December 6, 2018 10:25 pm

Venture Aboard the International Space Station as We Catch up with Astronaut Scott Kelly

We’re taking a trip to the International Space Station. A place that serves as home for astronauts from all over the world and was recently the home of American astronaut Scott Kelly for almost one full year. Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with Scott to pick his brain on what life is like living above the Earth. In-studio, Neil is joined by comic co-host Sasheer Zamata and former astronaut Terry Virts to give us another idea of what life is like on the ISS.

NASA photo of Scott Kelly on the International Space Station during his year in space.

Scott Kelly on the International Space Station during his year in space. Photo Credit: NASA.

We explore “The Right Stuff” and whether the definition of exactly what that is has changed throughout the years. Scott fills us in about his academic past and how just because you aren’t good at something to start doesn’t mean you can’t be the best at it someday. Scott and Terry tell us why danger is one of the most exciting parts of being a test pilot.

Find out what it’s like to watch space movies, like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gravity, and Interstellar, while you’re actually in space. Would you want to watch Gravity aboard the ISS? Discover more about Scott and his unique mission during his long stint on the ISS, and why he was deemed a living science experiment during his time in flight.

Next, we dive into the nitty gritty, including how bathrooms work on the ISS. We tackle the problem of trash disposal in space. Scott and Terry tell us what it’s like to use the water reclamation system which recycles urine into clean drinking water. You’ll also hear what Scott and Terry missed from Earth the most during their missions.

After that, we’re joined by Jennifer Fogarty, Chief Scientist of the NASA Human Research Program. We answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about the biological challenges of human space flight, including surgery in space and sex in space. Scott take us inside his mind as we explore the psychological perspective of being in space for an extended time. All that, plus we ponder what it will feel like the day the International Space Station burns up over the Pacific Ocean, and Bill Nye muses on the difficulties of scratching one’s nose in a spacesuit.

Please join us tomorrow night for Living in Space, with Scott Kelly at 7pm ET right here on our website, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn. If you’re an All-Access subscriber, you can listen to this episode ad-free at 7pm, too.

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!
–Ian Mullen