astronaut Megan McArthur: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/k-megan-mcarthurLearn about NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/mark-t-vande-heiLearn about NASA Astronauts: https://www.nasa.gov/astronautsLearn about the International Space Station: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html or follow on social media via @Space_Station.Learn about REACH in Daddy’s Digesthttps://daddysdigest.com/article/interstellar-conversation-nasa-astronauts-live-from-issLearn about REACH in the Chicago Sun-Timeshttps://chicago.suntimes.com/education/2021/9/3/22652930/space-podcast-connects-kids-nasa-astronauts-international-space-stationWe’d also like to offer a special thanks to our ongoing partners and collaborators:The Cosmosphere International Science Center & Space Museumhttps://cosmo.org/The Adler Planetariumhttps://www.adlerplanetarium.org/The Kids Listen Communityhttps://www.kidslisten.org/Exploration Placehttps://exploration.org/NASA Space Placehttps://spaceplace.nasa.gov/You can find Madison's podcast All Things Madison at:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-things-madison-podcast/id1512260906and Olivia's podcast Curious Kid Podcast at:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/curious-kid-podcast/id1437708666And a very spacial thanks to:Janet Davidson-MarshallLiz AndersonJesse CaseSteven LyonsBeth KligermanJoalda MorancySuzanna StaplerKate Evans, CBC RadioThe REACH Learning CommunityAnd all of our guestsStay tuned for Season 3 coming October 2021!
Mark your calendars:..  REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids will be broadcasting LIVE with the crew orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station!NASA Astronauts Megan McArthur and Mark Vande Hei will join hosts Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien from the ISS for a truly interstellar conversation. They'll discuss what it's like to live in space, work on the ISS, and answer questions from our amazing listeners.The broadcast is targeting Wednesday, September 1st via NASA TV (stay tuned for specific timing via our social channels @reachthepodcast). Our thanks to the teams at NASA for this incredible opportunity, and remember to subscribe to REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids wherever you get your podcasts!  
The school year and this season of REACH may be over, but that doesn't mean we're not still excited to talk about space! This week we bring you the REACH Summer Break Special featuring an amazing conversation with NASA Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren and a visit from the classiest of moons, Callisto ( Niki Lindgren Moran)  - all on this episode of REACH. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Joalda Morancy, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseAdditional audio processing by the amazing Steve Blizin. Logo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to NASA Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren. You can follow Kjell on Twitter at @Astro_Kjell, and on behalf of everyone at REACH, thanks again to Kjell for joining us on the show.Callisto was voiced by the incomparable Niki Lindgren Moran, who’s an alum of the legendary Second City, and has appeared on shows like ER. We’d also like to offer a special thanks to John Stephen, Courtney Beasley, and Megan Sumner in NASA’s Public Affairs Office, to Kay Ferrari at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and to everyone at NASA Space Place. Learn more about Dr. Kjell Lindgren at: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/kjell-n-lindgren/biographyNASA Astronauts at: https://www.nasa.gov/astronautsNASA’s Artemis Team: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-teamTo learn more about NASA’s Artemis program, visit www.nasa.gov/artemisprogram, or follow on social media via @NASAArtemis.All about Callisto: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callisto_(moon) Do you have a space related question that we didn’t get to? Well, you can submit that question for our bi-weekly “Reaching Out” episodes. Just get your parents permission and give us a call at 312-248-3402 (or an email at ReachthePodast@gmail.com) and leave us a message with your first name, where you're from and your question for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode.You can find REACH on Twitter and Instagram or at http://www.ReachThePodcast.comREACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is a production of Soundsington Media committed to making quality programing for young audiences and the young at heart. To find out more go to http://www.soundsingtonmedia.com 
REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from James and Eli in California who ask "What is the Big Bang?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Phil Korngut, Instrument Scientist on NASA's SPHEREx Mission and Research Scientist at the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at Caltech Special thanks to NASA Space Place and Kay Ferrari at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory   NASA Space Place: What is the Big Bang?https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/big-bang/en/NASA’s SPHEREx missionhttps://spherex.caltech.eduhttps://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/spherex Do you have a question for a future edition of “Reaching Out?” Just get your parents permission and give us a call at 312-248-3402 (or an email at ReachthePodast@gmail.com) and leave us a message with your first name, where you're from and your question for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode. You can find REACH on Twitter and Instagram or at www.ReachThePodcast.com REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is a production of Soundsington Media committed to making quality programing for young audiences and the young at heart. To find out more go to www.soundsingtonmedia.com
Humans first landed on the moon in 1969. As we prepare to return for the first time in almost fifty years, we have some questions about the technology that will get us there for returning special guest Michael Staab. Then we are lucky enough to be visited by the star Proxima Centauri  (Woke, New Girl's  Lamorne Morris) and hear a new audio essay from our own Joalda Morancy - all on this episode of REACH. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Joalda Morancy, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseCasting Consultant: Beth Kligerman Logo by: Steven Lyons  Special thanks to Michael Staab, Fault Management and System Autonomy Principal Engineer for Lunar Missions at Northrop Grumman. Follow Michael online at @AstroStaab. Proxima Centauri was voiced by the incredible Lamorne Morris, who you know from the show New Girl. Hulu's Woke,  and the QCODE action-comedy series Unwanted. Follow Lamorne on Twitter at @LamorneMorris. Special thanks to Mimi Meredith, Michele McCartney, JoAnna Strecker, and Jim Remar at the Cosmosphere International Science Center and Space Museum for sharing the Build a Better Lander Activity from the Cosmosphere Camps. To learn more about Cosmosphere Camps, visit https://cosmo.org and @kscosmosphere. To learn more about NASA’s Artemis program, visit www.nasa.gov/artemisprogram, or follow on social media via @NASAArtemis. Special thanks to NASA Space Place and Kay Ferrari at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.   Build a Better Lander Activityvia Cosmosphere Campswww.cosmo.org@kscosmosphereBelow is an engineering design activity called Build a Better Lander.  During this activity, kids are invited to build a model lunar lander that is safe for 6 astronauts (represented by small marshmallows). During the Cosmosphere’s Lunar Base camp, kids will experience activities like these as they learn about the Moon. The main focus of the camp is to learn the science, history, and challenges of getting to the Moon from the launch and testing in Project Mercury/Gemini, to landing humans on the Moon and returning them safely to Earth in Project Apollo.In 1969, we landed the first two people on the Moon: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Now, NASA wants to go back to the Moon and needs a new design for the lunar lander. First, NASA will build a prototype of the lunar lander to be sure it is safe for the astronauts. Here are the constraints they must consider in building the model:There is no atmosphere on the Moon, so the design cannot use any parachutes.You will be using six small marshmallows to represent your astronauts and a styrofoam cup to represent the cockpit. To make sure it is safe, we need to see how the marshmallows react to the landing. You cannot cover the top of the cup or restrain the astronauts (marshmallows) in any way.A successful landing means that the lunar lander lands upright with all six astronauts still inside the cockpit. If the lander tips over, it is not safe for the astronauts. If some of the astronauts bounce out of the cup, the landing was too hard and unsafe.You will follow the Engineering Design Process, listed below, to create these prototype lunar landers.Engineering Design ProcessAsk: How do we land six astronauts (marshmallows) safely on the moon?Imagine: Gather your materials. You will need small marshmallows and a styrofoam cup. Brainstorm about other materials you could use. Some suggested items include: masking tape, cardboard, straws, and notecards.Plan: Sketch a picture of your lunar lander. Label all the major components and what you will use to build them.Create: Build the lunar lander.Experiment: Stand up and drop the lunar lander with the astronauts inside the styrofoam cup. Note what happens when it lands. Ask an adult to drop the lunar lander from a taller height (from a step stool or small ladder).Improve: Brainstorm ways to improve the lunar lander. What is causing it to tip over? Why are the astronauts bouncing out of the cup?Repeat: Keep experimenting and improving until you are satisfied with your lunar lander.   Do you have a space related question that we didn’t get to? Well, you can submit that question for our bi-weekly “Reaching Out” episodes. Just get your parents permission and give us a call at 312-248-3402 (or an email at ReachthePodast@gmail.com) and leave us a message with your first name, where you're from and your question for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode.You can find REACH on Twitter and Instagram or at http://www.ReachThePodcast.comREACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is a production of Soundsington Media committed to making quality programing for young audiences and the young at heart. To find out more go to http://www.soundsingtonmedia.com 
REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week we are celebrating  Earth Day and what NASA is doing to study global climate change with some help from Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, Chief of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Nate DuFort, with Sandy Marshall, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks: Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, Chief of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight CenterKatie Atkinson, Audio Storytelling Lead at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight CenterTo learn more about NASA’s Earth Day initiatives including activities, coloring pages, and more visit www.nasa.gov/earth-day-2021  Do you have a question for a future edition of “Reaching Out?” Just get your parents permission and give us a call at 312-248-3402 (or an email at ReachthePodast@gmail.com) and leave us a message with your first name, where you're from and your question for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode. You can find REACH on Twitter and Instagram or at www.ReachThePodcast.com REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is a production of Soundsington Media committed to making quality programing for young audiences and the young at heart. To find out more go to www.soundsingtonmedia.com
What can satellites teach us about preserving life on Earth? What can whales teach us about climate change? On this episode of REACH we talk to  Steve Iris at the Canadian Space Agency to find out more. Then we get some special visits from a black hole (Reply All's Alex Goldman) and  Saturn's largest moon Titan (Star Trek: Lower Decks and Space Force's Tawny Newsome) - all on this episode of REACH.  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseCasting Consultant: Beth Kligerman Logo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Steve Iris, Manager of Applications and Utilization at the Canadian Space Agency. To learn more about the CSA’s smartWhales initiative, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/space-agency/news/2021/01/data-from-space-could-help-protect-the-endangered-north-atlantic-right-whale.html.  The Black Hole was voiced by the incredible Alex Goldman, co-host of the Reply All podcast from Spotify and Gimlet Media. Subscribe to Reply All wherever you find your podcasts, and follow the show on Twitter at @ReplyAll. Titan was voiced by the incomparable Tawny Newsome, who you know from the hit shows Space Force on Netflix and Star Trek: Lower Decks. Follow Tawny on Twitter at @TrondyNewman.  Special thanks to Marie-Eve Roy at the Canadian Space Agency. Follow the CSA on Twitter at @csa_asc, and visit https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca to learn about the CSA’s exciting initiatives and programs. And special thanks to Nicky Middleton at Brainspace, the interactive magazine for kids ages 8-14 designed to launch young minds into big thinking. Learn more at https://brainspacemagazine.com. Thanks as always to NASA Space Place and Kay Ferrari at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Do you have a space related question that we didn’t get to? Well, you can submit that question for our bi-weekly “Reaching Out” episodes. Just get your parents permission and give us a call at 312-248-3402 (or an email at ReachthePodast@gmail.com) and leave us a message with your first name, where you're from and your question for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode.You can find REACH on Twitter and Instagram or at http://www.ReachThePodcast.comREACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is a production of Soundsington Media committed to making quality programing for young audiences and the young at heart. To find out more go to http://www.soundsingtonmedia.com 
REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Ella who asks "What causes the seasons?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Josh Fisher, Science Lead, ECOSTRESS Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion LaboratoryNASA Space Place: All about the Seasons https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons/en/Ecostress https://ecostress.jpl.nasa.gov/ Do you have a question for a future edition of “Reaching Out?” Just get your parents permission and give us a call at 312-248-3402 (or an email at ReachthePodast@gmail.com) and leave us a message with your first name, where you're from and your question for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode. You can find REACH on Twitter and Instagram or at www.ReachThePodcast.com REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is a production of Soundsington Media committed to making quality programing for young audiences and the young at heart. To find out more go to www.soundsingtonmedia.com
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