This Week In Space podcast: Episode 51 —Bill Nye the Science Guy talks space!
On this episode of This Week in Space (opens in new tab), Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik geek out with Bill Nye the Science Guy and humanity’s future in space in our first-ever video episode.
When we think about science on TV, most of us think of Bill Nye (opens in new tab). Host of “Bill Nye: The Science Guy” in the 1990s and multiple shows since then, Bill is the CEO of The Planetary Society and star of the new “The End is Nye” on Peacock.
Join Rod and Tariq as they sit down with Bill to discuss his origins, talking science to the world, The Planetary Society’s Lightsail 2 project, and much more!
Also, this week: Newfound asteroid has 1-in-600 chance of hitting Earth in 2046, Japan’s new H-3 rocket fails, Relativity Space to launch a 3D-printed rocket, SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts splash down this week and the Artemis 2 astronaut crew to be unveiled on April 3!
Also, if you’re interested in The Planetary Society and its mission, you can find out how to join at the The Planetary Society website (opens in new tab). You can also download the Planetary Society app (opens in new tab) to find fellow space fans to explore the universe
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Space news of the week
- Newly discovered asteroid the size of a swimming pool has a 1-in-600 chance of colliding with Earth, NASA says (opens in new tab)
- Japan’s new H3 rocket fails on 1st test flight, advanced Earth observation satellite lost (opens in new tab)
- Relativity Space scrubs debut launch attempt of world’s 1st 3D-printed rocket after abort (opens in new tab)
- Watch SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts leave the space station March 11 after delay (opens in new tab)
- NASA to reveal Artemis 2 moon astronauts on April 3 (opens in new tab)
- Bill Nye (opens in new tab)
- The Planetary Society (opens in new tab)
- National GeographicOur Universe: Picture Atlas of Our Universe (opens in new tab)
- A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts (opens in new tab)
- The Mars Project (opens in new tab)
- Comm Check…: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia (opens in new tab)
- Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys (opens in new tab)
- Return to Earth (opens in new tab)
- Missions To The Moon (opens in new tab)
- Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her (opens in new tab)
- The Martian Chronicles (opens in new tab)
- Deepsix (opens in new tab)
- Lady Astronaut (3 book series) (opens in new tab)
- We All Died At Breakaway Station (opens in new tab)
- INHERIT THE STARS (opens in new tab)
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About This Week In Space
This Week in Space (opens in new tab) covers the new space age. Every Friday we take a deep dive into a fascinating topic. What’s happening with the new race to the moon and other planets? When will SpaceX really send people to Mars?
Join Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik from Space.com (opens in new tab) as they tackle those questions and more each week on Friday afternoons. You can subscribe today on your favorite podcatcher.
Rod Pyle (opens in new tab) is an author, journalist, television producer and Editor-in-Chief of Ad Astra magazine (opens in new tab). He has written 18 books (opens in new tab) on space history, exploration, and development, including Space 2.0, Innovation the NASA Way, Interplanetary Robots, Blueprint for a Battlestar, Amazing Stories of the Space Age, First On the Moon, and Destination Mars
In a previous life, Rod produced numerous documentaries and short films for The History Channel, Discovery Communications, and Disney. He also worked in visual effects on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Battlestar Galactica reboot, as well as various sci-fi TV pilots. His most recent TV credit was with the NatGeo documentary on Tom Wolfe’s iconic book The Right Stuff.
Responsible for Space.com’s editorial vision, Tariq Malik has been the Editor-in-Chief of Space.com since 2019 and has covered space news and science for 18 years. He joined the Space.com team in 2001, first as an intern and soon after as a full-time spaceflight reporter covering human spaceflight, exploration, astronomy and the night sky. He became Space.com’s managing editor in 2009. As on-air talent has presented space stories on CNN, Fox News, NPR and others.
Tariq is an Eagle Scout (yes, he earned the Space Exploration merit badge), a Space Camp veteran (4 times as a kid, once as an adult), and has taken the ultimate “vomit comet” ride while reporting on zero-gravity fires. Before joining Space.com, he served as a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering city and education beats. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.