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 SIXTY MINUTES IN SPACE

Scientists from the Space Sciences Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science take you "behind the stories" using the best images  and animation available to help understand the latest developments.

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60 Minutes in Space - July 2017

Steve Lee - Juno's Flyover of Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Runtime - 6:54

Steve Lee - New Horizons video of Pluto
Runtime - 4:30

Steve Lee - Mars Pathfinder 20th Anniversary
Runtime - 5:35

Steve Lee - Mars Opportunity Rover update
Runtime - 10:40

Steve Lee - Curiosity Mars Rover update
Runtime - 13:29

Steve Lee - Total Solar Eclipse
Runtime - 5:45


Steve Lee starts off with a look at recently released images from the Juno spacecraft of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. 

From there he moves out to Pluto with some amazing flyover movies of Pluto's mountains and plains.

Back on Mars, Steve talks about the Mars Pathfinder 20th anniversary and the latest from the rovers-Opportunity and Curiosity.

Steve wraps up with information on the upcoming solar eclipse. He shows the path of totality, talks about the events at the museum and how to safely view the eclipse.

Links to Steve's stories:

Jupiter images thrill, inspire public participation

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains

NASA marks 20 years of continuous Mars exploration

From Mars Rover: Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'

Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

NASA's Hubble Sees Martian Moon Orbiting the Red Planet

Total Eclipse 2017

60 Minutes in Space - May 2017

Ka Chun Yu - Galaxy Cluster Abell 370
Runtime - 10:16

Ka Chun Yu - Perseus Galaxy Cluster
Runtime - 13:50

Ka Chun Yu - Dying Star goes out with a Whimper
Runtime - 6:38

Ka Chun Yu - Solving the Problem of Interstellar Slowdown
Runtime - 3:56

Steve Lee - Cassini "Grand Finale" update
Runtime - 9:53

Steve Lee - Trove of data from NASA's Juno mission
Runtime - 11:15

Steve Lee - Mars rovers update 
Runtime - 5:10

Steve Lee - SpaceX Falcon 9 Pinpoint Landing 
Runtime - 2:49


Ka Chun's first story looks at the Abell 370 galaxy cluster. The NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope has peered across six billion light years of space to resolve extremely faint features of this galaxy cluster that have not been seen before. 

Keeping with the Galaxy Cluster theme, Ka Chun's next story looks at the nearby Perseus Galaxy Cluster. Combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio observations and computer simulations, an international team of scientists has discovered a vast wave of hot gas in the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster. 

Every second a star somewhere out in the universe explodes as a supernova. But some super-massive stars go out with a whimper instead of a bang. When they do, they can collapse under the crushing tug of gravity and vanish out of sight, only to leave behind a black hole.

In his final story, Ka Chun looks at how space visionaries are trying to solve the problem of not only of getting a spacecraft to our nearest stellar neighbor but how to slow it down once it gets there. 

Steve begins by covering two stories from the Cassini mission. The first is the spacecrafts closest brush yet with Saturn's inner ring. The second is a spectacular look at solstice on Saturn.

Moving on to Jupiter, Steve covers the recent release of data and images from the Juno mission. The first months of observations of the solar system's biggest planet from NASA's Juno spacecraft have revealed huge swirling polar cyclones, previously-undetected structures and motions beneath Jupiter's distinctive clouds, and the first evidence for what lies at the core of the gas giant.

Next up, Steve brings us the latest from the Mars rovers - Opportunity and Curiosity. Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission -- an ancient fluid-carved valley incised on the inner slope of a vast crater's rim. Curiosity continues its climb towards the foothills of Mt. Sharp examining outcrops along the way. 

In his final story, Steve takes a quick look at the recent SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of a government satellite and the amazing pinpoint landing of the first stage nine minutes after liftoff.

 

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

The final frontier of the Frontier Fields

Scientists Find Giant Wave Rolling Through the Perseus Galaxy Cluster

Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

Space travel visionaries solve the problem of interstellar slowdown at our stellar neighbor

Links to Steve' stories:

Cassini survives closest brush with Saturn's inner ring

Cassini Looks on as Solstice Arrives at Saturn

Jupiter surprises in first trove of data from NASA's Juno mission

Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin

Curiosity update - Not enough hours in the sol

SpaceX Successfully Boosts Top Secret U.S. Government Satellite into Space

Photos: SpaceX kicks off the week with Falcon 9 launch and landing

 

 

 

 

 

 


60 Minutes in Space - March 2017

Steve Lee - Mars Rovers Update
Runtime - 16:30

Steve Lee - Identifying Ceres' Bright Spots
Runtime - 5:56

Steve Lee - Mission Updates: Juno
Runtime - 4:01

Steve Lee - Private Spaceflight Update
Runtime - 10:13

Steve Lee - A Fictive Flight above Real Mars
Runtime - 5:46

 

First, Steve brings us up to date on what's happening with the Mars' rovers. Opportunity is just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater while Curiosity is busing investigating several targets in the area known as Ogunquit Bay.

Using data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, scientists believe the bright area of Ceres' Occator Crater is appx. 30 million years younger than the cratier in which it lies.

The Juno spacecraft recently completed its fifth close glyby of Jupiter. All of Juno's science instruments and the spacecraft's JunoCam were operating during the flyby.

Blue Origin has revealed new details of the company's reusable booster and SpaceX has announced plans to send two paying "private individuals" on a week-long flight around the moon and back by the end of next year.

In his final story, Steve shows a video by Finnish filmmaker Jan Frojdman who transformed HiRISE imagery into a dynamic, three-dimensional, overhead view of the Red Planet - no 3D glasses required

Opportunity Update:  Leaving Crater Rim for the Plains of Meridiani

Mars Rover Curiosity: Mission Updates

Dawn Identifies Age of Ceres' Brightest Area

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Jupiter Flyby

Blue Origin details new rocket's capabilities, signs first orbital customer

SpaceX to send two private citizens around the moon and back

A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together-by Hand 

60 Minutes in Space - February 2017

Steve Lee - Mars Rovers Update 
Runtime - 13:27

Steve Lee - Mars 2020 Rover Landing Site
Runtime - 5:14

Steve Lee - Mission Updates: Juno
Runtime - 4:06

Steve Lee - Rocket Report
Runtime - 6:51

Steve Lee - TRAPPIST-1 System 
Runtime -  9:57

Steve Lee is our presenter this month. He begins with mission updates.

First, an update on the Mars rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, and then a look at the latest news from the Mars 2020 mission. Steve then moves on to Jupiter and the Juno spacecraft.

Next up, Steve looks at two recent historic launches. The first is an Indian rocket that deployed 104 satellites into orbit 300 miles above Earth. It is the largest pack of satellite ever launched on a single rocket. The second launch was a SpaceX mission to the ISS. The Falcon 9 launched from the same pad where Apollo astronauts began voyages to the moon.

Finally, Steve talks about NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope discovery of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. 

 

Links to Steve's stories:

Opportunity Update:  Leaving Crater Rim for the Plains of Meridiani

Mars Rover Curiosity: Mission Updates

Picking a Landing Site for NASA's Mars 2020 Rover

NASA's Juno Mission to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

India lofts a record 104 spacecraft on a single rocket

Historic launch pad back in service with thundering blastoff by SpaceX

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets around Single Star

60 Minutes in Space - January 2017

Ka Chun Yu - Brand New Type of Galaxy
Runtime - 13:50

Ka Chun Yu - Stars Ripped from another Galaxy
Runtime - 6:53

Ka Chun Yu - An Explanation for the Alien Megastructure
Runtime - 17:38

Steve Lee - Mars Rovers Update
Runtime - 17:28

Steve Lee - Mission Updates: Juno and Cassini
Runtime - 12:05

Steve Lee - SpaceX Resumes Falcon 9 Launches
Runtime -  7:43

 

Ka Chun's first story looks at the disco very of a ring galaxy where an external circle of young stars surrounds an older galactic core.

Next, Ka Chun looks at new research that reveals that 5 of the 11 farthest known stars in our galaxy were ripped from the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy. Moreover, they are members of a lengthy stream of stars extending one million light-years across space, or 10 times the width of our galaxy.

Ka Chun's last story looks at a possible explnation for the 'Alien Megastructure' around KIC8462852.

Steve brings us up to date on what's happening with the Mars' rovers. First, he looks at why Opportunity rover has lasted so long - 4,624 days to be exact! Next up, he looks at how Curiosity rover is finding evidence of how ancient lakes and wet underground environments changed, billions of years ago, creating more diverse chemical environments that affected their favorability for microbial life. 

Next up, Steve talks about the latest with the Juno and Cassini missions.

Steve closes with a look at SpaceX's first Falcon 9 launch since the pad explosion last year.

 

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

Double ring galaxy PGC 1000714

Sagittarius Stream

KIC 8462852 (Tabby's Star)

 

Links to Steve's stories:

Why Have the Rovers Lasted So Long

Mars Rock-Ingredient Stew Seen as Plus for Habitability

NASA planning February decision on Juno maneuver

Saturn's Sheperd Moon Daphnis Makes Waves

SpaceX Resumes Flights with On-Target Launch for Iridium

Your Home Planet as Seen from Mars

 

 

 

 

 

 


60 Minutes in Space - November 2016

Ka Chun Yu - A Young Star Fragments
Runtime - 7:31

Ka Chun Yu - Sculpting Solar Systems
Runtime - 16:40

Ka Chun Yu - Proxima Centauri and the Alpha Centauri system
Runtime - 10:10

Steve Lee - Mars Rovers Update
Runtime - 16:48

Steve Lee - Mission Updates: ExoMars
Runtime - 7:07

Steve Lee - Mission Updates: Cassini
Runtime - 7:38

Steve Lee - Chinese Astronauts Return Home from trip to Space Lab
Runtime - 7:13

All three of Ka Chun's stories this month are related to planet and star formation. For the first time, astronomers have seen a dusty disc of material around a young star fragmenting into a multiple star system.  Scientists had suspected such a process, caused by gravitational instability, was at work, but new observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed the process in action.

Continuing with the Planet/Star formation theme, Ka Chun's second story looks at new observations of planet-forming discs around young stars. Three teams of astronomers have made use of SPHERE, an advanced exoplanet-hunting instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at ESO's Paranal Observatory, in order to shed light on the enigmatic evolution of fledgling planetary systems.

Ka Chun's final story looks at whether Proxima Centauri and Alpha Centauri AB are a gravitationally bound triple star system. New research shows that in Proxima Centauri is in orbit around Alpha Centauri. Ka Chun's looks at how the researchers came to this conclusion.

Steve's first story brings us up to date on what's happening with the Mars' rovers. Opportunity is heading towards the next science waypoint on the rim of Endeavour Crater. Meanwhile, Curiosity rover confirms a globular, golf-ball-size object on Mars is an iron-nickel meteorite.

In his next story, Steve talks about the ExoMars mission and the latest in the investigation into the failed Schiaparelli landing attempt.

Steve looks at the final stages of the Cassini mission before the spacecraft plunges into the planet's atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017.

Two Chinese astronauts closed out a month in space Friday (Nov. 18) with a parachute-assisted landing in northern China's remote Inner Mongolia territory, a day after the crew departed the Tiangong 2 space lab to begin the trip home.

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

Young Stellar System Caught in Act of Forming Close Multiples

Sculpting Solar Systems

Proxima's Orbit around Alpha Centauri

 

Links to Steve's stories:

Opportunity Update:  A Probable Path Forward to the 'Gully'

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for 'Ring-Grazing Orbits'

Two Chinese astronauts back on Earth

 

 

 

 

 

 


60 Minutes in Space - October 2016

Dimitri Klebe - Evidence for Ninth Planet
Runtime - 7:41

Dimitri Klebe - Map of the Milky Way
Runtime - 6:59

Dimitri Klebe - Image of Eta Carinae
Runtime - 19:32

Steve Lee - Mars Rovers Update
Runtime - 14:58

Steve Lee - Mission Updates: ExoMars
Runtime - 11:24

Steve Lee - Mission Updates: Rosetta
Runtime - 4:19

Steve Lee - Mission Updates: Blue Origin
Runtime - 5:04

Dimitri Klebe stories include new research that provides more evidence for a 9th planet, the most detailed map of our galaxy yet, and the European Southern Observatory's release of a high-resolution of the Eta Carinae star system.

Steve Lee brings us the latest on the Mars Rovers and mission updates from ExoMars, Rosetta, and Blue Origin.


Links to Dimitri's stories:

More Evidence for Ninth Planet on Solar System's Fringes

WVU astrophysicist part of team that has created most detailed map of Milky Way

Highest Resolution Image of Eta Carinae

 

Links to Steve's stories:

Opportunity Rover to Explore Mars Gully

Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter

Detailed Images of Schiaparelli and its Descent of Hardware on Mars

Mission Complete: Rosetta's Journey Ends in Daring Descent to Comet

Privately-developed rocket aces abort test

 


60 Minutes in Space - August 2016

Ka Chun Yu - Planet Found in Habitable Zone
Runtime: 35:49

Steve Lee - Mars Rovers Update
Runtime: 13:25

Steve Lee - Mission Updates: Juno, OSIRIS-Rex, and Sentinel-1A
Runtime: 16:56

Ka Chun focuses on the recent announcement of a planet found in the habitable zone around our solar systems nearest star.

Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us - and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.

Steve's first story brings us up to date on what's happening with the Mars' rovers. Opportunity has collected panorama images of "Lewis and Clark Gap" and "Wharton Ridge" on its journey along the rim of Endeavour crater. Meanwhile, Curiosity rover is approaching its next drilling site at Gale Crater. Not to be out done by Opportunity, Curiosity completed a stunning 360-degree color panorama of Murray Buttes.

In his next story, Steve talks about the latest news from the Juno mission to Jupiter, the upcoming launch of the asteroid sample return mission OSIRIS-REx, and  damage caused by a micrometeroied to the solar panel of ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite.

 

Links to Ka Chun's story:

Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star

 

Links to Steve's stories:

Opportunity Mission Updates

Curiosity Mission Updates

Juno gets its closest look at Jupiter

OSIRIS-REx Latest News

Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle

 

 

 

 

 


60 Minutes in Space - July 2016

Dimitri Klebe - SPIE Conference Lecture on the Fate of the Universe
Runtime: 15:59

Dimitri Klebe - Second Gravitational Wave Detection
Runtime: 18:52

Dimitri Klebe - LISA Pathfinder
Runtime: 3:06

Ka Chun Yu - Deepest Ever Look into Orion
Runtime: 17:56

Ka Chun Yu - A Surprising Planet with Three Suns
Runtime: 9:46

 

Dimitri's first story focuses on a lecture he attended at the SPIE conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The title of the lecture was "Studying the Birth and the Fate of the Universe Using Multi-Object Spectroscopy". Originally presented by Hitoshi Murayama from UC Berkley, he looks at the composition of the Universe and the detection of dark matter and dark energy.

Next up, Dimitri talks about the second detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO detectors. Like LIGO's first detection, this event was identified within minutes of the gravitational wave's passing. Subsequent careful studies of the instruments and environments around the observatories showed that the signal seen in the two detectors was truly from distant black holes - some 1.4 billion light years away.

Dimitri's last story looks at the results of data gathered by ESA's LISA Pathfinder, a space-based mission studying gravitational waves.

Both of Ka Chun's stories this month come from observations made by the European Southern Observatory. First he looks at the most comprehensive view of the Orion Nebula to date produced by the HAWK-I infrared instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT).

 Ka Chun's second story focuses on the direct imaging of the first planet ever found in a wide orbit inside a triple-star system.

 


Links to Dimitri Stories:

SPIE Conference Lecture on the Fate of the Universe

Second Gravitational Wave Detection

LISA Pathfinder

 

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

Deepest Ever Look into Orion

A Surprising Planet with Three Suns

60 Minutes in Space - June 2016

Steve Lee - Update on Dawn mission
Runtime - 19:47

Steve Lee - Mars rover update
Runtime - 22:04

Steve Lee - Juno mission to Jupiter
Runtime - 17:02

Steve Lee is the sole presenter this month.

In his first story, Steve looks at the latest from the Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres. Including an announcement from mission scientists about the bright spot on Ceres.

Next up, Steve brings us up to date on the Mars rovers - Opportunity and Curiosity.

Steve's final story looks at the Juno mission. At the time of this presentation, Juno was closing in on Jupiter and scheduled to be captured into the gas giants orbit on July 4, 2016. Steve reviews the mission to date and what to expect once it reaches Jupiter.

Links to Steve's stories:

Dawn mission updates

Opportunity rover mission updates

Curiosity rover mission updates

Juno mission updates

 

 

60 Minutes in Space - May 2016

Dimitri Klebe - The Search for Habitable Exoplanets
Runtime: 24:22

Dimitri Klebe - New Eyes on the Universe
Runtime: 8:07

Ka Chun Yu - Discovery of a Hidden Dwarf Galaxy
Runtime: 7:56

Ka Chun Yu - Einstein's Theory Stands True
Runtime: 7:55

Ka Chun Yu - Did a violent young Sun seed life on Earth?
Runtime: 10:33

Dimitri's first two stories focus on the hunt for habitable worlds around other stars. One recent discovery using the TRAPPIST telescope found three potentially habitable planets around an ultracool dwarf star. The second story covers the technology engineers and scientists at NASA are working on to improve our ability to detect these planets.

Dimitri wraps up with two stories on two new telescopes. The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world. It will be constructed in northern Chile beginning in 2017. The E-ELT will have a light-collecting area bigger than all existing optical telescopes and its adaptive optics system will provide images 15 times sharper that the Hubble telescope.
NASA is beginning work on the agency's next astrophysics observatory - the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). WFIRST will survey large regions of the sky in near-infrared light in an effort to unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter.


In Ka Chun's first story, subtle distortions hidden in ALMA's stunning image of the gravitational lens SDP.81 revealed telltale signs that a dwarf dark galaxy is lurking in the halo of a much larger galaxy nearly 4 billion light-years away.

This discovery paves the way for ALMA to find many more such objects and could help astronomers address important questions on the nature of dark matter.

Next up, Does Einstein's Theory Hold Up - By using Fiber Multi-Object Spectrograph (FMOS) on the Subaru Telescope, an international team led by Japanese researchers has made a 3D map of 3000 galaxies 13 billion light years from Earth. Based on this comprehensive survey, the first of such a study at this great distance, the team was able to confirm that Einstein's general theory of relativity is still valid.

Finally,a new study suggests that life on Earth may have sprung from bombardment by a youthful Sun lashing out with flares as potent as a thousand trillion exploding atomic bombs.

Such violence may explain how Earth became hospitable to life about four billion years ago, when the planet, and its star, were much, much colder, a research team wrote in the journal Nature Geoscience.


Links to Dimitri's stories:

Three potentially habitable worlds found around nearby ultracool dwarf star

Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths

ESO Signs Largest Ever Ground-based Astronomy Contract for E-ELT Dome and Telescope Structure

NASA Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the Universe

 

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

Dwarf dark galaxy hidden in ALMA gravitational lens image

New Test by Deepest Galaxy Map Finds Einstein's Theory Stands True

Violent young Sun may have seeded life on Earth: study

 

 

 


60 Minutes in Space - February 2016

Dimitri Klebe - LIGO detection of Gravity Waves
Runtime: 32:50

Dimitri Klebe - A New Era of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy
Runtime: 27:01


It's a one-scientist show this month with Dimitri Klebe.

The big story this month is the detection of Gravitational Waves by researchers using the twin Laster Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.

Dimitri talks about what the LIGO discovery means to astronomy researchers and other experiments being conducted in gravitational wave astronomy.

Links to Dimitri's stories:

LIGO

NANOGrav

eLISA

Event Horizon Telescope

60 Minutes in Space - January 2016

Dimitri Klebe and the 9th Planet
Runtime: 15:35

Dimitri Klebe - Could Globular Clusters Nurture Interstellar Civilizations
Runtime: 7:06

Dimitri Klebe - Finding "Twins" of Eta Carinae in Other Galaxies
Runtime: 5:15

Steve Lee - Mars Rover Updates
Runtime: 18:39

Steve Lee - ISS crew members return to Earth
Runtime: 5:48

Steve Lee - Commercial Space Program update
Runtime: 13:08

Steve Lee - NASA's Day of Remembrance
Runtime: 2:11

Dimitri Klebe kicks things off this month with a look at the possible discovery of a 9th planet. He talks about how researchers discovered the planet's existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations.

Dimitri's next story comes from research presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society that poses the question "Could Globular Clusters Nurture Interstellar Civilizations?"

Dimitri's final story focuses on a study using archival data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes to find objects with similar properties to Eta Carinae in other galaxies.

Steve Lee brings us up to date on the latest happenings on Mars. Opportunity rover is keeping busy through the depth of Martian winter and Curiosity takes a sandy selfie.

Next up, Steve talks about three Expedition 44 crewmembers' return to Earth after a 141-day stay in orbit.

Steve's next story looks at NASA's commercial crew program, SpaceX's recent launches, and Blue Origin's reusable booster launch and landing.

Steve's final story for this month covers the 30th Anniversary of the Challenger shuttle disaster and NASA's Day of Remembrance.

 

Links to Dimitri's stories:

Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet

Globular Clusters Could Nurture Interstellar Civilizations

NASA's Spitzer, Hubble Find "Twins" of Superstar Eta Carinae in Other Galaxies

Hubble Sees the Force Awakening in a Newborn Star

 

Links to Steve's stories:

Mars Rover Opportunity Busy Through Depth of Winter

Sandy Selfie Sent from NASA Mars Rover

Soyuz lands in Kazakhstan, bringing three station crewmen back to Earth

Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser selected for NASA cargo contract

Falcon 9 booster stage successfully lands in FL

Falcon 9 booster stage "almost lands" on barge in Pacific Ocean

Blue Origin's New Shepard launches/lands for a second time

Families, NASA honor fallen astronauts


60 Minutes in Space - November 2015

Steve Lee - Mars Rovers Opportunity and Curiosity
Runtime: 22:47

Steve Lee - Maven, New Horizons and Dawn Mission Updates
Runtime: 18:47

Steve Lee - International Space Station Anniversary
Runtime: 4:56


All Mission News All the Time!

Steve begins by bringing us up to date on the latest from the surface of Mars. Opportunity has positioned itself on the northern slopes of Marathon Valley where it will spend the coming Martian winter. By tilting its solar arrays towards the Sun, it can increase the power output and continue operations during the long Martian winter. Meanwhile, on the other side of Mars, Curiosity continues its trek towards higher layers of Mt. Sharp. On this journey Curiosity will take advantage of the chance to study some modern Martian activity at mobile sand dunes.

Next up< Steve leaves the surface of Mars for a look at the MAVEN mission. Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment that might have supported surface life to the cold, arid planet Mars is today.
Researchers are continuing to analyze data returned from New Horizon's Pluto encounter. From possible ice volcanoes to geologically diverse surfaces to oddly behaving moons that could have formed through mergers of smaller moons, Pluto system discoveries continue to surprise scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission team.
Next up, Steve looks at the Dawn mission. The stalwart probe completed a high altitude mapping orbit of Ceres. Scientists will use this data to help them further understand some of the curious aspects of the dwarf planet such as the bright regions and the puzzling number and distribution of craters.

Finally, NASA recently marked 15 years of continuous space station occupation. Steve brings us the latest news from the station including stunning images from a recent spacewalk.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Hits Winter Slopes at Marathon Valley

Curiosity update, sols 1109-1165: Drilling at Big Sky and Greenhorn, onward to Bagnold Dunes

NASA Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere

At Pluto, New Horizons Finds Geology of All Ages, Possible Ice Volcanoes, Insight into Planetary Origins

Dawn Mission Blog

NASA marks 15 years of space station occupation

Spacewalk snapshots show recent station EVAs

 

 

 

 

60 Minutes in Space - October 2015

Dimitri Klebe - The Dead Star Vaporizing a Mini Planet
Runtime: 30:15

Dimitri Klebe - Kepler data and the Alien Megastructure
Runtime: 11:10

Dimitri Klebe - The Wanderers
Runtime: 5:48

Ka Chun Yu - Reionization in the Universe
Runtime: 12:52

Ka Chun Yu - Origins of the Galactic Center star cluster
Runtime: 8:46


Dimitri Klebe and Ka Chun Yu are our presenters this month.

Dimitri begins by covering two stories related to Kepler data. In his first story, Dimitri reviews the Kepler mission and the current K2 mission. Researchers analyzing K2 data have discovered signs of a mini-planet being vaporized by a white dwarf star. His second story is on the analysis of data from the original Kepler mission. Astronomers and citizen scientists have reported a star with a "weird" transit-like feature. Dimitri discusses the possible explanations for this feature including one proposed by a Penn State astronomer - an alien megastructure.

Dimitri wraps up with a look at a video featured on Astronomy Picture of the Day.  The Wanderers is a vision of what humanity's expansion into space might look like. It features beautiful visualizations based on scientific ideas and concepts.

Ka Chun's first story is on Reionization in the Universe.

For about a billion years after the Big Bang, the cosmos was cloaked in a thick fog of hydrogen gas that kept light trapped. But as early stars began to form, hydrogen began to clear through a process called "reionization", letting light escape in all directions and turning the universe transparent.

Using observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have "looked back in time" by discovering over 250 of the earliest dwarf galaxies, and have also determined that these were vital to reionization.

Ka Chun follows up with a story on the star cluster at the center of our galaxy.

Astronomers know that there is a dense cluster of stars orbiting the black hole, Sagittarius A* at the center of the Milky Way. But they have long puzzled as to how this cluster ended up around it?

There are two leading hypotheses. One states the stars originated from a gas cloud that was in orbit around Sagittarius A* but that the cloud became unstable and collapsed to form these stars. Another theory proposes that the stars formed further away and migrated towards the black hole through dynamic processes.

Ka Chun talks about a new paper aimed at determining which model is the correct one.

Links to Dimitri's stories:

NASA's K2 Finds Dead Star Vaporizing a Mini "Planet"

A possible - not likely - alien megastructure

Wanderers

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

Hubble spies Big Bang frontiers

Looking at the earliest galaxies

Reionization by dwarf galaxies in early universe

KMOS view of the Galactic Centre I: Young Stars are centrally concentrated

60 Minutes in Space - September 2015

Ka Chun Yu talks about the birth of planets
Runtime: 23:47

Ka Chun Yu on the atmospheres of Earth & Venus
Runtime: 8:14

Steve Lee's Mars Rover Update
Runtime: 15:02

Steve Lee talks about water on Mars
Runtime: 14:54

Steve Lee on New Horizons and Dawn Missions
Runtime: 10:59

Ka Chun Yu and Steve Lee are our presenters this month.

Ka Chun
begins with a look at a recent image released from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array that has provided astronomers with amazing new detail into how planets form. Ka Chun talks about this new image and the features that have scientists intrigued. 

Ka Chun finishes up with a look at two planets in our own solar system. Venus is Earth's sister planet, similar in size and mass. But Venus has a much thicker atmosphere. How did the atmospheres of Earth and Venus end up so different? One theory suggests Earth may have had a more massive atmosphere early in its history but lost it due to impacts.

Next up, Steve brings us up to date with the latest news from Mars rovers, Opportunity and Curitosity and then discusses the new findings from MRO that provides strog evidence that liquid water flows on Mars today.

Steve wraps up with a look at the latest images from the New Horizons and Dawn missions.

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

Hunting for planets in the HL Tau disk  
On planet formation in HL Tau
Simulations of HL Tau
Atmospheric Mass Loss During Planet Formation

Links to Steve's stories:

Opportunity rover
Curiosity rover
NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today's Mars   
New Horizons
Dawn Mission           

60 Minutes in Space - August 2015
Runtime: 1:01:05

Dimitri Klebe brings us the latest mission news - Rosetta witnessing comet 67P/C-G's closest approach to the sun, Dawn's closest-yet views of dwarf planet Ceres, and speaking of dwarf planets, let's not forget New Horizon's recent flyby of Pluto. The New Horizon's team recently announced the next target for the spacecraft as a small Kuiper belt object.
Next up, Dimitri tells us how scientists have discovered the ingredients that fire up a particular kind of supernova known as Type Ia supernovae. Finally, he wraps up with a look at the slow death of the universe.

Ka Chun Yu covers two stories tonight. First, he looks at recent research into which type of galaxy is most likely to host complex life in the universe. In his second story, he talks about the recent announcement of the discovery of the exoplanet 51 Eridani b by the Gemini Planet Imager.  This exoplanet, which is 100 light-years away, shares many of the characteristics of an early Jupiter and could help scientists understand how the solar system formed.

Links to Dimitri's stories:
Rosetta's Big Day in the Sun
Dawn mission
New Horizons
Hubble Finds Supernovae in 'Wrong Place at Wrong Time
Captured at Last: The Tiny Stars that Spark Fierce Supernovae Explosions
Charting the Slow Death of the Universe


Links to Ka Chun's stories:
Which Galaxies Are the Most Habitable?
Giant Galaxies May Be Better Cradles for Habitable Planets
Astronomers Glimpse a Young Jupiter, 51 Eridani b
Astronomers discover 'young Jupiter' exoplanet

60 Minutes in Space - July 2015
Runtime: 1:20:00

Ka Chun Yu begins with a look at the recent NASA announcement from the Kepler mission. Mission scientists have confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star.  The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun.

Next, Steve Lee brings us the latest mission news.  He has updates on the Dawn mission to dwarf planet Ceres, the recent Soyuz launch carrying Expedition 44 crewmembers to the ISS, New Horizon's Pluto encounter, and finally, the latest on Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity.

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth
Kepler-452b: Earth's Bigger, Older Cousin -- Briefing Materials

Links to Steve's stories:

Dawn mission updates
Space station crew restored to six with Soyuz docking
Photos: Soyuz crew craft treks from Kazakhstan to space station
New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto
Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity updates
Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity updates

 

 

60 Minutes in Space - May 2015
Runtime: 1:22:41

Dimitri Klebe begins with a look New Horizon's upcoming close encounter with Pluto. He'll cover what's been learned about the Plutonian system since the spacecraft's launch and what to expect when the its cameras start taking pictures.

Next, Dimitri looks at how astronomers were able to create a 3D view of the Pillars of Creation using an instrument called MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile.

Ka Chun Yu begins by bringing things back to our solar system by looking at Jupiter's moon Europa.
Results of recent NASA experiments that suggest the dark material coating the long, thin fractures covering Europa's surface is sea salt from a subsurface ocean that has been discolored by exposure to radiation.

Ka Chun's next two stories deal with exoplanets. First, he looks at recent exoplanet discoveries using the Automated Planet Finder Telescope at Lick Observatory in California and the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, Hawaiʻi. His second exoplanet story is about the first evidence of changing conditions on a super Earth.  Astronomers have detected wildly changing temperatures on a this "diamond planet" and believe it could be due to huge amounts of volcanic activity.

Links to Dimitri's stories:

New Horizons
The Pillars of Creation Revealed in 3D

First Light for MUSE

MUSE Reveals True Story Behind Galactic Crash

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

NASA Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt
Robotically discovering Earth's nearest neighbors
Astronomers find first evidence of changing conditions on a super Earth

 

60 Minutes in Space - April 2015
Runtime: 1:25:28

Ka Chun Yu begins with a story on active galaxies. An active galaxy has a black hole at its center which pulls galactic material inwards towards the central black hole.  This central engine radiates out a lot of energy forming bright quasars with powerful jets of particles and energy.
In his second story, Ka Chun talks about the 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA released an image of Westerlund 2 in celebration of the occasion. This giant cluster of about 3,000 stars is named for Swedish astronomer Bengt Weterlund, who discovered the grouping in the 1960s. The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina.

Next up, Steve Lee brings us the latest in mission news. He begins with an update of the status of Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity.
He also covers the recent news from the Dawn's mission to dwarf planet Ceres, the upcoming close approach of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft.
Closer to home, Steve talks about the recent SpaceX cargo mission and the mishap with the Progress launch to the ISS.

Links to Ka Chun's stories:

Active Galaxies

HST 25th Anniversary Image
Celestial Fireworks

Links to Steve' stories:

Opportunity update

Curiosity update
DAWN at Ceres update
New Horizons update
SpaceX Falcon 9 recovery attempt
Russian Progress ISS resupply mission lost


60 Minutes in Space - March 2015
Runtime: 1:10:32

It's a one-man show this month presented by Dimitri Klebe.

Dimitri begins close to home (relatively speaking) by bringing us the latest on the Dawn mission. The spacecraft was captured into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres in early March. This is the second extraterrestrial object visited by Dawn. In 2011 the spacecraft explored the giant asteroid Vesta.

Next, he goes to the outer Solar System to cover the new examination of trans-neptunian objects that suggest two planets may lurk in the shadows.

Speaking of shadows, Dimitri's next story is about how the Rosetta probe captured a photo of its own shadow on the comet it's studying from orbit.

From there he focuses outside our galaxy to discuss how scientists discovered two rare dwarf satellite galaxies orbing the Milky Way using data from the Dark Energy Survey.

Moving from dwarf galaxies to star clusters, Dimitri talks about a newly-discovered massive star cluster buried within a supernebula located in the constellation Centaurus.

Next, Dimitri talks about how astronomers using the Hubble space Telescope spotted a distant supernova split into four images by a cosmic lens.

Wrapping up by going back in space and time, he discusses new observations that reveal a bright star observed in 1670 was not a nova but a spectacular collision between two stars.

Links to Dimitri's stories:

Dawn mission

New Examination of Trans-Neptunian Objects Suggests Two Planets Lurk in Outer Solar System

Rosetta Spacecraft Sees Its Shadow on a Comet
 
Scientists find rare dwarf satellite galaxy candidates in Dark Energy Survey data

Astronomers Spot Mysterious Star-Forming Cluster in Nearby Galaxy NGC 5253

Hubble Sees Supernova Split into Four Images by Cosmic Lens

Colliding Stars Explain Enigmatic Seventeenth Century Explosion

60 Minutes in Space - February 2015
Runtime: 1:24:11

It was a dark and stormy night for February's 60 Minutes in Space but a valiant group of folks plowed through the snow to be here!

This month's presentation takes place in Ricketson Auditorium. Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about Scholz's star, the failed star that passed within a light year of our own sun. 
Next, he covers the Case of the Missing Pulsar. Scientists measured the space-time warp in the gravity of a binary star system and determined the mass of a neutron star -- just before it disappeared.
He wraps up with the latest results from the Planck Telescope which indicate that the Dark Ages of the Universe lasted 100 million years longer than previous estimates by other telescopes.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us up to date on Opportunity rover's marathon achievement. Opportunity is nearing a location on Mars at which its driving distance will surpass the length of a marathon race.  Next, a look at Curiosity rover's third drilling site in an outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
At the date of recording, the Dawn spacecraft was closing in on dwarf planet Ceres. Steve takes a look at the most recent images and the timeline for Dawn to be captured into orbit around Ceres.
Finally, Steve covers the latest on the Rosetta mission including some stunning images captured by the orbiting spacecraft.

Links to Dimitri's stories:

Closest known flyby of star to our solar system
The Disappearance of the Cosmic Spinning Top
Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe


Links to Steve's stories:

MER update
Curiosity update
Dawn updates
Rosetta updates

60 Minutes in Space - January 2015
Runtime: 1:38:42

60 Minutes in Space for 2015 kicks off with Dimitri Klebe reporting on several lectures he attended during the American Astronomical Society conference. He talks about finding exoplanets using Kepler data, determining the age of the exoplanets by measuring the age of their star, and determining the mass of an exoplanet using the Doppler Effect. His final story is a look at the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's "first light".

Steve Lee brings us up to date on the latest news from the Mars rovers - Opportunity and Curiosity. Next he takes a look at the first test flight for NASA's Orion spacecraft. He closes with a look at the Dawn spacecraft's upcoming close encounter with the asteroid Ceres.

Links to Dimitri's stories:
Press conference webcasts from the American Astronomical Society meeting
New Instrument Reveals Recipe for Other Earths
Eight New Planets Found in "Goldilocks" Zone
Super-Earths Have Long-Lasting Oceans
Stars' Spins Reveal Their Ages
Astronomers Discover Ancient System with Five Small Planets
Hubble 25th Anniversary
The Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury
Hubble Goes High Def to Revisit the Iconic 'Pillars of Creation'

Links to Steve's stories:
Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity mission update
Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission update
Orion EFT-1 mission update
Dawn mission update: approaching Ceres
Team of students at Centaurus High School make progress toward launching experiment to the ISS (targeted for July 2015)

60 Minutes in Space - November 2014
Runtime: 1:34:25

For this final presentation of 2014, Dr. Ka Chun Yu talks about a new image released by ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimter Array) which shows the best image yet of planet formation around an distant star.
Dr. Steve Lee takes an in-depth look at recent events in the Rosetta mission. He also brings us the latest on the Antares launch failure and the upcoming Orion test launch.

Links to Ka Chun's stories:
Revolutionary ALMA Image Reveals Planetary Genesis
Birth of Planets Revealed in Astonishing Detail in ALMA's 'Best Image Ever'

Links to Steve's stories:
Rosetta updates
Philae landing overview
Antares launch failure
Future Cygnus missions
Orion Exploration Flight Test 1

60 Minutes in Space - September 2014
Runtime: 1:14:37

All the best mission news in one place! Dr. Steve Lee brings us up to date on what's happening with the Mars Rovers, the latest on the Rosetta mission, NASA's Commercial Crew Program, and the upcoming (at press time) orbital insertion of the MAVEN spacecraft.

Links to Steve's stories:
Opportunity mission status update
Curiosity reaches Mt. Sharp
Rosetta updates
NASA selects Commercial Crew vehicle partners
MAVEN mission status updates

60 Minutes in Space - August 2014
Runtime: 1:10:19

Dr. Dimitri Klebe recently attended the SPIE conference, the international society for optics and photonics,  and brings you the best of the lectures he attended. He talks about the largest observatories currently in operation and those in the coming decades.

Dr. Ka Chun Yu talks about new findings from a NASA-funded instrument that have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky.  Known as the Local Hot Bubble or LHB, scientists have been in disagreement about whether these x-rays emanated from within our solar system or was the result of interactions with the passing solar wind.

Links to Dimitri's stories:
James Webb Space Telescope
Square Kilometre Array
First Light for MUSE
Rosetta Mission

Links to Ka Chun's story:
NASA-funded X-ray Instrument Settles Interstellar Debate
Evidence for Supernovas Near Earth

60 Minutes in Space - July 2014
Runtime: 1:20:36

Special guest, Dr. Joel Parker, from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will talk about the Rosetta mission. Dr. Parker is the Deputy PI on the Alice UV spectrograph on the Rosetta mission. The spacecraft is fast approaching its target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko where it will spend a year studying the comet in detail.

Next up, Dr. Steve Lee gives us a quick update on Mars rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, and covers new results published by the Cassini team on Saturn's moon, Enceledus.

Links to stories:

Rosetta Arrives at Comet

Curiosity Update

Opportunity Update

Cassini Observes Geysers on Enceladus

60 Minutes in Space - June 2014
Runtime: 1:18:02

This month's program begins with a presentation from a team of students at Centaurus High School who were selected as one of three winners to send a student project to the ISS. 

Then, Dr. Steve Lee talks about the latest news from Mars, the ISS, and the Cassini spacecraft.

Links to Steve's stories:

Opportunity Update
Curiosity Update
New Crater Found on Mars
HD Video Beamed from the ISS via Laser
Cassini's Ten Years at Saturn
Centaurus HS Space Station Project

60 Minutes in Space - May 2014
Runtime: 1:02:23

Dr. Steve Lee is back and ready to bring you up to speed on the latest mission news. He begins with an update on the Mars rovers - Opportunity and Curiosity. Curiosity passed its 5000 kilometer mark in mid-February.

Next, he talks about the shift of crews aboard the International Space Station. Three member of Expedition 39 returned to Earth on May 13th. On May 20th, the next increment of Expedition 40 launched to the station and the docking was covered live during the 60 Minutes in Space presentation.

Finally, he looks at the launch and return of SpaceX's CRS-3 mission delivering supplies to the ISS.

Links to Steve's stories:

Opportunity updates
Curiosity updates
Expedition 39 Soyuz landing
Expedition 40 launch
SpaceX Dragon CRS-3 mission
ISS Research Programs
ISS Benefits for Humanity
Commercial Crew Program Overview

60 Minutes in Space - April 2014
Runtime: 01:11:22

It's a one scientist show this month with Dr. Dimitri Klebe bringing us news from across the Universe.

He continues last month's discussion by Dr. Yu on the recent detection of gravity waves.

He then talks about astronomical imaging techniques used by scientist processing data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Hubble Space Telescope.

He wraps up by reporting on the recent announcement of the Kepler Telescope discovery of the first confirmed planet of Earth-size in a habitable zone around a distant star.

Links to Dimitri's stories:
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
More on Cosmic Inflation
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
The Hubble Heritage Project
Kepler's discovery of Earth sized planet in habitable zone

60 Minutes in Space - March 2014
Runtime: 1:26:39

Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about the earliest rock ever found on Earth, the discovery of a planet around a brown dwarf star, and the study of galaxies in the vicinity of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Dr. KaChun Yu reports on the recent announcement of the detection of Gravitational Waves!

Links to Dimitri's stories:
Oldest Earth Rock
Brown Dwarf Planet
Council of Giants galaxies

Links to KaChun's stories:
First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation
Proof of Inflationary Universe to be Announced Today

60 Minutes in Space - February 2014
Runtime: 1:31:11

It's a deep space bonanza this month!

Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about two extraordinary  images released by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory-the first of Centaurus A and the second of a runaway pulsar - and what scientists are learning from them. He also tells us how scientists measured the rotation of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Dr. KaChun Yu talks about the European Space Agency's GAIA mission to create the largest, most precise three-dimensional map of our galaxy. In his second story, he covers the results of a study on the evolution of galaxies using the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image.

Links to Dimitri's stories:
Centaurus A: A New Look at an Old Friend
Runaway Pulsar Firing an Extraordinary Jet
Measuring the rotation of the LMC galaxy

Links to Kachun's stories:
GAIA Mission
GAIA calibration image
Evolution of spiral galaxies
The Onset of Spiral Structure in the Universe

60 Minutes in Space - January 2014
Runtime: 1:33:54

In early January, Dr. Dimitri Klebe, attended the 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society. In this month's 60 Minutes in Space, he reports on one of his favorite talks from the meeting titled "Exploring the Stellar Graveyard of the Milky Way.

Dr. KaChun Yu's first story covers the Frontier Fields program "Exploring the Depths of the Universe". In his second story, he talks about the latest Kepler mission team results.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us all the latest mission news including updates on both Mars rovers - Opportunity and Curiosity, China's lunar landing mission Chang'e 3, and the next steps for the ISS Robonaut.

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60 Minutes in Space - October 2013
Runtime: 1:32:07

Dr. Dimitri Klebe travels into deep space to discuss two recent Hubble Space Telescope surveys - the CANDELS survey (Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey) and the Frontiers Fields survey. He also talks about Comet ISON's travels and shows a cool video of a recent Coronal Mass Ejection captured by the Solar Dynamic Observatory.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us up to date on the latest mission news - Opportunity rover, Curiosity rover, the upcoming MAVEN launch, and the latest in commercial spaceflight news.

Links to Dimitri's stories:
CANDELS

Frontier Fields Survey
Comet ISON paper model
Coronal Mass Ejection

Links to Steve's stories:
Opportunity Updates
Curiosity Updates
MAVEN Updates
ISS Updates
Cygnus Updates
Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser Updates
Space X Grasshopper/ Falcon 9 Updates

60 Minutes in Space - September 2013
Runtime: 1:12:15

Resident deep space expert, Dr. Dimitri Klebe, sticks closer to home talking about several solar system missions - LADEE, Voyager, and IBEX.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us up to date on the latest mission news - Opportunity rover, Curiosity rover, the ISS crew change out, and the recent launch of the Cygnus cargo carrier to the International Space Station.

Links to Dimitri's stories:
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)

Voyager mission
Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)

Links to Steve's stories:
Curiosity Updates
ISS Crew
Cygnus Cargo Carrier

60 Minutes in Space - August 2013
Runtime: 1:33:28

Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about the origin of modern galaxies and the Cosmography of our Local Universe.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us up to date on the latest mission news - status of the Mars rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, observing comet ISON from Mars with MRO, NASA's proposed Asteroid Redirect mission, the latest on Dreamchaser, and the recent launch of ULA's Delta IV-Heavy Rocket.

Links to Dimitri's stories:
Origin of Modern Galaxies

Cosmography of our Local Universe

Links to Steve's stories:
Opportunity updates
Curiosity views Phobos & Deimos transit
Curiosity's first use of autonomous navigation
Observation of Comet ISON from Mars
NASA's proposed Asteroid Redirect mission
Dream Chaser taxi tests
Dream Chaser captive carry test
Delta IV-Heavy launch, 8/28/13

60 Minutes in Space - July 2013
Runtime: 1:19:16

All mission news, all the time! Dr. Steve Lee brings us up to date on the latest Mars news- status of the Mars rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, the upcoming launch of the Mars Atmospheric and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, and the future of Mars exploration with the Mars 2020 rover. Next, Steve talks about the recent aborted ISS spacewalk due to water leaking into astronaut Luca Parmitano's spacesuit and the resulting NASA investigation. He'll also cover the results of the Orion spacecraft's parachute drop test, the latest developments from SpaceX, and the recent Russian Proton rocket explosion.

Links related to Steve's stories:
Opportunity Update

Curiosity Update

MAVEN Update

Mars 2020 Mission Plans

Earth Viewed from Mercury and Saturn

Water Leak Terminates Spacewalk on ISS

Orion Parachute Test

SpaceX Tests Grasshopper

Shuttle Atlantis Display Opens at KSC

60 Minutes in Space - June 2013
Runtime: 1:13:37

Special guest speaker, Dr. Don Hassler, brings us up to date on the latest results from the RAD instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory. Dr. Hassler is Science Program Director at the Southwest Research Institute and Principal Investigator for the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) onboard MSL. RAD measures and identifies all high-energy radiation on the Martian surface - measurements that are crucial for understanding of future astronaut safety and possible evolution of life on Mars.

Dr. Steve Lee talks about China's latest human spaceflight mission andthe latest on the Mars rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity.

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60 Minutes in Space - May 2013
Runtime: 1:26:39

Dr. KaChun Yu talks all about exoplanets - the status of the Kepler mission and its most recent discoveries, scientists' research on the mapping of temperature and weather on exoplanets.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us the latest on Opportunity and Curiosity rovers and the recent ISS Expedition launch.

Links related to KaChun's stories:
Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f, Kepler-69c

Exoplanet Temperature and Weather Maps
 

Links related to Steve's stories:
Opportunity Updates

Curiosity Updates

Curiosity gigapixel "interactive panorama"

ISS Crew Updates

60 Minutes in Space - April 2013
Runtime: 1:25:44

Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks all about dark matter. He covers three recent stories -  the Plank mission's release of the first all-sky image of the distribution of dark matter, potential evidence of dark matter seen by the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer onboard the ISS,  and the first hint of a WIMP-like signal.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us up-to-date on the latest mission news. Hear how the solar conjunction is affecting spacecraft at Mars, the potential for a Mars comet strike in 2014, the Antares test launch, and the latest on NASA's proposed asteroid retrieval mission.

Links related to Dimitri's stories:
Plank

AMS

Possible Dark Matter WIMP detection

Links related to Steve's Stories:
Mars Solar Conjunction

Mars Comet Strike 2014

Antares Test Launch

Asteroid Retrieval Mission

60 Minutes in Space - March 2013
Runtime: 1:37:06

Dr. Ka Chun Yu talks about space weather and the Earth's magnetosphere, the Voyager spacecraft at the edge of interstellar space, and the Milky Way galaxy in multiple wavelengths.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us up-to-date on the latest mission news. Find out what's happening on Mars with Opportunity and Curiosity, watch the launch and berthing of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, and see the launch of an Atlas V rocket.

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60 Minutes in Space - February 2013

Dr. Dimitri Klebe covers two recent asteroid events - the flyby of 2012 DA14 and the bolide that exploded over eastern Russian.

Dr. Ka Chun Yu talks about the recent discovery of the smallest exoplanet yet by the Kepler spacecraft.

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60 Minutes in Space - January 2013

Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about his recent trip to the AAS Conference and the lectures he attended on exoplanets and the Kepler mission.

Dr. Steve Lee provides updates on the MER and MSL missions along with the latest on what's happening in NASA's human spaceflight program.

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60 Minutes in Space - November 2012

Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about Today's Cosmology and Dark Energy.

Dr. Steve Lee provides updates on the MER and MSL missions. He also talks about his trip to the Baikonur Cosmodrome to watch the launch of the Expedition 33 crew to the International Space Station.

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60 Minutes in Space - September 2012

Dr. Dimitri Klebe discusses the recent launch of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes as well as the Dark Energy Survey.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us up to date on several current missions including the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, the Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover, and the Dawn spacecraft's departure from the asteroid Vesta

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60 Minutes in Space - July 2012

Dr. Dimitri Klebe discusses the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson and Dr. Steve Lee covers the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory landing (recorded July 25).

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60 Minutes in Space - June 2012

This month we have guest speaker Don Hassler, Science Program Director at the Southwest Research Institute, and Principal Investigator of the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD). RAD is en route to Mars as part of the Mars Science Laboratory. RAD will make the first measurements of high energy radiation on the surface of Mars - measurements that are crucial for understanding of future astronaut safety and possible evolution of life on Mars.

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60 Minutes in Space - May 2012

Dr. Steve Lee brings you updates on several current and future missions including MER Opportunity and MSL Curiosity updates, the SpaceX COTS Demo 2 mission, Orbital Science's first COTS mission, and Sierra Nevada's captive-carry test of its Dreamchaser spacecraft.

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60 Minutes in Space - April 2012

Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and the Dark Energy Universe Simulation Project.

Dr. David Grinspoon discusses the Intense Asteroid Bombardments on the Early Earth.

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60 Minutes in Space - March 2012

Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about Earth's magnetic field and the recent solar activity, and the upcoming NuSTAR mission.

Dr. KaChun Yu talks about the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.

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60 Minutes in Space - February 2012

In this Leap Year edition of 60 Minutes in Space, Dr. KaChun Yu covers "What is a Leap Year?", Galaxy Clusters and Gravitational Lensing, and the recent announcement by the Mearth Project about the extrasolar planet, Gliese 1214.

Dr. Steve Lee brings us up to date on the latest mission news including the MUOS-1 launch, MER Opportunity update, Mars Science Labe update, and the Dawn mission update.

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60 Minutes in Space - January 2012

Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy and the Event Horizon telescope that will attempt to observe the immediate environment around this black hole.

Dr. David Grinspoon relays what he learned after attending the Exoclimes 2012 Conference. Among the topics are Exoplanet Atmospheres and the Habitable Zone.

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60 Minutes in Space - November 2011

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60 Minutes in Space - September 2011

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60 Minutes in Space - August 2011

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