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Take a tour of NASA facilities and learn about some of the mysteries of space. Harvard scholar and former NASA employee Emily Calandrell shows the progress the space agency is making in embarking on the first manned mission to Mars. She also takes a ride on the famed "Vomit Comet," a plane that aids astronauts in dealing with a zero gravity environment, and ponders the question, "Is there life elsewhere in the universe?"

Xploration Station
4 Seasons, 53 Episodes
September 13, 2014
Documentary & Biography, News
8.1/10
Cast: Emily Calandrelli
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Xploration Outer Space Full Episode Guide

  • Many private companies are working with NASA to make space exploration more efficient. Host Emily Calandrelli visits the Sierra Nevada Corporation, which is building a spacecraft that can deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station.

  • A look at the first African-American woman in space and the first spacecraft to reach interstellar space. Host Emily Calandrelli interviews several pioneers of space and discovers the determination and courage required to become the first.

  • Host Emily Calandrelli looks at NASA's next mission to send a spacecraft that will touch the sun. She also witnesses a total solar eclipse, and visits a man who races homing pigeons, a bird that uses the sun to navigate its way home.

  • Canada has made significant contributions to the space effort, despite having a much smaller budget than NASA. Visit the Canadian Space Center in Quebec, and examines their exceptional expertise in robotics, which includes the famous Canadarm.

  • There have been a few occasions when spacecraft have been lost in space. Host Emily Calandrelli looks at several of these adventures. In some cases, the spacecraft that were lost, were remarkable found again.

  • When Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, it put an emphatic end to the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

  • The Hubble Space Telescope provides amazing insights into our universe, capturing stars forming and distant galaxies. Host Emily Calandrelli looks at the incredible phenomena of our universe, and our own planet's turbulent atmosphere.

  • Host Emily Calandrelli looks at how surviving in deep space can become a reality. Lockheed Martin is designing a spacecraft, similar to a smaller International Space Station, where astronauts can comfortably make a three year trip to Mars and back.

  • The year 2011 was remarkable as NASA visited several planets, asteroids and comets. Host Emily Calandrelli explores the amazing journeys of spacecraft that gathered spectacular images of Mercury, Jupiter and Mars.

  • NASA has been remarkably successful sending robot to Mars' surface. Host Emily Calandrelli looks at the varied and ingenious methods used to land spacecraft on the red planet, starting with Pathfinder in 1997.

  • What should NASA explore next, planet Mars or the Moon? Scientists make their case for spending our energy on going to Mars, while others think we should first conquer the Moon. Host Emily Calandrelli investigates this dilemma.

  • The Space Shuttle program spanned 30 years, and accomplished many things in low-Earth orbit. Host Emily Calandrelli speaks with five astronauts who ventured into space aboard this amazing and complex spacecraft.

  • When venturing into deep space to discover new worlds, robots are needed to first explore these extreme environments. Host Emily Calandrelli shows us robots that are leading the way, both to Mars, and other destinations in the future.

  • High school and college students compete for a fantastic prize: Going aboard a Zero-G aircraft where they€™ll experience microgravity with host, Emily Calandrelli. We€™ll see the student-winner try to execute a scientific experiment in weightlessness.

  • Join Host Emily Calandrelli as she explores the latest in science€™s search for life outside of planet Earth. From Microbes to advanced intelligent beings - recent discoveries are bringing scientists closer than ever to finding alien life.

  • The world€™s leading private space companies are testing their top-secret technologies everyday in the desert of California. Join Emily Calandrelli as she explores Mojave Air and Space Port and the technologies of tomorrow...

  • Four astronauts who have gone on missions into outer space share their perspective of life in micro-gravity. Host Emily Calandrelli visits each astronaut, including Story Musgrave, the only astronaut to fly aboard all five space shuttles.

  • Who owns space? The answer has changed over time. Some companies have their sites set on mining the moon. Here on Earth, if you find a meteorite, is it yours? Join as as we explore these questions and more!

  • Our universe can provide some amazing images. Ever wonder what it might be like to live in a space colony? There are all kinds of ways to use art...so lets use our imaginations to see what life might look like beyond planet Earth!

  • There's a new generation of satellites that are heading for low-earth orbit. They're now smaller and smarter than ever before. Join host Emily Calandrelli as we look at satellites that will provide us with instant images of our planet and bring high-speed internet to every human on Earth.

  • Sending rockets to space equires all types of engineers. Host Emily Calandrelli visits 4 types of engineers who are on the cutting edge of aerospace technology. From building rocket engines using 3D printing to creating autonomous robots exploring Mars.

  • Once we land on Mars, how will we survive? Host Emily Calandrelli visits NASA€™s Swamp Works, which tests space suits and machines for Mars-like conditions. Also, the history of space suits, and a futuristic space suit that€™s in the works at MIT.

  • Host Emily Calandrelli discovers various ways the public is helping scientists explore outer space; from sending bacteria samples to the International Space Station to tweeting observations about the Northern Lights.

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