Stacey Severn’s photo of StarTalk Live! from FutureCon, showing holographic Stephen Hawking, Scott Adsit, Katherine Pratt, Chris Hadfield, Suveen Mathaudu, and Maeve Higgins
Stacey Severn’s photo of StarTalk Live! from FutureCon, showing holographic Stephen Hawking, Scott Adsit, Katherine Pratt, Chris Hadfield, Suveen Mathaudu, and Maeve Higgins

StarTalk Live! from Future Con: Engineering the Future (Part 1)

Holographic Stephen Hawking takes the stage at StarTalk Live! from FutureCon, with Scott Adsit, Katherine Pratt, Chris Hadfield, Suveen Mathaudu, and Maeve Higgins. Photo Credit: Stacey Severn.

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How do we engineer our way into the future and off the Earth? First time StarTalk host, former astronaut and ISS Commander Chris Hadfield, comic co-host Scott Adsit, electrical engineer Katherine Pratt, mechanical engineer Suveen Mathaudu, and comedian Maeve Higgins traveled to Washington D.C. to search for the answers. Recorded live at Future Con, inside of Awesome Con, our panelists turned their attention towards the technology that helps us explore. You’ll hear how the path of exploration has led from Magellan to the International Space Station and why the urge to explore is inherent within human beings. Chris shares an example of that inherent urge when he talks about his own experience of spacewalking “through the Northern Lights.” You’ll learn about biorobotics and the discoveries being made while testing innovative surgical robotic machines. You’ll also hear about NASA’s nationwide call for astronaut applications and why the new class of astronauts might be the first to help colonize the Moon and beyond. Explore the problems that need to be overcome when traveling to Mars, including the dangers from cosmic radiation, which leads to a discussion about superheroes, and our panel reveals which superhero they hold closest to their heart. All that, plus, theoretical physicist and rock star scientist Stephen Hawking joins the panel via holographic projection. And, this is only part one!

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  • Louis Cuchiara

    I wish you guys would post StarTalk Live episodes as videos. Something that wasn’t mentioned on why human explores are better than robots is this – One human geologist could accomplish everything Curiosity and Opportunity have accomplished in their combined 12 years of exploring Mars in about 2 days.

    • Louis, we do. They go up on All-Access first. All-Access subscribers usually get to watch the video version at the same time that the audio version goes up. They usually don’t go up on YouTube until a few months later. I say usually because sometimes, we don’t film them, but only record audio. If you go to our YouTube page right now, we have over alf a dozen videos from StarTalk Live performances, and a one StarTalk All-Stars panel that was recorded live., but over the next few months, this should increase substantially.

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