Episode Six

Comedian and space enthusiast Helen Keen (creator of BBC Radio 4's multi-award-winning It Is Rocket Science) welcomes you to a monthly podcast inspired by space travel in general and Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station in particular.

In this episode - (1min 44 secs) we meet Andrew Winnard, a space medicine researcher, who explains how studying astronauts might one day help to fix your sore back, and also the perils of going to the gym in space... then (24mins 10secs) Dr Sheila Kanani tells us why she loves the moons of Saturn, and talks 200 years of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Episode 6 links:

Andrew Winnard's work is covered here.

And also more on the research generally here.

...& of course Tim Peake's marathon here.

Ian Simmons is here.

Follow Dr Sheila Kanani on Twitter - twitter.com/SaturnSheila and via her website saturnsheila.wordpress.com/ .

You can find out more about visiting the wonderful Royal Astronomical Society here.

Theme song "Modular Space" composed by Martin Molin from Swedish band Wintergatan.

Episode Five

Comedian and space enthusiast Helen Keen (creator of BBC Radio 4's multi-award-winning It Is Rocket Science) welcomes you to a monthly podcast inspired by space travel in general and Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station in particular.

In this episode - (1min20secs) we look to the future of astronomy with the exciting James Webb Space telescope, (6min39secs) discover the rather underwhelming names our ancestors called the Milky Way, and (8min30secs) explore card magic, illusion, and experiments in space - from Apollo 14 to the International Space station.

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Episode 5 links:

Professor Richard Wiseman
www.youtube.com/user/Quirkology, and you can watch the James Randi /Dr Ed Lu space shuffle here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EgJBQiiqoM

Helen Zaltzman & her Podcasts of Wonder helenzaltzman.com

Professor Gillian Wright and the work of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre www.ukatc.stfc.ac.uk/UKATC/people/38890.aspx

Theme song "Modular Space" composed by Martin Molin from Swedish band Wintergatan.

Episode Four

Comedian and space enthusiast Helen Keen (creator of BBC Radio 4's multi-award-winning It Is Rocket Science) welcomes you to a monthly podcast inspired by space travel in general and Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station in particular.

In this episode - we go to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh to discover how particle accelerators could help you out in the airport security queue (1 min), predict the names of future cities on Mars with The Illusionists' Helen Zaltzman (6 mins), and listen in on magicians discussing the hoax that was the first British man in space - launched from Skegness in the 1950s (16mins 20 secs)... Really?

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Episode 4 links:

The Higgs Centre for Innovation

Helen Zaltzman & her Podcasts of Wonder helenzaltzman.com

The Patrick Page Audio Archive

(Also - because Helen Z & I talk about briefly & it is a thing of utter brilliance & still one of my favourites - www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ4c1X5ene8)

Theme song "Modular Space" composed by Martin Molin from Swedish band Wintergatan.

Episode Three

Comedian and space enthusiast Helen Keen (creator of BBC Radio 4's multi-award-winning It Is Rocket Science) welcomes you to a monthly podcast inspired by space travel in general and Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station in particular.

In this episode - interviews with the Oscar-nominated screenwriter and producer of Hidden Figures Allison Schroeder (1 min), and the Edinburgh-based fire scientist working with NASA to study fires in space Dr Rory Hadden (12 mins).

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Episode 3 links:

Find out more about Fire Science www.fire.eng.ed.ac.uk

Watch the trailer & check out the official Hidden Figures website www.foxmovies.com/movies/hidden-figures

Theme song "Modular Space" composed by Martin Molin from Swedish band Wintergatan.

Episode Two

Comedian and space enthusiast Helen Keen (creator of BBC Radio 4's multi-award-winning It Is Rocket Science) welcomes you to a monthly podcast inspired by space travel in general and Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station in particular.

In this month's show we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Brit in space Helen Sharman, and she tells us what Tim Peake can look forward to on his ride back to Earth. We talk to materials chemist Dr Suze Kundu about the challenges of travelling to other planets, and to Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's Zach Weinersmith on evading the robot overlords of the future...

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Episode 2 guests and links:

Helen Sharman is a chemist who became the first British astronaut and also the first woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991. She is now Operations Manager of the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London.

Dr Suze Kundu is a Teaching Fellow in the University of Surrey's Chemical and Process Engineering Department where her research area is functional nanomaterials. She's also a science communicator and regular contributor to Forbes .

Zach Weinersmith is the creator of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomics. He's also the curator of BAHfest - The Festival of Bad ad hoc Hypotheses.

Theme song "Modular Space" composed by Martin Molin from Swedish band Wintergatan.

Executive Producer: Ian Simmons.

Episode One

This episode features astronaut Chris Hadfield talking perfect take-offs; former flight director Libby Jackson on the danger of drowning during a spacewalk, plus nuts and bolts from the world's first crowdfunded amateur manned space programme....

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Episode 1 guests and links:

Mads Wilson and his colleagues at Copenhagen Suborbitals spend their free time trying to build a rocket that will send a human into space.
You can watch their brilliant successes (and occasional spectacular failures) on their YouTube channel.

Libby Jackson is the UK Space Agency's Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager. Before that she was a Columbus Flight Director, working at the Columbus Control Centre in Munich, Germany. She talks about Luca Parmitano's blog which you can find here.

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent nearly 4,000 hours in space and became a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" from the International Space Station. His international bestseller, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, sees his lessons learnt in space applied to life on Earth, and his most recent book, You Are Here, gives us the really big picture: our home, as seen from space.

How many people are in space right now? Click here.

Theme song "Modular Space" composed by Martin Molin from Swedish band Wintergatan.

Executive Producer: Ian Simmons.