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Terranauts

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When most people think about space they think of astronauts, names like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Chris Hadfield are familiar to an awful lot of people. But for every astronaut that makes it to space there are legions of smart, dedicated, and interesting people who plan, design, build and ope… read more

63 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

A New Era For NASA

May 19th, 2022

32:01

In which we finally get NASA astronauts back to orbit - despite Mother Nature's best efforts to the controversy and in which we discuss blackouts, Broadway musicals, and beef (of the corned variety) and how all of these …

The Next Generation

May 5th, 2022

39:13

Today we are talking to a couple of Terranauts from The Next Generation. Laura Bradbury and Frederic Fortier both work for GHGSat, a Canadian company that is doing big things to combat climate change with small …

The Pointy End

April 14th, 2022

32:10

With the successful launch of the Gemini I, the Titan Gemini Launch Vehicle was fully checked out and ready for flight operations. So, it's time to …

The Human Connection

March 31st, 2022

29:36

In this episode of Terranauts we take a bit of break from talking about the development of the technology for the Gemini Program and go back and take …

Gemini Gets Off The Ground

March 17th, 2022

30:12

At long last, we finally get the Gemini program into orbit. With just a few minor detours along the way...

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Spacecraft - A Time Of Testing

March 3rd, 2022

32:52

In this episode we take some time to look at just what it takes to get a spacecraft from the factory floor to the launch pad. And, in case it wasn't obvious from the title of the episode - the answer is that it takes a …

Gliding To A Stop

February 17th, 2022

33:40

Today on Terranauts we are back to talking about the history of human spaceflight and we finally get project Gemini out of the starting gate. When we left the project it was off to a "fast, clean start" under project …

We Remember With Helene and Chris Hadfield

February 3rd, 2022

42:42

Last Thursday on 27 January, 2022 NASA marked its Day of Remembrance. A time that is set aside to remember those astronauts who died in the line of duty.


On this episode of the podcast I talk with Helene and Chris …

Good Fast Or Cheap

January 20th, 2022

29:50

In today's episode we are going to pick up the story of project Gemini as it makes the transition from an engineering study to a full up space …

Technological Imperatives

January 6th, 2022

27:06

In the last episode of Terranauts we talked about the origin of the Gemini Project. It basically started because some Project Mercury engineers …

Enter The Twins

December 9th, 2021

29:48

In this episode of Terranauts we return to the historical narrative of humanity's journey off the planet.


We are going to wind the clock back to September, 1962 when John F. Kennedy made his famous "we choose to go to …

Just Call Me Robo - Part 2

November 25th, 2021

31:38

In this episode I continue my conversation with three Terranauts who have all worked in Mission Control of the International Space Station as …

Just Call Me Robo - Part 1

November 11th, 2021

27:34

In this episode we continue our series on the evolution of Mission Control. Last time, I talked about my experience walking into Mission Control in …

A Moment in Time

October 28th, 2021

32:51

In this episode of Terranauts we explore the world of NASA's Mission Control Centre as it was in 1995. At that time, Mission Control was still being …

From Flight Test to Mission Control

October 14th, 2021

27:47

Welcome back to season 3 of Terranauts. Today's episode is the first in a series of episodes looking at how the advent of the International Space …

Season 3 Update

September 30th, 2021

1:05

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Best of Season 2 - Sarah Gallagher Thinks Big

August 20th, 2021

29:41

Season 2 has come to close and until Season 3 starts in September were playing some of our most popular episodes from the past year. 

Meet Terranaut …

Best of Season 2 - Chris Hadfield and Iain Christie on NASA's Day Of Remembrance

July 23rd, 2021

31:51

Season 2 has come to close and until Season 3 starts in September were playing some of our most popular episodes from the past year. First up is …

Season Two Recap and Season Three Preview

July 8th, 2021

9:29

Season 2 of Terranauts is a wrap!  In this, the 40th episode, we take a quick look back at our second season and look forward to Season 3.  While we won't be releasing new episodes over the summer, we will be keeping …

The Flag is A One - Part 2

June 24th, 2021

28:12

In part 2 of "The Flag Is A One" we pick up the story of the Communications Technology Satellite just as a perplexing and potentially mission ending …

The Flag is A One

June 10th, 2021

31:05

In this episode of Terranauts we talk about a little known moment of high drama in the Canadian space program surrounding the crucial Communications …

Punctuating The Equilibrium

May 27th, 2021

33:44

There are times in the development of technology and society when things change only slowly. And then there are times when things change rapidly …

35 Years of Space Robotics with Cameron Ower

May 13th, 2021

40:40

Dr. Cameron Ower is the Chief Technology Officer at McDonald Dettwiler and Associates where he has been working for much of the last 35 years. When …

Connecting the World by Leaving the Planet

April 29th, 2021

29:48

In this episode of Terranauts we talk about the beginnings of the other great endeavour in space. Instead of talking about leaving the planet to explore space, we're going to talk about the early efforts to work from …

David Kendall is the Quintessential Terranaut (Part 2)

April 15th, 2021

25:25

Today on Terranauts the second part of my conversation with the Quintessential Terranaut Dave Kendall.  We talk about Dave's career managing increasingly larger and more international programs until he ended up as the …

David Kendall is the quintessential Terranaut

April 1st, 2021

25:07

This week on Terranauts we're taking a break from our regular run of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet to bring you a fascinating interview …

Project Mercury Opens a New Door for Humanity

March 18th, 2021

27:03

Having completed a "textbook" mission with Wally Schirra's flight, it was now time to go for a full day on orbit with the flight of Mercury-Atlas 9 …

Project Mercury Stretches Its Legs

March 4th, 2021

31:22

If you can do something three times, doing it three more times doesn't sound like it should be that hard.  Unless, of course, you're talking about …

Project Mercury Comes of Age

February 18th, 2021

23:19

In this episode we return to the story of Project Mercury. Having managed to achieve its original object of getting and American into orbit, Project Mercury, life was now changing as NASA's manned space activities …

Chris Hadfield and Iain Christie on NASA's Day Of Remembrance

February 4th, 2021

31:51

Last week, on 28 January, NASA marked its Day Of Remembrance. It was a day set aside to honour the sacrifices of all astronauts who have died in the pursuit of the human exploration of space. In this episode of …

Themistocles and Kennedy - The Power of the Big Idea

January 21st, 2021

29:22

The need to do big things is a basic human urge.  The need to do them together is an even more basic one.  Going to space satisfies both those urges in fundamental and sometimes profound ways. But human beings have been …

Mercury Atlas 6 - John Glenn Makes American History

January 7th, 2021

28:18

When we left Project Mercury they had finally managed to have a successful orbital flight.  All of the technologies, techniques and procedures had …

Project Mercury Gets Around

December 10th, 2020

26:54

This week's installment of The Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet is called "Project Mercury Gets Around."  When we left the Mercury Flight …

Getting NASA's Project Mercury off the Ground

November 26th, 2020

31:51

In this episode of a Terranauts Guide to Leaving The Planet, we return to the story of First Terranaut Gene Kranz and the early days of NASA's Mercury Project which was supposed to get the first American into space. As …

Avoiding Another Titanic - Des Power on Tracking Icebergs from Space

November 12th, 2020

35:32

If you were going to spend some time on board a drilling rig in the North Atlantic, in the foggiest place on the planet where icebergs are common, …

Flight Director Gene Kranz

October 29th, 2020

25:05

Today we have another instalment of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet. The guide is our exploration of spaceflight, the challenges that have been overcome in getting there, and the people who overcame them. …

Sarah Gallagher Thinks Big

October 15th, 2020

29:41

Meet Terranaut Sarah Gallagher, Science Advisor to the President of the Canadian Space Agency, professor at Western University in London, Ontario, …

Wernher von Braun - The First Terranaut

October 1st, 2020

30:00

In the latest instalment of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet, Iain talks about the first Terranauts. In this multi-episode track, Iain …

Designing a Space Station and Other Stories

September 17th, 2020

31:20

Welcome to the Terranauts first episode of Season 2. On this episode we talk to long time  Terranaut Colleen Merchant who worked on the international …

Best of - Apollo 13 and Stan Rogers in Tales From Mission Control

September 3rd, 2020

24:40

As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts"  episodes. This is our Summer Series Best of episode …

Best of - Tales from Mission Control

August 20th, 2020

17:56

As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts"  episodes. This is our Summer Series Best of episode …

Best of - Launch Day

August 6th, 2020

23:33

As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts"  episodes. This is our Summer Series Best of episode 2, Launch Day. Launch Day is a quintessentially Terranaut experience, …

Best of - The Original Terranaut Story

July 23rd, 2020

12:33

As we pause before starting season 2 in September, we're playing remastered "Best of Terranauts" episodes for the next three weeks. This week, host Iain Christie, recounts the story of when he realized what it meant to …

Season One Recap and Season Two Preview

July 9th, 2020

20:00

It's hard to believe that we've come to an end of Season 1. Iain shares his thoughts including what he learned from his guests and in creating a podcast for the first time. He then provides a glimpse into Season 2 which …

Rocket Science Part 2

June 25th, 2020

32:50

In this episode of Terranauts, Iain Christie discusses the history of rocket science as part of a new series, a Terranauts guide to leaving the planet.

Since the new series is about leaving the planet it only makes sense …

This Terranaut would have worked for free

June 11th, 2020

28:34

His love for space was so strong that he joked that when he was interviewed to be one of the first people at a new space organization, that he was …

Rocket Science

May 28th, 2020

26:00

In this episode of Terranauts, Iain Christie discusses the history of rocket science as part of a new series, a Terranauts guide to leaving the planet.

Since the new series is about leaving the planet it only makes sense …

Footsteps on the path to the Moon and Mars

May 14th, 2020

26:02

Dr. David Williams is both a Terranaut and astronaut.  He's been a pioneer at bringing medicine to space, helped construct the International Space …

The Clandestine Terranaut

April 30th, 2020

34:01

What is a Clandestine Terranaut? If you’re opening up New Space markets, albeit in the failing Soviet Union, and then Russia, and different parts of the US government either support you or don’t, how do you classify …

Apollo 13 and Stan Rogers in Tales From Mission Control

April 16th, 2020

26:59

The latest Terranauts podcast happens to be the 13th episode and it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission. So naturally Iain …

Terranauts Tales from Mission Control

April 2nd, 2020

18:29

In this weeks Terranauts podcast, host Iain Christie takes you on a journey through Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control Center during the 90’s …

The RADARSAT program and Synthetic Aperture Radar

March 19th, 2020

27:30

On the podcast we have talked to Terranauts who have been in on the early days of big programs and we have talked to Terranauts that are bringing new …

Two unlikely Terranauts

March 5th, 2020

32:10

Cerys Goodall and Hugh Scholey are two pretty unlikely Terranauts. As two public relations professionals the last thing they ever thought they would …

Meet Terranaut Michael Lyon a Space Adventurer and New Space Lawyer

February 20th, 2020

22:02

Michael Lyon had a passion for space and when the opportunity to join Space Adventures came a long it was the beginning of several New Space …

Ewan Reid: From Shuttle and Space Station Support to Creating Mission Control Space Services

February 6th, 2020

32:12

What started as an internship, and could have been a very short career, instead led Ewan Reid to creating his own startup, Mission Control Space …

Teaching and Training the Next Generation of Space Explorers

January 23rd, 2020

23:25

In this episode of Terranauts we feature Dr. Gordon Osinski, a professor at Western University and the director of the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration. Dr. Gordon Osinski is teaching the next generation of …

International Terranaut Daniel Schulten

January 9th, 2020

33:15

Happy New Year and welcome to another episode of Terranauts where we interview people that go to space all the time, without ever leaving the …

The Original Terranaut Story

December 12th, 2019

12:54

This week, host Iain Christie, recounts the story of when he realized what it meant to be what he now calls a Terranaut.

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Launch Day

November 28th, 2019

23:48

Today we’ve got something special for you. Iain Christie, the host of Terranauts, was the Gala speaker at the recent Canadian Space Summit. His talk was titled, Launch Day. This is the live recording of that speech. As …

Chris Hadfield - An Astronaut on Terranauts

November 14th, 2019

34:54

This week on the Terranauts podcast we have a very special guest, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Hadfield, as a former astronaut, provides his perspective on Terranauts and as you'll hear, now that he's a retired …

Bill Mackey an Original Canadian Space Station Flight Controller

October 31st, 2019

32:45

In the last episode we had a bit of history lesson from Mac Evans about the beginnings of Canada's current space program.  We talked about the creation of the Canadian Space Agency and the negotiation of the …

Mac Evans and Building a National Space Program

October 17th, 2019

27:43

Last week on the Terranauts podcast we talked about what it takes to build your own satellite.  This week we think a little bigger and talk about what it takes to build a space program. Our guest this week is Mac Evans, …

Terranauts Inaugural Podcast with Stephane Germain

October 3rd, 2019

25:03

When most people think about space they think of astronauts, names like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Chris Hadfield are familiar to an awful lot …

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