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It's cosmology in a cup! - Cosmic Coffee Time is bite sized podcasts making sense of space, astronomy, life, and the universe, best enjoyed with a coffee. A down to earth look at what's up there, and it's just for you spacefans. Grab a coffee and see where in the universe we go this time. Follow on Twitter @CosmicCoffTime

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It's cosmology in a cup! - Cosmic Coffee Time is bite sized podcasts making sense of space, astronomy, life, and the universe, best enjoyed with a coffee. A down to earth look at what's up there, and it's just for you spacefans. Grab a coffee and see where in the universe we go this time. Follow on Twitter @CosmicCoffTime

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#68 A piece of space history was written this month, a sample from the far side of the moon! Let's check out the Chang'e 6 lunar lander and it's history-making mission.

6/30/2024
As I write this, just a couple of days have passed since the Chang'e 6 sample return capsule touched down with its historic payload. The first sample of rock and soil from the far side of the moon touched down on Earth. This has the potential to unlock some of the secrets from the side of the moon that we never see from Earth, why is the lunar crust thicker? Why are there fewer 'seas' on the far side? And what lies beneath the lunar crust? All of this against the background of a surface operation out of direct communication from Earth. Incredible! Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on X for some special content X.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:14

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#67 OSIRIS-REx NASA mission scientist Greg Brennecka brings us up to date on the incredible early findings from the Bennu asteroid sample.

5/31/2024
In September 2023, Greg Brennecka stopped by to preview the return to Earth of the OSIRI-REx asteroid Bennu sample return capsule. The sample landed safely and the mission scientists like Greg Brennecka have started their analysis. Some of our toughest questions are being answered by the data already. How old is Bennu? Is there organic material? Where was the asteroid formed? Is Bennu different from what we expected? But hasn't been all smooth sailing. The mission team had to go into full innovation mode to overcome some early difficulties. And we've only just begun! Listen in to this fascinating chat with Greg. Check out Greg's book Impact here. Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on X for some special content X.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:18:05

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#66 Saturn’s largest moon Titan is an incredible place, but could anything live there? Canadian Astrobiologist Dr Catherine Neish led a study on Titan’s habitability. She joins us for a fascinating chat about what she found.

4/30/2024
Titan. The largest moon in the Saturnian system has been a candidate as a habitable world ever since NASA’s Cassini mission sent back the first radar images of its surface in 2004. Astrobiologist Dr. Catherine Neish of Western University in Canada has spent years studying Titan, and has just published a study on the habitability of Titan. Catherine joins us to step through the findings, what is needed for life? Is there enough of it on Titan? And does it all come together? Read Ralph Lorez's paper Titan Under a Red Giant Sun: Anew Kind of Habitable Moon Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on X for some special content X.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:23:46

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#65 Spaghettification? This really is a thing. It happens if you get too close to a black hole, but what is it? And how did it get that name?

3/31/2024
Space and cosmology throws up some strange effects sometimes, none stranger than spaghettification. Stephen Hawking coined the term for the stretching out that happens when you get close to a black hole. Let's take a look at what it really is, how it works, and if we should have anything to fear from spaghettification... Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on X for some special content X.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:46

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#64 The Odysseus Moon Lander. The first private moon lander has touched down, but is it still ok?

2/29/2024
Houston-based aerospace company Intuitive Machines produced the first private mission to land on the moon. The Odysseus lander is just 300 km from the lunar south pole, investigating water ice and demonstrating the capabilities of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program (CLPS). But space is difficult and not many projects go perfectly first time. Is Odysseus ok? Let’s find out! Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on X for some special content X.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:19

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#63 Space Ethics. How do we navigate the ethical challenges of our journey beyond Earth?

1/31/2024
So we pollute the upper atmosphere with rocket exhaust, is it worth the benefits of communications satellites and GPS? What about space junk? the garbage of earth orbit. Or mining asteroids? who owns the asteroids, can should they be able to sell the minerals asteroids provide? These are questions that would never have been asked before space travel became as regular as it has today. Let's take a look at this new way of thinking about our responsibilities in space. Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on X for some special content x.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:05:56

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#62 The iconic Earthrise photograph. Is this the most influential picture from the Apollo era?

12/31/2023
Apollo 8 orbited the Moon in December 1968, seven months before the first moon landing. Even though Apollo 8 never landed on the Moon, it did produce one of the most iconic photographs of the Apollo program, the Earthrise photograph. Astronaut Bill Anders snapped a colour picture of the Earth rising over the lunar horizon as the capsule orbited the Moon. But what makes this picture so iconic? And why did we nearly miss out on it. Let's dive in! Check out the Earthrise photograph Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on X for some special content x.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:05:55

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#61 Will Saturn’s rings really disappear from view in 2025? What’s going on with that?

11/30/2023
In the news lately, you might have seen reports that the rings of Saturn are going to disappear from view. What could make that happen? And will they come back? Let’s check out what’s going on with the most spectacular feature in our solar system. Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on X for some special content x.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:05:55

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#60 Astrophotography. It's photography with a completely different technique. How do the pros do it, and what can I do with my smartphone?

10/31/2023
Photographing the night sky is a completely different technique to photographing almost anything else. There's hardly any light, the objects are tiny and they move! It's really difficult. We've all given it a go and been disappointed, but how do they get the incredible pictures we see on the internet and on TV, and how can normal spacefans like us take a night sky picture? Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on X for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:17

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#59 India's Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft became the first spacecraft to land in the south polar region of the moon. Let's see why the this incredible spacecraft and rover could be instrumental for the future of human spaceflight.

9/30/2023
India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, with the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover have landed in the south polar region of the moon. Some craters in this region are permanently shaded from the blazing sun and can have water ice at the base of these lunar craters. India became only the fourth nation to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the moon, and the first to successfully land a spacecraft in the moon’s south pole region. It’s an incredible story! Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:54

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#58 Resident space rock expert Greg Brennecka is back to preview the return to Earth of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft with a sample of asteroid Bennu.

8/31/2023
Cosmic Coffee Time’s resident space rock expert and NASA mission scientist Greg Brennecka is back again to preview the return to Earth of NASA’s incredible OSIRIS-REx mission. OSIRIS-REx is coming to the end of an epic seven year journey to collect a rock and soil sample from asteroid Bennu. Greg is a mission scientist on OSIRIS-REx and will be doing analysis on the Bennu sample in his own lab. It’s breathtakingly rare to get a pristine sample from an asteroid in another part of the solar system, and Greg shares with us the plans for this sample and what this 60 gram sample of asteroid could teach us. here Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:18:52

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#57 Space junk! Most of the human made objects orbiting Earth aren’t functional. Some of them are incredible objects that have outlasted their mission durations by years. How will these fascinating relics affect future spaceflight?

7/31/2023
Around 80% of the human made objects in orbit are mission left overs. Some of it is real junk, but some of it has an incredible story to tell. What relics from the early space age are held in safe storage in orbit? How does the accumulation of space junk affect mission planning, and how are we going to keep space safer from impacts in the future? You’ll never guess how we rediscovered some space hardware from an early moon mission! Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:08:07

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#56 The June solstice, it defines the Arctic circle, the Tropic of Cancer and the Antarctic circle. It has the longest daylight hours in the northern hemisphere, shortest in the southern. But why do those things happen on one day every year?

6/30/2023
Around the 21st of June every year is the June solstice. We might know that it’s the longest or shortest day of the year – depending on which hemisphere you’re in, but why does that happen? And we know of the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, but how does the solstice define them? Same with the Arctic and Antarctic circles. Does it fall on the same date each year? Well almost, but it does take some clever human manipulation of the calendar to keep it that way. Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:35

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#55 The spectacular Aurora Borealis and its southern partner Aurora Australis. The astronomical light show is such a cool thing to see, but its science was a mystery until the 20th century.

5/31/2023
Ask an eastern Australian about the Southern Aurora, and they might think you’re talking about the old overnight express train between Sydney and Melbourne. But! The train was named after the spectacular light show in the southern sky. The Aurora Australis to use the phenomenon’s correct name, and its northern equivalent the Aurora Borealis or Northern lights have a fascinating astronomical cause. And the nature of the Aurora remained a mystery until the 20th century, despite being documented for thousands of years. Let’s take a look! Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:05:55

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#54 NASA’s VERITAS mission to Venus. There’s some good news, there’s some bad news and there’s one incredible discovery hidden for thirty years.

4/30/2023
In 2021, NASA announced the VERITAS mission to Venus, NASA’s first voyage to Earth’s twin planet since the early 90’s. Things haven’t gone completely to plan for this project, but one thing VERITAS has already accomplished, it got scientists reviewing data from previous missions, and what they found was truly incredible. And all without leaving the ground. Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:57

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#53 The Hayabusa2 Asteroid Ryugu sample return mission. Space rock expert Greg Brennecka joins us for an incredible up-close look at real life asteroid material.

3/31/2023
Our favourite space rock expert Greg Brennecka joins us to talk about the amazing Hayabusa2 mission, the sample return mission to asteroid Ryugu by Japanese space agency JAXA. Greg and his colleagues have been analysing the sample and some of the findings are incredible. What does Ryugu tell us about the early solar system? What do we learn about water on bodies like asteroids? and could Ryugu be carrying enough of the building blocks of life to potentially populate another habitable planet? It's a fascinating chat. If you want to learn more about rocks from space, check out Greg's book 'Impact' at Harper Collins here See Hayabusa2's touch and go sample collection on Ryugu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xnInpqMiG4 Hayabusa2 landed back on Earth at the Woomera Rocket Range in South Australia, December 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek1MRUbJSo8 Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:16:03

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#52 Hundreds of years before GPS there was celestial navigation. Let's see how astronomy and some basic equipment kept old time mariners on course.

2/28/2023
Recently, we took a look at GPS and the space science that makes it work. This time, we're going back to an era when navigators had nothing but their equipment and the stars to tell them where they were, even on the open ocean. Celestial navigation combined the sextant, almanac and chronometer to make a reliable navigation system that just needed one other thing, the sun and the stars... And some handy astronomical knowledge! Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:08

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#51 NASA's astronaut class of 1978. We have a compelling chat with Meredith Bagby about this ground breaking group of space shuttle astronauts, and her fascinating book The New Guys

2/6/2023
In 1978, NASA changed the rules around who could be selected as an astronaut. Civilian engineers, doctors and scientists could be selected to fly on the then brand new space shuttle. Meredith Bagby joins us to talk about this group, whose social backgrounds were as diverse as their professions. For the first time, the group included women and people of colour. There were triumphs with astronauts like Sally Ride and Greg Bluford, and tragedy when four of this talented group were lost in the Challenger disaster. This is a compelling insight from Meredith, who had access to five astronauts from this historic class. Find Meredith Bagby's book The New Guys here You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime

Duration:00:51:05

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#50 We all love GPS, but what space science makes it work?

12/31/2022
We all love GPS. The Global Positioning System helps us navigate across country and across town, and it also shows us where our rideshare car is, or how far away our food delivery driver is. Take a look at what space science makes it work, and why it can still provide your coordinates even if you're miles away from any phone or data signal or Wi-Fi. Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:05

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#49 The new Mars meteorite impact. NASA Insight has detected a new meteorite impact on Mars! Meteorite expert Greg Brennecka returns to talk about this breathtaking new discovery.

11/30/2022
Friend of Cosmic Coffee Time and expert meteoriticist Greg Brennecka returns to talk about the breathtaking detection of a new meteorite impact on Mars. Greg tells us how the impact was detected, and then confirmed with detailed imagery from Mars orbit. What does this tell us about the subsurface geology of Mars, and what does it mean for astrobiology and the future exploration of Mars and beyond? It's a fascinating chat. Find Greg's book 'Impact' at Harper Collins here Follow Cosmic Coffee Time on Twitter for some special content twitter.com/CosmicCoffTime You can request a topic for the show! Or even just say hi! We'd love to hear from you. Email us! cosmiccoffeetime@gmail.com

Duration:00:10:21