The Star Spot

Our guest today is Dr. Carolyn Porco, a planetary scientist who led the imaging team in studying and interpreting the images from the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and its moon Titan.  She is senior research scientist at the space science institute in boulder, CO, adjunct prof at U of Colorado and U of Arizona. Her scholarly work as well as her efforts to convey science education and literacy to the public has won her many awards and recognitions. These include the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronmomical Society for Excellence in the communication of Science to the Public. In 2008 Wired Magazine named her one of 15 people the next president should listen to.

Dr. Carolyn Porco joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to discuss everything about Saturn: the mission, the moons, the rings, the possibility of life on Enceladus, and the momentous touchdown on Titan. She also shares her passion for science education and her special sense of the spiritual.

In Current in Space, guest journalist Amanda Gadke discusses the final adventure of the Discovery Space Shuttle.

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Direct download: Ep3-CarolynPorco.mp3
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Our guest is Dan Falk, an award winning science journalist and broadcaster. He's been published very broadly, including in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Cosmos Magazine, and New Scientist, and has contributed to CBC and TV Ontario science programming. Dan Falk is also the author of two books, including In Search of Time: Journeys Along a Curious Dimension and The Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything, which was the winner of the 2002 Science in Society Journalism Award from the Canadian Science Writers' Association. He is currently at MIT pursuing a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship.

In their broad conversation, Dan Falk and Justin Trottier discuss the importance of astronomy and science literacy, why life may be rare in the galaxy but the SETI project is still important, how time might be just an illusion, the greatness of Galileo, and the endlessly fascinating scientific adventure.

In Current in Space, we discuss new insights on merging spiral galaxies, the Kepler planet hunting mission getting an extension, and a contrary view for the prevalance of life in the universe from Marc Kaufman, author of "First Contact."

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Direct download: The_Star_Spot_Ep2-Dan_Falk.mp3
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