StarTalk Live! from SF Sketchfest 2015

From Left: H Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Dr. G Scott Hubbard, Dr. Yvonne Pendleton, and Bill Nye. Credit: Jakub Mosur.

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About This Episode

Explore the Moon, near-Earth asteroids and Mars from the stage of San Francisco’s Nourse Theater with guest host Bill Nye, co-host Eugene Mirman and guests astrophysicist Dr. Yvonne Pendleton, “Mars Czar” Dr. G. Scott Hubbard and comedian H. Jon Benjamin of Bob’s Burgers and Archer. Go searching for water sources on the Moon (there are 3!) and learn why there’s even more water on Mars. Find out what we need to know before we go exploring asteroids or Mars, or, as SSERVI Director Pendleton says, “What to wear, where to touch, and what to flush.” Closer to home, you’ll hear about the Chelyabinsk and Tunguska events and how big an asteroid would need to be to be a planet killer. Scott, who was the former Director of the NASA Ames Research Center, explains how the Sentinel Mission looks for asteroids – “You can’t deflect them if you can’t find them” – and the problems he has with NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission.

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In This Episode

  • Guest Host

    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Bill Nye
    The Science Guy
  • Co-Host

    Eugene Mirman

    Eugene Mirman
    Comedian
  • Guest

    Dr. Yvonne Pendleton

    Dr. Yvonne Pendleton
    Director of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Guest

    Dr. G. Scott Hubbard

    Dr. G. Scott Hubbard
    Sentinel Mission Program Architect, Stanford U. Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, former “Mars Czar”
  • Guest

    H. Jon Benjamin

    H. Jon Benjamin
    Comedian, (Bob’s Burgers, Archer)

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Episode Topics

  • Melissa

    Pleeease Season 2 Cosmos? ?

  • Lerkero

    More water on Mars? They’ve been holding out on us?

  • Andy123

    I think you guys are overdoing the “killer asteroid” stuff. I am not debating its importance (it is imp!) but the time you are spending on it again & again is leading to repetitiousness. Please explore other topics.

  • Visionary

    Where is NDT?

    • startalkradio

      Bill Nye tends to host StarTalk Live! when it goes “on the road”, so this week’s episode didn’t feature Dr. Tyson. Neil will be back this week for “Autism and Animal Science with Dr. Temple Grandin”, and he’s hosting our StarTalk Live! performance at the Apollo Theatre coming up on May 28th. (That’s not a podcast… the podcast of that show will come later!)

      • Taxil Necrobane

        So, please explain to me then a concern of mine. Is NDT not going on the road at all? I have spoke about this before, but is NDT able to keep up with his work load and not get burned out or suffer ill health? We all know he’s not as young as he use to be and all that hard work all of you go though isn’t easy to take. I can tell NDT loves his work, but I would rather he lives a long productive life than burn out in a short time entertaining/educating the masses

        • startalkradio

          Actually, Taxil, if you check out Neil’s appearanceson this page at the American Museum of Natural History, http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/upcoming-appearances you’ll see he’s traveling quite a bit. It’s just that for StarTalk Live! road shows, Bill tends to handle the hosting duties.
          Thank you for your concerns about Neil’s health – I’ll pass them on to Neil the next time I see him.

  • Nathan Hohenheim

    Why did Bill abruptly veer the conversion with Dr. Yvonne Pendleton away from plasma in space? Something in his voice didn’t seem normal.

    • Smarterthanu

      He didn’t, he stopped her from glazing over it so the audience wouldn’t be confused.

  • Nathan Hohenheim

    I’m curious why Bill veered Dr. Yvonne Pendleton away from plasma is space?

  • MrCs83

    This was either a really great episode of Star Talk Live or a really lame episode of Bob’s Burgers

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  • Mike

    We have rockets now that can take a paylod of 60 tonnes. 20 tonnes for further out. So the guy is wrong.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_orbital_launch_systems

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