About This Episode
Are you ready to venture back into the future? Rejoin former astronaut and ISS Commander Chris Hadfield, comic co-host Scott Adsit, biorobotics engineer Katherine Pratt, mechanical engineer Suveen Mathaudu, and Maeve Higgins as we wrap up our time from Future Con. Before we continue the discussion on engineering the future, Chris gives us a little insight behind his viral hit performance of “Space Oddity” aboard the ISS, including what David Bowie himself said about his rendition. Explore the transfer of technology from space to Earth. Discover some of the “weird” science that happens while in space. You’ll also hear Chris share how his views on Earth changed after he saw it from above – what Neil often refers to as the “Cosmic Perspective.” You’ll learn about the challenges of creating better engines for space travel and how astronauts physically and mentally prepare themselves to journey to the stars. Investigate the physiological effects of long-term and short-term space travel. Science rock star Stephen Hawking appears once again, via holographic projection, to lead us in a conversation on simulation vs. reality, the dark side of technology, and the idea of world government. All that, plus, we take Cosmic Queries from the audience at Awesome Con/Future Con on everything from superheroes to space elevators and more!
NOTE: All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: StarTalk Live! from Future Con: Engineering the Future (Part 2).
In This Episode
HostCol. Chris Hadfield (Ret.)
Former CSA Astronaut and ISS Commander
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Riverside