This is Rocket Science

This is Rocket Science

By Henry Manelski
Run by the Columbia Space Initiative and hosted by Henry Manelski and David Tibbits, "This is Rocket Science" explores all things space related. We hope you enjoy it.
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Episode #016: Terraforming Mars and the Challenges of Space Mining
In this episode we discuss what terraforming mars would look like and the difficulties of space mining. We also talk with the audience about the movie Ad Astra and the different Hollywood representations of the final frontier. We hope you enjoy the episode!
29:10
October 6, 2019
Episode #015: Interview with Chad Anderson, the CEO of Space Angels
In this episode, the first episode of Season 3, I ask Chad Anderson, the CEO of Space Angels, questions about investing in the space market, the defense industry, and Elon Musk. 
40:41
September 27, 2019
Episode #014: Behind the Scenes (Season 2 Finale!)
For our Season #2 Finale we wanted to give the listeners a chance to hear about the behind the scenes work we do to produce and publish our podcast (it was during finals and we just didn't want to write a script so we did this instead). We hope you enjoy the episode! 
10:52
June 7, 2019
Episode #013: The Black Hole Image and Questions from Prospective Students
Episode 13! In this episode we talk about the recently taken image of a black hole, Sagittarius A*, and take some questions from a group of prospective students visiting Columbia University. Hope you enjoy the episode!
28:51
May 25, 2019
Episode #012: the History of Space Exploration (Part 2)
In this episode we discuss the history of space exploration with a focus on the Apollo Program. We take some questions from the audience and look at some memes (as per usual). We hope you enjoy the episode!
39:48
April 17, 2019
Episode #011: Questions from Reddit and the History of Space Exploration
Episode 11! In this essay we take questions from reddit on antimatter and talk about the history of Space Exploration! Editing note: In lieu of the 1 kHz bleep tone (for foul language) we are using the line "Houston we have a problem."
29:22
April 5, 2019
Episode #010: Russia, SpaceX and Elon's Tweets
Episode 10! In this episode we discussed Russia's beef with SpaceX's new rocket engine, Elon's tweets and other miscellaneous space stuff. We hope you enjoy the episode!
31:12
March 8, 2019
Episode #009: From Interstellar to the Martian - Space in Science Fiction
Episode 9! In this episode we discuss the science behind some of our favorite movies: Interstellar, the Martian and Star Wars. We take a lot of audience questions and talk about memes (the usual). We hope you enjoy the episode!
32:53
February 17, 2019
Episode #008: Crazy Rocket Concepts and the Space Shuttle program (Season II Premiere)
Episode VIII! In this episode we talk about some of the craziest ideas in rocketry, discuss developments in the Chinese space program and the legacy of the Space Shuttle program. We hope you enjoy the episode. Editing note: We have replaced the 1 kHz tone (used for the suppression of foul language) with the line "Houston we have a problem." We think it's pretty hilarious.
32:03
February 1, 2019
Episode #007: Interview with Dr. David Helfand, Dark Energy and Dark Matter (Season Finale!)
Episode VII! In this episode, we talk about dark energy and dark matter with Dr. David Helfand. Dr. Helfand is a professor of Astronomy at Columbia University whose research interests include X-ray surveys and neutron stars. This is also our season finale! We hope you enjoy the episode.
59:13
December 16, 2018
Episode #006: Interview with Astronaut Mike Massimino!
Episode VI! In this episode, we were graced with the presence of former NASA Astronaut, Columbia Engineering Professor and living legend Dr. Mike Massimino. We had a fun conversation about how to become an astronaut, what life is like for an astronaut, and a little bit about the future of space exploration
25:45
December 4, 2018
Episode #005: Interview with Dr. David Kipping
Episode V! This episode features an interview with Dr. David Kipping. He is a leader in the field of exoplanet research and a professor of Astronomy at Columbia University. We start by introducing some terms and vocabulary related to his research and then get right in the interview. We hope you enjoy it!
32:38
November 27, 2018
Episode #004: Asteroids and Space Mining
Episode IV! In this episode we discuss Asteroids, Space mining and, of course, Elon Musk (praise be). We were happy to be joined by the biggest live audience to date. We hope you enjoy the episode! Music Attributions in chronological order - Chill Day by Lakey Inspired - Laidback by Fascinating Earthbound Objects
42:47
November 18, 2018
Episode #003: Simulation Theory and Gravitational Waves
In this episode we discuss a couple topics with the tendency to blow our minds: the concept of a simulation and gravitational waves. We hope you enjoy it. Music Attributions in chronological order - Chill Day by Lakey Inspired (https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day) - Laidback by Fascinating Earthbound Objects (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/fascinating_earthbound_objects/simultaneous_eon/fascinating_earthbound_objects-04-laidback)
33:02
November 13, 2018
Episode #002: Colonization, the Space Force and Black Holes
Episode II! In this episode we try discussing the colonization of space but the audience quickly gets us off track. There are bad puns and stale memes - we hope you enjoy it. Music Attributions in chronological order - Chill Day by Lakey Inspired (https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day) - Laidback by Fascinating Earthbound Objects (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/fascinating_earthbound_objects/simultaneous_eon/fascinating_earthbound_objects-04-laidback)
29:31
November 5, 2018
Episode #001: Megastructures and Alien Life
Episode I! Hopefully this podcast will not be a bitter disappointment, unlike another infamous and ill-fated Episode I. In this episode we discuss aliens, megastructures, space elevators and take some questions from our "live studio audience." 
27:47
October 21, 2018
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