I Need My Space

24 EpisodesProduced by InverseWebsite

Outer space doesn’t have to be all uncharted territory and vast unknowns. This weekly show from Inverse, enlists the universe's greatest experts, explorers, and enthusiasts to answer the questions that are worth spacing out over.Hosted by video producer and resident star child, Steve Ward, each epi… read more

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The Moral Ambiguity of Sending Microbes to Space

September 11th, 2018


Dr. Bill Miller, an evolutionary biologist and expert on the emerging science of the microbiome, chats with Steve about the ramifications of sending …

The Intergalactic Travel Bureau

August 15th, 2018


The Intergalactic Travel Bureau

This week on 'I Need My Space' we talk to Jana Grcevich, Co-author of "Vacation Guide to the Solar System" about …

The Nose of NASA

August 7th, 2018


NASA “Nasalnaut” George Aldrich sits down with Steve to discuss the importance of smell in space.

Questions include: What does a NASA chemical specialist do? What is the process of conducting odor tests for NASA? Why …

Aloha From "Mars"

July 31st, 2018


Lynn Levy, host of Gimlet’s ‘The Habitat’, joins Steve and guest host Moiya McTier to talk about the true story of six strangers who were picked to …

The Astronaut Instagram Star

July 24th, 2018


Jennifer Levasseur, museum specialist at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, joins Steve to discuss photography in space, astronaut personal artifacts, and the history of space flight.

Questions Include: What …

We Stumbled on Jupiter's 12 New Moons

July 17th, 2018


Today, astronomers announced the discovery of 12 new moons around Jupiter. Inverse writer Matthew Phelan sat down with the Carnegie Institute’s Scott S. Sheppard who led the team that located the Jovian moons to tell us …

Curiosity: The Hardest Working Rover

July 10th, 2018


Author of "The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job" and planetary evangelist and senior editor at The Planetary Society, Emily Lakdawalla, joins Rae and Steve to discuss NASA’s Mars …

Beyond the Billionaire Space Cowboys

July 3rd, 2018


Rocket scientist and entrepreneur Natalya Bailey joins Steve to discuss the climate of NewSpace.

Questions Include: What is NewSpace? Who are the key players besides Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos? How is competition driving …

Correction: First Human on the Moon

June 26th, 2018


Retired NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison joins Rae to discuss how to diversify the space industry.

Questions Include: How does it feel to be an inspiration to women and girls everywhere? Is there a representation issue in …

How Do We Not Ruin Space Colonies?

June 19th, 2018


Rae and Steve are joined by Afrofuturist author Ytasha Womack to discuss the importance of centering humanity as we journey through space.

Question …

Leave Mars for the Martians

June 12th, 2018


Steve sits down with Vanderbilt astronomy professor David Weintraub to discuss the moral ethics surrounding humanity’s trip to Mars.

Question Include: …

NASA Digs Up Major Clues About Life on Mars

June 7th, 2018


There’s organic material on Mars! But just what does that mean? In this mini-episode, astronomer David Weintraub talks to Steve about the importance …

Big Dumb Space Questions

June 5th, 2018


Video game journalist Dan Ryckert joins Rae and Steve to dive into some of his big (and somewhat embarrassing) questions about space. They also chat about the intersection of gaming and space.

Questions Include: What’s …

Are Aliens Farting on Mars?

May 29th, 2018


Nuclear physicist and Vice on HBO correspondent Taylor Wilson joins Steve to discuss where we might find extraterrestrial life and how we’ll get there.

Questions include: Is humanity alone in the universe? Will finding …

A $15,000,000 Spacesuit

May 22nd, 2018


High fashion fabricator-turned-spacesuit designer Ted Southern joins Rae to explain the ins and outs of making aerospace safety garments.

Questions Include: What is going to be the first brand on Mars? How do spacesuits …

Cause of Death: Spaghettification

May 15th, 2018


Theoretical astrophysicist Katie Mack talks black holes, dark matter, and the end of the universe.

Questions Include: WTF is dark matter? Why is dark …

NASA's InSight Launch Live (Bonus)

May 10th, 2018


NASA launched an InSight Lander on a 7-month trek to Mars on Sunday, and luckily, I Need My Space correspondent Jeremy Bent was on the ground at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to hear the launch. In this bonus …

Space Ain’t the Wild Wild West

May 8th, 2018


Space Attorney Michael Listner joins Rae to discuss how law applies to the cosmos.

Questions Include: How does one become a space lawyer? How does space law apply to everyday people? Who does space belong to? Who will …

Let’s Not Contaminate Saturn

May 1st, 2018


Space journalist Swapna Krishna of Engadget, SyFy Fangrrls, & the Los Angeles Times joins Rae and Steve to answer questions about the spectacular …

Jupiter is the Bouncer of the Solar System

April 24th, 2018


Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty, of the American Museum of Natural History, joins Rae to answer questions about how and when humanity will find the next habitable world.

Questions Include: What is an exoplanet? What is a …

I Grew an Inch in Space

April 17th, 2018


Retired NASA astronaut, former NFL wide receiver, and avid dog lover, Leland Melvin joins Rae to talk about food, fitness, and fetch in space.

A Midnight Snack in Space

April 10th, 2018


Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger joins Rae to explain what it’s like to call space your home.

Questions Include:

What is it like to live in space? …

What Do Aliens Really Look Like?

April 3rd, 2018


Astrobiologist Seth Shostak of the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Institute (SETI) joins Rae and Steve to answer astronomical questions about life …

I Need My Space - Trailer

March 20th, 2018


Outer space doesn’t have to be all uncharted territory and vast unknowns. I Need My Space, a weekly show from Inverse, enlists experts, explorers, and enthusiasts to answer the questions that are worth spacing out over.

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