Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide took this self-portrait outside the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA
Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide took this self-portrait outside the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA

Space Chronicles (Part 2)

Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide took this self-portrait outside the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA

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In Part 2 of Space Chronicles, Neil and Prof. John Logsdon discuss NASA’s transition from the Cold War to the present day, and the impact of politics, economics, competition and fear on the space program. They disagree about the impact of China’s space ambitions on President Bush’s 2004 Vision for Space, and grapple with issues like the commercialization of space and NASA’s budget. Find out why we invited the Russians to the International Space Station in the first place, how the ISS is divided between the US, Russia, the EU and Japan, whether zero-g experiments justify its $3 billion per year price tag, and what the future holds. Plus, what Neil really thinks of President Obama’s “Sputnik Moment” speech, and Chuck Nice’s explanation of the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

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  • I’m a tireless fan of Neil Tyson Degrasse. I wish he wer president of the world. Space is the future of humanity. What saddens me is to watch obtuse brains claiming that we have absolutely nothing to do in outer space. I was extremely disappointed when Obama announced the the cancelation of Constellation Program. What a waste and what a shame! .

  • This show helps keep me sane every Monday morning haha.
    Thanks! I love this stuff.

  • r.moore

    Stormy weather here in Florida has me sitting indoors. Now I am looking forward to it.

  • glen

    Never. Ever. Let Chuck Nice leave the show! The on air chemistry is absolutely electric.

    P.s. check out Run Away by Weezer for some show tunes!!

  • Eric Lindsley

    Found the old McDonell Douglas ad:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9YAnAUJTL8

    • Jeff

      That’s great, and so on point. Thanks, Eric.

  • This show it the best thing EVER!

  • Is it me, or does Dr. Logsdon sound exactly like Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned) from Groundhog Day?

  • Nick

    I always love the music in StarTalk Radio.

  • Grang the cave man

    me like show, me no smash

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