Just So Hiatus?

By Elf Eldridge 30/09/2011

Some of you may have noticed (although at this point I’m most likely just stroking my own ego!) that Just So Science and Weekend Nanotech have been conspicuously silent over the past two weeks. This has actually been for good reason however as my free time has been taken up by a rather epic little endeavour. Some of you may be aware that next week is World Space Week – which Kiwispace has been promoting it left right and center, but to cap it all off we decided to produce a series of podcasts talking to the most interesting people who work in the space industry from around the globe. Like all plans, we grossly underestimated the amount of work that was involved, but we also underestimated how excited and supportive people are! Since then we have been promoted to making the ‘Global World Space Week’ podcast and we will be releasing episodes daily from Tuesday 4th October through to Monday 10th October.

What happens when humans dare to dream BIG...
What happens when humans dare to dream BIG...

And when I say ‘interesting people’ – that is a huge understatement. Somehow (and i still can’t quite believe this has actually happened!) we managed to wrangle fantastic interviews with:

  • Dennis Stone, President of the World Space Week Association
  • Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society
  • Marius Piso, President and CEO of the Romanian Space Agency
  • Julien Girard, Astronomer at the European Southern Observatory
  • Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, Chief Science Advisor for the Australia/New Zealand bid for the Square Kilometer Array
  • Mark Rocket, a future astronaut aboard the Virgin Galactic flights and co-founder of Rocketlab
  • Chris McKay, Planetary scientist at NASA Ames research center

I will post more info and links to each episode and guest here each day next week, but for now here’s a little something to whet you’re appetite: the ‘teaser’ from the first episode featuring Dennis Stone.

Episode 1 teaser – Dennis Stone

and I need to close by saying a huge thanks to Rhian Sheehan, for his awesome music that we will be using during the podcasts (as we do for TOSP), to the New Zealand Science Media Center for kindly allowing us the use of their gear, to Kiwispace and to our guests.

As Robert Zubrin said to us “See you on Mars…”

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