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The WeMartians Podcast delves into all aspects of the exploration of Mars, including robotic/human spacecraft and rocket engineering, planetary science, astronomy and other upcoming technology. Our episodes are research-supported and feature topical audio clips and special guests.

The WeMartians Podcast delves into all aspects of the exploration of Mars, including robotic/human spacecraft and rocket engineering, planetary science, astronomy and other upcoming technology. Our episodes are research-supported and feature topical audio clips and special guests.

Location:

Vancouver, BC

Description:

The WeMartians Podcast delves into all aspects of the exploration of Mars, including robotic/human spacecraft and rocket engineering, planetary science, astronomy and other upcoming technology. Our episodes are research-supported and feature topical audio clips and special guests.

Twitter:

@we_martians

Language:

English


Episodes

89 – Five Years of WeMartians (feat. Brendan Byrne and Emilee Speck)

1/5/2021
Five years ago, WeMartians debuted its first episode. We've learned a lot since then, both in how the space world works, and how podcasts work, too! Space reporters and friends of the show Brendan Byrne and Emilee Speck join Jake to have a bit of a humorous look back at the first podcast and how far everything has come. We talk Five Years of the WeMartians Podcast The First WeMartians Podcast, January 20th, 2016 Follow Brendan and Emilee Emilee Speck's Twitter (@EMSpeck)ClickOrlando.com...

Duration:00:43:40

88 – Lunar Science’s Next Giant Leap (feat. Renee Weber)

12/15/2020
NASA is getting serious about sending people back to the Moon. And when the Artemis program lands on the surface, there's a whole world of science to uncover. Renee Weber from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center joins Jake to talk about her new report on what NASA should prioritize when it finally sends astronauts back. We talk Artemis and Lunar Science Moon TrekArtemis Science Definition Team releases reportThe Report Follow Renee and Artemis Renee's Twitter (@moonshakes)Profile on Renee at...

Duration:00:41:33

GoingPro Updates & Red Planet Review – Dec 5th, 2020

12/5/2020
It's the end of the year, and traditionally around this time we ask for support from you, the listener, as we continue to produce space content on this podcast every month! WeMartians is entirely listener-funded, and as I noted about year ago this month, I've begun #GoingPro by making changes in my life in pursuit of creating space content full time. None of that is possible without you! And so as we kick off our December drive to gather support, it's a great time to showcase one of the...

Duration:00:20:42

87 – HALO (feat. Michael Staab)

12/1/2020
NASA is building a new outpost at the Moon called the Lunar Gateway. It's a place for science but also a place to stage lunar activities like landings on the surface. Michael Staab from Northrop Grumman joins us to talk about the core module of Gateway, HALO, and what we can expect from it when it gets there. We talk HALO and Lunar Gateway NASA Awards Northrop Grumman contract for HALORecent plans for HALO Follow Michael and HALO NASA's Lunar Gateway siteMichael's Twitter...

Duration:00:42:20

86 – Equitable Design (feat. Kavya Manyapu)

11/10/2020
As more and more human spaceflight vehicles enter service, and more and more people have access to spaceflight, the need to design vehicles to accommodate different kinds of passengers becomes more and more important. Kavya Manyapu, a spacesuit engineer on Boeing's Starliner program, joins Jake to talk about equitable design, and the challenges and payoffs of pursuing it. We talk spacesuits and equitable design Boeing Suit unveiling Follow Kavya and Boeing's Starliner Kavya's...

Duration:00:37:10

85 – Vera Rubin Ridge (feat. Abigail Fraeman)

10/20/2020
In early 2019, NASA's Curiosity Rover wrapped up a year-long chapter in its mission exploring Vera Rubin Ridge, an elevated rocky plateau with high iron content. Many months later, we're starting to see the science results roll in. JPL's Abigail Fraeman, the Deputy Project Scientist for the mission and campaign leader for the ridge chapter, joins Jake to talk about what we learned about the ridge, and how it surprised us. We talk Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars A view of Vera Rubin Ridge from...

Duration:00:42:32

84 – The Mars Underground

10/6/2020
The surface of Mars has been a subject of repeated exploration, from both in orbit and in situ. But this exploration is only skin-deep, and a growing community of scientists are calling on NASA to explore the Mars underground. Charity Phillips-Lander joins Jake to talk about this exciting world underground and how she thinks we might have a chance to learn about it with a mission concept called MACIE. We talk Subterranean Exploration of Mars Visions and Voyages - Planetary Decadal Survey,...

Duration:00:38:15

83 – Humans to Mars 2020

9/8/2020
The annual Humans to Mars summit went virtual this year, and WeMartians stopped by to listen in on the discussions about getting humans to Mars. From life support to surface power, politics, and medicine, the summit covers a wide variety of topics. Guests Shawna Pandya, Robyn Gatens, Michelle Munk, Lee Mason, Marcia Smith and Chris Carberry join Jake to see where we're at in this long-term plan. Humans to Mars Summit Explore Mars websiteThis year's Humans to Mars Summit Agenda Follow Explore...

Duration:00:55:30

82 – WeMartians Live – Mars 2020 Perseverance Launch

8/4/2020
In the first ever WeMartians live video webcast, Jake is joined by co-host Tanya Harrison and special guests Alexandra Pontefract, Nathan Williams, and Phillip Hargrove to experience the launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover. Mars 2020 Perseverance Video Version of this WebcastNASA successfully launches Mars 2020 Follow our Guests Tanya Harrison Twitter (@TanyaOfMars)Alexandra Pontefract (@astrobio_alex)Phillip Hargrove Twitter (@FlightMastrPhil)Main Engine Cut Off (@WeHaveMECO) Follow...

Duration:01:15:33

81 – A Probe Called Hope (feat. the Mars Hope team)

7/29/2020
It's the Summer of Mars, and in between the larger space agencies of the United States and China vying to put the next rover on the surface, a small, upstart space agency in the United Arab Emirates is also looking to make their mark. Team members Mohsen Al Awadhi, Hessa Rashid Al Matroushi and Ayesha Al Sharafi from the UAE's Mars Hope mission join Jake to talk about their successful launch and what they hope this mission will say to the people of the UAE and the world. Mars Hope Mars Hope...

Duration:00:41:04

80 – The Summer of Mars

7/2/2020
The Summer of Mars is here! Three missions are launching to Mars in the next few weeks from three different space agencies. We've got the definitive preview of these missions, from UAE's Mars Hope, to China's Tianwen-1, and of course, NASA's Perseverance Rover. Get caught up on all the facts before you watch the launch! Mars Hope Mars Hope Unveiled in 2015Hope Probe IntroductionTEDx Talk, Omran Sharaf, Project Manager for Mars HopeTEDx Talk, Sarah Amiri, Project Scientist for Mars HopeLots...

Duration:00:50:39

79 – Preparing for a Martian Launch (feat. Tory Bruno)

6/2/2020
NASA's Mars2020 Rover is set to launch this summer on an Atlas V rocket from the United Launch Alliance. But it is no trivial payload, and a lot of work goes into preparing a rocket for this kind of journey. ULA's CEO Tory Bruno joins Jake to talk about those preparations as they get close to this historic mission. We talk Atlas V and Perseverance Atlas V assembly beginsThe Mars2020 WebsiteNASA Perseverance Rover Twitter Follow Tory Tory on Twitter (@ToryBruno)ULA's WebsiteULA Twitter...

Duration:00:49:59

78 – The Quest for a Piece of Mars (feat. Chris Herd)

5/19/2020
NASA's Mars2020 Rover is set to launch this summer to kick off an intense series of missions set to bring back a sample from Mars. But retrieving these samples is no small task. The University of Alberta's Chris Herd, member of the Project Science Group for the mission, joins Jake to discuss Mars samples and all the challenges that go into getting them home. We talk Sample Science for Mars2020 Perseverance Chris named to Project Science GroupThe Mars2020 WebsiteNASA Perseverance Rover...

Duration:00:39:26

77 – Persevering through ATLO (feat. Christina Hernandez)

5/5/2020
The ATLO phase of a planetary mission (Assembly, Test and Launch Operations) is the most intense of any part of its development. Amid a global pandemic, Perseverance's time at it is even more remarkable. NASA JPL's Christina Hernandez, a systems engineer on the rover team, joins us to talk about what it's like getting a flagship mission out the door and to the launch pad. We talk ATLO for Mars2020 Perseverance The Mars2020 WebsiteNASA Perseverance Rover Twitter Follow Christina Christina on...

Duration:00:37:00

76 – A New Science Paradigm (feat. Elizabeth Frank)

4/21/2020
For a long time, planetary science missions have been the exclusive domain of space agencies like NASA. But in the 21st century, things are changing, and commercial actors are increasingly involving themselves not just as suppliers to governments, but as mission leaders themselves. Elizabeth Frank from First Mode joins Jake to talk about a new paradigm for planetary science. We talk Government, Industry, and Planetary Science Elizabeth's rejected LPSC abstract Follow Elizabeth Elizabeth on...

Duration:00:49:33

75 – Virtual LPSC (Part 2)

4/2/2020
The annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is the premier gathering for planetary scientists worldwide. But, like many events, it was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. We've covered it every year, and despite viral concerns, this year is no different. We speak with six planetary scientists about the work they were going to present by creating a virtual, simulated audio poster session. Stop step in, grab a drink, and learn about some cool space science. We Mars...

Duration:00:45:21

74 – Virtual LPSC (Part 1)

3/31/2020
The annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is the premier gathering for planetary scientists worldwide. But, like many events, it was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. We've covered it every year, and despite viral concerns, this year is no different. We speak with six planetary scientists about the work they were going to present by creating a virtual, simulated audio poster session. Stop step in, grab a drink, and learn about some cool space science. We Mars...

Duration:00:51:38

73 – Moving ExoMars (feat. Natalie Panek)

3/17/2020
The ExoMars mission will be Europe's first Mars rover, and when it drives off the platform on Mars to begin operating, it will do so on chassis and wheels made in Canada. Natalie Panek from MDA joins Jake to talk about the Rosalind Franklin's mobility system, and how the rover will move around on the Red Planet. We talk Rover Mobility Systems Wheel walking TestsMore Wheel Walking!Video shows deployment sequence of wheels and rover (you can also hear the clinking sounds of the metal treads)...

Duration:00:32:04

72 – Taking Stock of Planetary Protection (feat. Wendy Calvin)

2/25/2020
Planetary Protection is the framework by which we protect the worlds we explore from our own environment, and Earth from the worlds we explore. And while it's purpose is important, its specifics can get out of sync as we learn more about science, technology, and when our priorities for exploration and development of space change. Dr. Wendy Calvin, a member of the Planetary Protection Independent Review Board, joins Jake to talk about her assessment of the current policies and the...

Duration:00:44:49

Ask me Anything! – Patreon Milestone Episode

2/4/2020
In December we launched our #GoingPro campaign and you, the listeners, really stepped up! We hit our 200 patron milestone with hours to spare. And that means Jake's on the hook for an Ask Me Anything podcast! So here it is. Patrons from around the world submitted questions and we've asked Anthony Colangelo from Main Engine Cut Off and Off-Nominal to come by and read them. It is a fun filled episode with questions spanning space and non-space areas. Thanks so much for your support in this...

Duration:00:48:00