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Science@Nasa Podcast

Science@Nasa Podcast

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Podcast of stories from NASA about current research, things to see in the sky, and other science topics.

The Science and Technology Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center sponsors the Science@NASA web sites. The mission of Science@NASA is to help the public understand how exciting NASA research is and to help NASA scientists fulfill their outreach responsibilities.

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Seth Anderson
Reviewer Seth Anderson
 February 17, 2006
Science@Nasa releases weekly news stories on everything related to Nasa, be it what is going on in cutting-edge research, latest news stories like the comet we're currently drilling, and other related topics anyone interested in the space agency would benefit from knowing. The podcasts are short, but packed with so much information, I've found it good to actually re-listen to them all so I can be sure I got everything. I rarely find the language used to be too confusing, nor does the scientific data come off as dry or pedantic. Thus far my favorite episode detailed how nasa has considered using force fields as a way of cutting down how astronauts are exposed to interstellar radiation. You heard me, FORCE FIELDS man. Ultimately, I love every show I listen to, but I guess it's length is somewhat of an issue. I like the show and sometimes I feel its too brief. Perhaps lengthening it to a half hour would be a good solution for space camp nerds like me, but in the end its a minor quibble. Honestly, Science@Nasa is an early innovator that shows how valuable podcasting really is. I've listened to NPR science Fridays religiously for many years and this does what science Friday does in an afternoon within the space of 15 minutes.

Reviewer J.E.
 February 17, 2006
The Science@NASA podcast brings listeners up to speed with the latest happenings at the agency and in space. It is a short podcast, but it gets to the point and gets the information across.

I like this podcast because of all the different topics it covers. For example, in one show, they explained a little bit about the Perseid Meteor Shower and told us which night would offer the best viewing in the northern hemisphere. In another episode, they told us what would be going on with the whole Comet Tempel thing.

Overall, this is an enjoyable podcast to listen to. I kind of like the fact that I can get this news in a quick hit rather than having to devote a lot of time to it. I give this podcast 4 stars.

Reviewer girijad83
 February 17, 2006
This podcast amazed me with the simple language and non-pedantic explanations of the various physical phenomena in space. This podcast is an excellent source for kids to get interested in the physics on Earth, and its comparison with the physical effects in outer space. It can be used as an added resource for science teachers to spread information to interested science students.

The latest podcast (on playing tennis on the moon), for example, tries to explain how playing tennis on the moon will need to have a completely different set of rules, based on how the physical phenomena of gravitation, air resistance, and laws of motion work on the moon which is devoid of an atmosphere, and has a gravitational pull a sixth of that on the Earth.

The narration is clear and the sound quality is excellent. Another major advantage of this information loaded podcast is its brief time duration, which keeps the listener interested.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: N005347