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Houston We Have a Podcast

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The official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center, the home of human spaceflight, stationed in Houston, Texas. We bring space right to you!

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Apollo 1 Fire

0:00 | Feb 8th

Expert guests from the Apollo program reveal more behind the challenges faced to successfully land humans on the Moon in less than three years after the tragic Apollo 1 fire. HWHAP Episode 78.

Apollo 8: Part 2

0:00 | Feb 1st

Vanessa Wyche, Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center, leads a panel discussion with key players of the Apollo program to learn critical lessons that can be applied to NASA’s future human spaceflight missions to the Moon and Mars. HWHAP Episode ...Show More

Apollo 8: Part 1

0:00 | Dec 22nd, 2018

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 launch, resident historian Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal recounts one of the most significant missions in human spaceflight history, featuring interviews with Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman and Bill Anders. HWHAP ...Show More

Radiation Shielding

0:00 | Dec 14th, 2018

Matt Lemke, Orion avionics, power and software deputy manager, discusses how Orion is radiation-hardened so the systems inside can withstand the harsh environment of space. HWHAP Episode 75.

Fly 'Em All

0:00 | Dec 7th, 2018

NASA Astronaut Anne McClain discusses her journey to space, from her education, her time in the Army as an aviator, and her training to become an astronaut. HWHAP Episode 74.

The International Space Station Begins: Part 2

0:00 | Nov 30th, 2018

Jerry Ross, former NASA astronaut, talks about the first mission to assemble the International Space Station and his experience conducting the mission's three spacewalks. The milestone shuttle mission STS-88 brought the Unity module to join Zarya, th...Show More

The International Space Station Begins: Part 1

0:00 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Doug Drewry, former FGB Program Manager, discusses leading the joint U.S and Russian teams during the development and launch of Zarya, the first element of the International Space Station, for its 20th anniversary in space. HWHAP Episode 72.

Apollo and The Moon

0:00 | Nov 16th, 2018

John Gruener and Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, planetary scientist and historian, respectively, team up to discuss both the science and history of the Apollo program, the Moon, and the Johnson Space Center. HWHAP Episode 71.

NASA in Hollywood

0:00 | Oct 26th, 2018

Bob Jacobs, Bert Ulrich, and Bill Barry share stories of NASA working closely with filmmakers on features and documentaries. The cast and crew of "First Man" and family members of the real astronauts portrayed in the film also share their perspective...Show More

5,000°F

0:00 | Oct 12th, 2018

Ronny Baccus, Orion structures and thermal protection system functional area manager, discusses how Orion deals with temperatures around 5,000°F when screaming back into Earth's atmosphere at 25,000 miles per hour. HWHAP Episode 66.

We're Not in Kansas Anymore

0:00 | Oct 5th, 2018

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and his wife, Lt. Col. Catie Hague, talk about Nick’s journey to becoming an astronaut, his education, and his time in the U.S Air Force. The couple discusses how their family is prepared for the journey ahead. HWHAP Episode...Show More

Space Weather

0:00 | Sep 28th, 2018

Dr. Steve Johnson, Senior Scientist of the Space Radiation Analysis Group, discusses what's being done right now to document radiation exposure, not only to ensure our astronauts stay healthy, but to understand weather in space. HWHAP Episode 64.

Escaping A Speeding Rocket

0:00 | Sep 14th, 2018

Jon Olansen and Jenny Devolites, leads for the Orion Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) crew module and AA-2 launch abort vehicle test mission, discuss the critical test of the abort system if a failure were to happen while the Space Launch System rocket was asce...Show More

Hazard 5: Environments

0:00 | Sep 7th, 2018

Dr. Brian Crucian, a biological studies and immunology expert, discusses the hazard of hostile and closed environments in space. Crucian serves as the principal investigator for a NASA functional immune study. This is part five of the five-part seri...Show More

Hazard 4: Gravity

0:00 | Aug 31st, 2018

Dr. Peter Norsk, Senior Research Director and Element Scientist at Baylor College of Medicine based here at NASA, describes the hazard of altered gravity fields and its effects on the human body. This is part three of a five-part series on the hazard...Show More

Hazard 3: Distance

0:00 | Aug 24th, 2018

Dr. Erik Antonsen, element scientist and emergency physician, discusses the hazard of traveling farther away from Earth an ever before, especially how to provide appropriate medical care with limited resources and challenging communications. This is ...Show More

Hazard 2: Isolation

0:00 | Aug 17th, 2018

Dr. Tom Williams leads a research team that looks into isolation and confinement, focusing on habitability and behavioral health and performance risks to spaceflight. This is part two of a five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP ...Show More

Hazard 1: Radiation

0:00 | Aug 10th, 2018

Dr. Zarana Patel, a portfolio lead scientist at NASA's Johnson Space Center, is responsible for management and scientific oversight of degenerative tissue risk of space radiation. This is part one of a five-part series on the hazards of human spacefl...Show More

Dr. Spaceman

0:00 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Dr. Mike Barratt, NASA astronaut, physician and a flight surgeon, shares his story of living in space. Barratt addresses five hazards of human spaceflight and why these challenges need to be addressed to make deep-space missions successful. HWHAP Ep...Show More

Living Off the Land

0:00 | Jul 27th, 2018

John Gruener and Steve Hoffman discuss in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), the ability to find and use natural resources beyond Earth. HWHAP Episode 55.

Small Business, Cosmic Goals

0:00 | Jul 20th, 2018

Tabi Taliwaku Kalisa, program manager of NASA's Small Business Programs, shares how NASA helps small businesses to get involved in space exploration and scientific discovery by working with them from the spark of an idea to literally being a part of ...Show More

Mars is Hard. Here's Why.

0:00 | Jul 13th, 2018

Dr. Stan Love, NASA astronaut and all-around smart guy, flew to the International Space Station in 2008 and has worked on a number of flight analog programs to understand how to conduct deep-space missions. Love explores the challenges that will need...Show More

Houston, We Have a Birthday

0:00 | Jul 6th, 2018

Houston, We Have a Podcast celebrates its first year. Gary Jordan (host) sits down with Alex Perryman (audio) and Dan Huot (co-host) to reminisce about their favorite moments and incredible guests. HWHAP Episode 52.

Airspace

0:00 | Jun 29th, 2018

Harry Roberts, Flight Operation Supervisor for the Aircraft Operations Division out at Ellington Field Airport, talks about aeronautics at NASA. Roberts describes the operations out at Ellington Field and the aircraft itself that helped to make human...Show More

DNA Sequencing

0:00 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Dr. Sarah Wallace talks about her instrumental role in sequencing DNA for the very first time in space. DNA sequencing can be used for things in space from monitoring the crew members' health to identifying microbes, and potentially detecting life in...Show More

Launch America

0:00 | Jun 15th, 2018

Kathy Lueders, Manager of the Commercial Crew Program, gives us a brief history of the program, how it started, and where it is now. Leuders talks about the 2 commercial companies, Boeing and SpaceX, and their space vehicles that will carry astronaut...Show More

Moon Rocks

0:00 | Jun 7th, 2018

Ryan Zeigler, a planetary scientist and the lunar sample curator, talks about the moon rocks brought to Earth during Apollo, the facilities that keep them, and what were still learning from them. HWHAP Episode 48.

Astronaut, M.D.

0:00 | Jun 1st, 2018

Serena Auñón-Chancellor shares her story about becoming an astronaut from her education in engineering and medicine to her time at NASA as a flight surgeon. Auñón-Chancellor discusses her training and expectations before her first trip to space. HWH...Show More

Stories of Unity

0:00 | May 25th, 2018

For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we team up with our Asian Employee Resource Group to share the stories from 4 guests on their unique paths coming to NASA from different backgrounds. HWHAP Episode 46.

Digital Space

0:00 | May 18th, 2018

Annette Moore, the Director of Information Resources and the Chief Information Officer at the Johnson Space Center, tells us about data and information in space as well as the tech we use for human spaceflight operations, including space station imag...Show More

Spacecraft Displays

0:00 | May 11th, 2018

Jeff Fox, Chief Engineer of the Rapid Prototype Lab at the Johnson Space Center, tells the history and evolution of displays and controls in the space shuttle. Fox reveals details behind some of the new displays that are being designed to fly on the ...Show More

Diet Like an Astronaut

0:00 | May 4th, 2018

Dr. Scott Smith, NASA nutritionist and the manager for nutritional biochemistry, discusses the differences in the way astronauts have to eat in space versus the way we eat here on Earth. HWHAP Episode 43.

The Space Launch System: Part 2

0:00 | Apr 27th, 2018

Paul Bookout and David Smith continue their conversation about the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V: The Space Launch System. The experts discuss the construction, testing, evolution and potential of the skyscraper-sized launch vehicle. HWHAP ...Show More

The Space Launch System: Part 1

0:00 | Apr 20th, 2018

Paul Bookout and David Smith talk about the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V: The Space Launch System. The experts discuss what the rocket is made of, where it will go, and what will be inside. HWHAP Episode 41

Tough and Competent

0:00 | Apr 13th, 2018

Colonel TJ Creamer shares his story from humble beginnings in the military to tweeting from the International Space Station. Creamer describes his transition as the first and only individual to be both an astronaut and a flight director. HWHAP Episod...Show More

BEAM and Expandable Spacecraft

0:00 | Apr 6th, 2018

Rajib Dasgupta and Gerard Valle talk about the commercial test module currently attached to the International Space Station called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). The respective former and current project managers for BEAM discuss the ...Show More

Stories of Her Strength

0:00 | Mar 30th, 2018

For Women's History Month we brought in 4 women in leadership at the Johnson Space Center to share their stories of persevering through challenges and rising through the ranks. HWHAP Episode 38.

Human vs. Machine

0:00 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Dr. Tina Holden, Human Factors Technical Fellow with Leidos, talks about the challenges that astronauts may face when interacting with computers. Holden discusses some of the research that has been done on the space station to investigate these issue...Show More

Teacher on Board

0:00 | Mar 16th, 2018

Ricky Arnold, NASA Astronaut, talks about his time as an educator, his first flight on the Space Shuttle, and his plans to teach from space during his first long-duration flight on the International Space Station starting on March 21, 2018. HWHAP Epi...Show More

A Ride in Orion

0:00 | Mar 9th, 2018

Jeff Fox, Chief Engineer of the Rapid Prototype Lab, talks about some of the testing and training for Orion. Fox brings the actual audio from inside the Orion capsule during its first flight so you, the listener, can experience what it would be like ...Show More

A Seismic Journey

0:00 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Drew Feustel, NASA Astronaut, talks about his education in Geology and Seismology, his previous 2 shuttle missions, and his expectations before launching on March 21, 2018 for his first long-duration mission in space. HWHAP Episode 34.

The Zero-G Workout

0:00 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Dr. Andrea Hanson, Exercise Countermeasures Operations Lead, talks about what happens to the human body in microgravity, what NASA is doing about it, and how we can use this knowledge to go deeper into space. Hanson also describes some parts of astro...Show More

African American History Month

0:00 | Feb 16th, 2018

For African American History Month, we team up with our African American Employee Resource Group to bring 4 guests from different areas of expertise like life support systems, robotics, flight control and leadership to explain what they do and the pa...Show More

The James Webb Space Telescope

0:00 | Feb 9th, 2018

Jonathan Homan, Project Manager for Webb's Chamber A Testing, talks about how the James Webb Space Telescope has been designed, built, and tested, especially in the vacuum chamber here at the Johnson Space Center. He also describes what the telescope...Show More

Infamous Meteorites

0:00 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Dr. Duck Mittlefehldt, Planetary Scientist, talks about some curious findings in meteorites and the adventures endured to procure them. HWHAP Episode 30.

The National Lab in Space

0:00 | Jan 26th, 2018

Patrick O'Neill, Marketing and Communications Manager at CASIS, talks about the part of the International Space Station designated as a U.S. National Laboratory, what that means, and how CASIS manages research from all over the world that could ultim...Show More

3 Weeks in a Capsule

0:00 | Jan 19th, 2018

Jessica Vos, Crew Systems Engineer, talks about how astronauts will operate in the Orion capsule for deep-space missions that can go up to 3 weeks: like how they’ll eat, sleep, exercise, work, and if needed, be prepared for the worst. HWHAP Episode 2...Show More

The Search for Life

0:00 | Jan 12th, 2018

Dr. Aaron Burton and Dr. Marc Fries, Planetary Scientists, talk about searching for organic material in meteorites from around the solar system. They share what we're finding that helps us understand the fundamentals of life here on Earth and possibl...Show More

Can You Hear Me Now?

0:00 | Jan 5th, 2018

Bill Foster, Ground Controller in Mission Control Houston, talks about how space communication networks work and what they will look like for missions into deep space. HWHAP Episode 26.

A Rocket on a Rocket

0:00 | Dec 29th, 2017

Wahab Alshahin, Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer, talks about what a launch abort system is, how it works, and why it's necessary to send humans to space. HWHAP Episode 25

Space Habitat

0:00 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Lisa Spence, Flight Analogs Project Manager, and Dr. Paul Haugen, HERA Operations Engineer, talk about the space habitat analog here in Texas. They talk about what it's like inside, what crewmembers do on missions, and how to sign up to participate i...Show More

Test Pilot to Astronaut

0:00 | Dec 15th, 2017

Scott Tingle, NASA Astronaut, talks about his education in mechanical engineering, his time in the Navy as a test pilot, and his astronaut training before his first mission to the International Space Station in December, 2017. HWHAP Episode 23.

Astronaut Health

0:00 | Dec 8th, 2017

Dr. Natacha Chough, Flight Surgeon, talks about what flight surgeons do and how they work with astronauts to monitor their health during spaceflight. She reveals health concerns that are unique to the space environment. HWHAP Episode 22.

Microgravity University

0:00 | Dec 1st, 2017

Mike McGlone, NASA Education Specialist, talks about how the different education programs here in Texas influence students to pursue careers in STEM and STEAM fields, including careers here at NASA. HWHAP Episode 21.

Special Delivery with NASA in Silicon Valley

0:00 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Shane Kimbrough, NASA Astronaut, and Dennis Leveson-Gower, Senior Project Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, talk about cargo and science going to and from the International Space Station. Houston We Have a Podcast teams up with NASA in Silico...Show More

Weather to Launch

0:00 | Nov 17th, 2017

Tim Garner, Meteorologist in Charge at the Johnson Space Center, talks about how weather affects human spaceflight, especially for launches, landings, and tests. He also reveals how Hurricane Harvey impacted operations here in Houston. HWHAP Episode ...Show More

Mars

0:00 | Nov 10th, 2017

Dr. Doug Archer, Planetary Scientist, talks about Mars: what its made of, what it's like on the surface, and why it's such an intriguing place for humans to visit in the next giant leap. HWHAP Episode 18.

Orion

0:00 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Nujoud Merancy, Mission Planning and Analysis Lead for the Orion spacecraft, talks about what Orion is, how it will work, what kinds of tests are being done, and where in space it will go. HWHAP Episode 17.

Spacesuits

0:00 | Oct 27th, 2017

HWHAP Episode 16. Les Padilla, Hardware Manager of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), talks about spacesuits: how they work, what they're made of, how they've evolved over time, and what they'll look like in the future.

Live from Space: Astronaut Photography

0:00 | Oct 20th, 2017

HWHAP Episode 15: In a live recording from space, astronauts Randy "Komrade" Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli, Joe Acaba, and Mark "Sabot" Vande Hei talk about about photography and the view of Earth from the International Space Station.

Robotic Arms in Space

0:00 | Oct 13th, 2017

HWHAP Episode 14. Tim Braithwaite, Liaison Manager for the Canadian Space Agency, talks about robotic arms in space: how they were conceived and developed, how they work today, and how the technology is useful on Earth.

Before His First Flight

0:00 | Oct 6th, 2017

HWHAP Episode 13. Mark Vande Hei, U.S. astronaut, shares stories of his training and tips he learned from fellow astronauts before launching to the International Space Station for the first time on September 12, 2017.

Leading Human Space Exploration

0:00 | Sep 29th, 2017

HWHAP Episode 12. Ellen Ochoa, Director of the NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about human space exploration: what we’re doing here in Texas to make it a possibility, how we’re working with commercial and international partners, and what the future ...Show More

Mission Control

0:00 | Sep 22nd, 2017

HWHAP Episode 11. Mary Lawrence, Flight Director in Mission Control Houston, talks about what it’s like inside Mission Control, what it takes to be a flight controller and flight director, how mission control has evolved, and what it may look like in...Show More

Average Joe, Educator, Astronaut

0:00 | Sep 15th, 2017

HWHAP Episode 10. Joe Acaba, U.S. astronaut, talks about his time in the Marine Corps and Peace Corps, his previous missions to space, and his background as a high school and middle school educator.

International Space Station #2: Research

0:00 | Sep 8th, 2017

HWHAP Episode 9. Dr. Tara Ruttley, Associate Program Scientist for the Space Station, talks about the kinds of scientific research we're doing and learning aboard the orbiting complex. Ruttley discusses why the research is important for us here on th...Show More

Hurricane Harvey Update

0:00 | Aug 30th, 2017

Well as you probably know, southeast Texas was just slammed with the furious winds and torrential downpour of Hurricane Harvey. A lot of Houstonians were affected by the storm and the 40+ inches of rain that came with it. Here is a quick update of wh...Show More

Exploring the Cosmos with Styx

0:00 | Aug 25th, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast. Episode 8: Glenn Lutz and John Connolly, exploration experts at NASA, chat with Tommy Shaw and Lawrence Gowan from the band Styx about human exploration of the solar system. They discuss the challenges of sending humans in...Show More

Total Eclipse Over America

0:00 | Aug 18th, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast. Episode 7: Dr. Mark Matney, Space Debris Scientist and Astronomer, talks about the science and history of eclipses. He also describes the total solar eclipse that will sweep over the U.S. on August 21, 2017, and how to saf...Show More

The Most Awesome Podcast from Space

0:00 | Aug 11th, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast. Episode 6: Jack "2fish" Fischer, NASA Astronaut, talks about life on the International Space Station... while on board the International Space Station. This podcast was recorded during a live event on Aug 10, 2017.

Astronaut Training

0:00 | Aug 4th, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast. Episode 5: Randy "Komrade" Bresnik talks about what astronauts have to study, know and endure to be successful in space. Bresnik recalls his astronaut training experiences and moments of his previous spaceflight.

Space Food

0:00 | Jul 28th, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast. Episode 4. Dr. Takiyah Sirmons, food scientist, talks about space food: what it is, how its packaged, and what happens to an astronauts palate after living in space for several months.

Landing From Space

0:00 | Jul 21st, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast. Episode 3: Dr. John Charles, Chief Scientist of the Human Research Program at the NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about what happens to the human body in space. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough gives a first hand account of...Show More

Your 2017 Astronaut Class

0:00 | Jul 14th, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast. Episode 2: Anne Roemer, Manager of the Astronaut Selection Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about the new Astronaut Class of 2017: who they are, what they bring to the table and why these 12 people were chose...Show More

International Space Station

0:00 | Jul 7th, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast. Episode 1: Dan Huot, Public Affairs Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, talks about the International Space Station: what it is, how it works, what it’s made of, and why it’s there.