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Supercluster is here to tell humanity’s greatest outer space stories. We’re exploring the amazing milestones that changed space history, the wildest ideas that drive our future, and every development in this new Golden Age of Space.
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Picard and the Next Next Generation
Robin and Chris hop on the phone with fellow Trekkie and Supercluster contributor Swapna Krishna to geek out over the Picard season finale.
21:38
April 7, 2020
Can You Help Us Study Galaxies?
April is Citizen Science month, and to celebrate we are joined by spiral galaxy expert Dr. Patrick Treuthardt, Assistant Head, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. We chat about the mind-blowing mysteries surrounding the formation of galaxies, the work Patrick and his team are doing, and how everyone can contribute to the exciting research.
24:39
March 31, 2020
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / MARCH 24, 2020
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Robin and Chris are back with updates on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting NASA centers around the country, and how the space industry is proceeding with upcoming critical missions.
20:30
March 24, 2020
Space & Isolation
Robin and Chris discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the space program and missions launching from around the world. We also preview SpaceX's attempt to launch new Starlink satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center this week.
23:53
March 17, 2020
Space and Its Endless Possibility
Robin and Jamie are joined by space industry leader, angel investor, and CEO of Voyager Space Holdings Dylan Taylor at Supercluster headquarters in New York City for a wide-ranging discussion on the current state of the space race and what seems to be a coming renaissance in Earth's orbit.
45:08
March 3, 2020
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / COMMERCIAL CREW SPECIAL
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Robin and Chris take a closer look at NASA's Commercial Crew program, discussing both the controversy surrounding Boeing's failed flight test and how a new hire at SpaceX could impact the company's human spaceflight ambitions.
44:28
February 14, 2020
Learning to Love and Fear Asteroids
Supercluster contributor and VICE Motherboard reporter Samantha Cole drops in to chat about her recent feature on the impact (pun intended) of '90s space disaster movies on the efforts to protect Earth from Michael Bay-level destruction. 
25:02
February 11, 2020
Human Spaceflight Defines the Year Ahead
Fresh off of SpaceX's successful Crew Dragon emergency escape test, Robin Seemangal is joined by Reuters reporter Joey Roulette and Cosmic Perspective founders Ryan Chylinski & MaryLiz Bender to discuss the busy year ahead and how human spaceflight will transform the Space Coast in 2020.
52:04
January 27, 2020
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / JANUARY 17, 2020
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Chris and Robin visit Boeing's space-scarred Starliner spacecraft after its return from the controversial Orbital Flight Test. And a preview of SpaceX's next commercial crew mission: the In-Flight Abort test being performed this weekend.
28:25
January 17, 2020
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / JANUARY 15, 2020
On the first Last Week in Space of 2020, Robin and Chris are at Cape Canaveral following the first launch of the year: SpaceX's new batch of Starlink satellites. Join us for a discussion on how this emerging broadband market could impact the lives of everyday people, and if a profit can be turned on this project to finance SpaceX's larger Mars ambitions.
39:58
January 15, 2020
The Red Carpet to Space Exploration
Robin Seemangal is joined by Supercluster contributor Sage Lazzaro to chat about the new celebrity obsession with space exploration and how non-traditional media sources like YouTube are creating new space fans.
31:40
January 10, 2020
The Business of Space
On a special edition of the Supercluster podcast, we are joined by CNBC space reporter Michael Sheetz to discuss a breakthrough year for the commercial spaceflight industry, the emerging space tourism economy, and how investors are navigating what will soon be a billion-dollar small satellite market.
53:20
December 17, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / DECEMBER 9, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Robin Seemangal and Chris Gebhardt discuss the epic launch of the SpaceX CRS-19 Dragon to the space station and a round of international missions that immediately followed.
26:24
December 9, 2019
Handshake in Space: The Apollo Soyuz Test Project
On a special episode of our podcast, Supercluster's own Jamie Carreiro is joined by team members and fellow space fans Amanda Burtnett and Tristan Dubin to explore the amazing story of the Apollo Soyuz Test Project, the first time the USA and Soviet Union worked together on a mission in outer space. This episode features the songs "Lobby Time" and "Oppressive Gloom" written and performed by Kevin MacLeod, as well as “Gymnopedie” composed by Erik Satie and “Clair de Lune” composed by Claude Debussy, both of which are in the public domain, also performed by Kevin MacLeod. (https://incompetech.com/music/) Used under Creative Commons license:  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
39:50
December 2, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / NOVEMBER 25, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal and Chris Gebhardt discuss an alarming report on NASA's human spaceflight strategy, and unpack the Starship explosion in Boca Chica, Texas.
22:10
November 25, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / NOVEMBER 18, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal and Chris Gebhardt look to space on screen, for a discussion on the new Apple TV+ series  'For All  Mankind,' and the role space plays in TV's most popular shows.
33:50
November 18, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / NOVEMBER 11, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week, Robin Seemangal is joined by Teslarati's new space reporter, Jamie Groh, to discuss the end of year rush at Cape Canaveral as both SpaceX and Boeing race to keep up with human spaceflight schedules. SpaceX also ends the U.S. launch drought with its latest Starlink mission.
20:13
November 11, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / NOVEMBER 4, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal and Chris Gebhardt unpack fresh updates on NASA's Commercial Crew program, and discuss the plans being drawn up to return humans to the lunar surface by 2024.
34:45
November 4, 2019
Getting Real About Exoplanets
Robin Seemangal is joined by Colombia University PhD candidate and Exoplanet guru Moiya McTier for a conversation on the search for habitable worlds, and of course, the aliens that may occupy them.
30:12
October 29, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / OCTOBER 21, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal is joined by contributor and photographer Joey Roulette to discuss the upcoming events and announcements at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington, DC.
22:20
October 21, 2019
Life of a Rocket Chaser
Famed spaceflight photographer John Kraus joins Supercluster's Robin Seemangal for a candid discussion on the art and process of shooting the gravity-defying rocket launches now happening more and more frequently on Florida's Space Coast.
51:27
October 11, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / BOCA CHICA SPECIAL
Every week, the Supercluster Podcast brings you the biggest stories from space exploration. On this special edition of Last Week in Space, Supercluster joins SpaceX and Elon Musk down in Boca Chica, Texas as they unveil the massive Starship prototype, the vehicle that could one day take humans to Mars. CNN space reporter Jackie Wattles joins Supercluster's Robin Seemangal and contributor Chris Gebhardt to unpack the surreal event.
54:38
October 2, 2019
Starship Preview Special
Robin Seemangal is joined by CNN spaceflight reporter Jackie Wattles to talk Elon Musk's Mars ambitions, rapid Starship development, and what to expect from a major SpaceX update Musk will provide to reporters this Saturday night.
33:27
September 27, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal is joined by our contributor and launch expert Chris Gebhardt to discuss updates on the lost Indian Vikram lunar lander, the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian making landfall near Kennedy Space Center, and Iridium's newly awarded DOD contract.
31:15
September 24, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal is joined by contributor and WIRED space reporter Daniel Oberhaus to discuss the immediate aftermath of the apparent crash of India’s Vikram lander on the lunar surface. Will India’s Chandrayaan-2 moon mission still be a success without its lander and lunar rover?
19:18
September 9, 2019
How Star Trek Predicts Our Future
Robin Seemangal is joined by fellow Trekkies and seasoned spaceflight journalists Swapna Krishna and Chris Gebhardt,  who have extensive experience with both real-life and fictional space travel. Tune in for a discussion on the mythology of Star Trek, its impact on human space exploration, and what will one day become human life in space. We take a look at the predictions Star Trek films & television shows have made about society and technology, and explore the fun connections between the fictional universe and real life space exploration.
1:03:11
September 6, 2019
Water Bears Might Now Occupy the Moon
Robin Seemangal is joined by Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED space reporter and author of the forthcoming book Extraterrestrial Languages (MIT Press). They dive into the recent discovery that Tardigrades―tiny but extremely tough creatures―were snuck aboard the Beresheet Israeli lunar lander and may have survived their crash landing on the moon.
21:16
August 27, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / AUGUST 26, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration.  This week: Supercluster's Robin Seemangal is joined by contributor and launch expert Chris Gebhardt and spaceflight photographer John Kraus. They share their experience just a few hours after witnessing the retirement launch of the powerful Delta IV Medium rocket from Florida's space coast. We also discuss Skybot-F850, the Russian-built humanoid robot sent to the space station last week, who definitely does not resemble Chappie.
28:56
August 26, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / AUGUST 9, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Supercluster's Robin Seemangal is down at Cape Canaveral with contributor and launch expert Chris Gebhardt to recap a busy week of rocket launches both on Florida space coast and around the world. Competitors SpaceX and ULA launched critical missions days (and a few miles) apart against notoriously uncooperative Florida weather.
35:13
August 12, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / AUGUST 2, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Supercluster's Robin Seemangal is joined by our contributor and launch expert Chris Gebhardt to discuss the rapid progress SpaceX is making to manufacture their Mars-bound Starship spacecraft both in Boca Chica, Texas (where they recently test-fired a prototype) and Cape Canaveral, Florida. The developments raise a question: Will SpaceX make it to the moon before NASA does?
44:22
August 6, 2019
The Cape Canaveral Startup Revolutionizing Rocketry
Robin Seemangal is joined by Kineo Wallace, lead engineer at Rocket Crafters. Supercluster paid a visit to the mysterious company at Cape Canaveral and witnessed first-hand tests of their technology, how they triage operational failure under pressure, and how a scrappy team of thinkers and innovators is working to build the future.
57:55
August 5, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / APOLLO 50TH SPECIAL
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Our Chief of Content Robin Seemangal is joined by Supercluster contributor and launch expert Chris Gebhardt to discuss the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 launch and moon landing. They discuss where the original surviving crew members stand on the debate between returning humans to the moon or going straight to Mars, India’s timely launch to land a rover on the lunar surface, and what SpaceX has been brewing up for their own crewed missions to deep space.  Also on this edition of Last Week in Space, Elon Musk hosted the annual Hyperloop competition at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, where college engineering teams from around the world compete to build and test the fastest pod. Spaceflight photographer Tom Cross was on-location for Supercluster and you can check out his photos below.
33:08
July 24, 2019
Why Everyone is Talking About UFOs
Robin Seemangal is joined by WIRED space reporter & Supercluster contributor Daniel Oberhaus. Robin and Daniel are among the few space journalists who have attempted to investigate the UFO phenomenon over the years, crossing paths with concerned Apollo astronauts, the Clinton '16 campaign, and eventually each other. Are UFOs just masked superpower-built technology or visitors from beyond our Solar System? Robin and Daniel seem to be at odds.
40:45
July 15, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / JULY 12, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories from space exploration. This week: Our Chief of Content Robin Seemangal is joined by Supercluster contributor and launch expert Chris Gebhardt to unpack recent developments in the space industry, both good and bad. At home, NASA gets a huge leadership shakeup while internationally, Arianespace suffered a loss of its Vega rocket and payload during launch from French Guiana.
46:01
July 12, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / JULY 3, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories in space exploration. This week: Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal and Supercluster contributor Chris Gebhardt are at Cape Canaveral covering milestone developments occurring throughout the space industry. Last Tuesday, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy STP-2 mission successfully launched with much fanfare, and a week later, NASA performed a critical abort test on the Orion capsule in preparation for the new spacecraft's first passenger flight to the moon.
41:26
July 3, 2019
Falcon Heavy and the New Space Coast
On a special edition of The Supercluster Podcast, Robin Seemangal, travels down to Cape Canaveral, Florida to prepare for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy STP-2 launch. Space reporter and space coast native Emilee Speck hosts the Supercluster team at WKMG’s studio in Orlando for a discussion on the launch and the the second renaissance occurring at Cape Canaveral.
35:08
June 24, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / JUNE 14, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories in space exploration. This week: our Director of Content Robin Seemangal is joined by seasoned space photographers Tom Cross and Pauline Acalin who just visited SpaceX’s mysterious testing facility in Texas and the company's launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
22:31
June 14, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / JUNE 7, 2019
Every week Supercluster keeps you up to date on what just happened in space. This week: NASA provides an update on the effort to return human spaceflight to Cape Canaveral. Stratolaunch tested the world's largest plane, built to launch rockets, but will now shut its doors. Brad Pitt unveils tentpole space film 'Ad Astra' in which he'll star as a NASA astronaut bound for Neptune.
21:06
June 7, 2019
Blasting Our Dead Loved Ones to Space
Vice Motherboard reporter Samantha Cole joins Robin Seemangal to discuss a new emerging industry: Sending human remains to space. This podcast is a supplement to Samantha’s recent feature “When We Blast Our Dead Loved Ones to Space,” which explores these odd missions and the folks who sign up for space memorials.
13:56
May 30, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / MAY 24, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories in space. This week: SpaceX launches 60 of its experimental broadband satellites to orbit from Cape Canaveral. NASA continues its citizen engagement effort by allowing fans to send their names to the red planet aboard the Mars 2020 rover. Also, a new announcement from NASA sets a course for return to the moon.
18:41
May 24, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / MAY 17, 2019
Every week, Supercluster recaps the biggest stories in space. This week: SpaceX attempts to launch the first 60 of its experimental internet-broadcasting satellites. Also: The Trump administration called for NASA to return Americans to the moon and requested a controversial budget increase. For NASA and SpaceX, a critical question remains: how much funding is needed to expand our human footprint throughout the solar system?
20:42
May 17, 2019
LAST WEEK IN SPACE / MAY 10, 2019
Every week Supercluster keeps you up to date on what just happened in space. This week: Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos unveils a lunar lander to help NASA return to the moon. Elon Musk-founded SpaceX plans for its next Falcon Heavy launch and the first mission to place its space-based Starlink internet satellites in orbit.
24:12
May 10, 2019
Crew Dragon Anomaly
SpaceX, poised to launch NASA astronauts on their new Crew Dragon spacecraft this year, has suffered a catastrophic loss of the vehicle during a test at Cape Canaveral.
25:34
April 26, 2019
Falcon Heavy - The World's Most Powerful Rocket
Robin Seemangal (Supercluster), Daniel Oberhaus (Wired) and Jackie Wattles (CNN) talk SpaceX's first official payload on Falcon Heavy, Elon's Tesla launch last year, and what's next for the rocket company everyone's talking about.
29:02
April 4, 2019
Welcome to Supercluster
Supercluster is here to tell humanity’s greatest outer space stories. We’re exploring the amazing milestones that changed space history, the wildest ideas that drive our future, and every development in this new Golden Age of Space.
00:20
March 28, 2019