This Week In Space podcast: Episode 100 — Riding to Space on Virgin Galactic

On Episode 100 of This Week In Space, Tariq and Rod welcome back Dr. Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute to share what it’s like to fly on a private spaceplane.

Alan, a planetary scientist and principal investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond, launched on a suborbital spaceflight in November 2023 on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity space plane. He dishes on what that experience is like, what it promises for future space science, and more.

Tariq and Rod also discuss Intuitive Machines’ private Odysseus moon lander’s farewell, a new air leak on the International Space Station, and when SpaceX may launch its Crew-8 mission to the ISS.

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This Week in Space 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?

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