Bob Walker - Space Policy Advisor

October 15, 2019 @ 3:36 pm

In this episode:

We meet Bob Walker, former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, former chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology, former chairman of the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry, and current founder/CEO of Moonwalker Associates.

As a longtime advisor to presidents from Reagan to Trump, policymakers, and industry members on space exploration, Walker discusses topics that include: The changing landscape of the industries involved in the space program since the Moon landing 50 years ago, the advances that commercial space has made in the ensuing years, who the United States’ international competitors and allies in space are, and what his ideal personal space mission would be.

In covering the strengths of commercial space, Walker says, “Nowadays, people are beginning to realize that the commercial sector brings a lot of innovation, they bring a lot of new ideas, they bring more efficient technologies in many cases.”

To learn more about Walker’s current efforts with Moonwalker Associates, visit or follow @moonwalkerassoc on Twitter.

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Glen Asner & Stephen Garber - Historians & Authors

September 26, 2019 @ 3:41 pm

In this episode:

We meet historians and authors, Glen Asner and Stephen Garber from the Historical Office, Office of Secretary of Defense and NASA’s History Division. Glen and Stephen share insights into their new book, Origins of 21st Century Space Travel: A History of NASA’s Decadal Planning Team and the Vision for Space Exploration, 1999-2004 (NASA 2019).

Glen and Stephen detail the challenges and lessons learned in space exploration. This includes changes following the Shuttle Columbia accident; ongoing budget constraints and battles; the role played by politics in space exploration; and the rise and impact of the commercial development of space. As the historians they are, both Glen and Stephen also share who they wish they could interview from days of aerospace past.

The book is available for free on under the "E-Books" tab.

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Ashlie Smith - Physical Science Teacher

September 5, 2019 @ 9:33 am

In this episode:

We meet physical science teacher, Ashlie Smith from Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls. Ashlie was the recipient of the 2017 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, as presented by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Space Foundation. 

Ashlie is also a member of the Space Foundation Teacher Liaison program, a group of extraordinary educators who use space-related education programs and principles in the classroom to act as advocates for space-based education in their schools and districts. 

Ashlie tells us about her teaching style and how she strives to show young women the amazing careers and opportunities available to them in the space and science industries. 

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Shawn Cochran - Civil and Environmental Space Manager

August 22, 2019 @ 8:19 pm

In this episode:

We meet Shawn Cochran, a senior manager for Civil and Environmental Space in Raytheon’s Space Systems, a mission area within Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Prior to joining Space Systems, Shawn was the chief scientist for the Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System and the head of the Mission Data Services program for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. 

Shawn tells us about Raytheon's role in the Apollo missions 50 years ago and about Earth observation systems, in particular, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). VIIRS data supports a broad and diverse range of applications, some of which are still being discovered. In addition to providing highly detailed information on emerging global storm patterns, VIIRS generates high-fidelity sea, land and atmospheric data for a variety of other applied products, including monitoring of wildfires, drought, flooding, vegetation health, algal blooms and nighttime phenomena.

Shawn provides the following advice to our listeners, "Ask, for help. Never be afraid." He explains how mentorship is a key to growing and developing in your skillset.

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Michael Soluri - Documentary Photographer

August 15, 2019 @ 9:20 am

In this episode:

We meet photographer Michael Soluri. Michael tells us how he got into photography and is currently documenting behind-the-scenes NASA human and robotic space exploration missions. He explains the trust NASA and individual astronauts have put into him to tell their story through non-scripted photography.

Michael documented the New Horizons mission to Pluto from 2005 all the way through the historic flyby, which brought endless information about the dwarf planet back to Earth. Michael also tells us about his portrayal of flown astronaut space tools as pieces of sculpture as part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

We discuss the story Michael told through images of the final Space Shuttle mission to the Hubble Telescope, a story which began years before the actual launch and included photography training to the astronauts.

Michael is also the author of Infinite Worlds-the People and Places of Space Exploration (Simon & Schuster). Learn more about Michael on his website: 


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Alex Wagner - AIA Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

August 1, 2019 @ 10:20 am

In this episode:

We meet Alex Wagner, the Aerospace Industries Association’s Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and the Senior Advisor to the President.

Alex joined AIA after serving nearly seven years in the Department of Defense, most recently as Chief of Staff to the 22nd Secretary of the Army. Previously, Alex managed Uber’s global policy development team, practiced law at K&L Gates in Seattle, and served in various capacities on four U.S. presidential campaigns. Prior to law school, he worked as a reporter and policy analyst for the Arms Control Association, a national security think tank in Washington, D.C. Alex received his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from Georgetown Law, where he has taught as an adjunct professor since 2011.

Alex shares with us his interest with law, government and technology, as well as the work he is currently doing with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Alex also shares AIA’s Vision for 2050, "an optimistic vision of where aerospace & defense can take our world in the coming years." 

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Bill Barry - NASA Historian

July 25, 2019 @ 8:40 am

In this episode:

We meet Chief NASA Historian, Dr. Bill Barry. Bill became NASA’s sixth Chief Historian in September 2010. He began work at NASA in 2001 after retiring from a 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force.  Initially, he worked in NASA’s international relations office, and then served as the NASA European Representative at the United States Embassy in Paris, before being appointed Chief Historian. 

Bill shares with us what it takes to become a NASA Historian, a few of his favorite NASA history moments and the three people he would choose to have dinner with.

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Emily Boster - Mars Mission Engineer

June 14, 2019 @ 9:31 am

In this episode:

We meet Mars Mission engineer from Lockheed Martin, Emily Boster. Emily is a Senior Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Government Affairs. She previously led the system configuration team for Deep Space Exploration mission proposals including Discovery, CLPS, and others. Prior to that, she served as a mechanical design engineer for the InSight Mars Lander and Mars 2020 aeroshell programs. 

Emily shares what it is like to work on a mission to the red planet and how she got into the amazing field of space.

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Ed Rosenthal - Florikan Founder

May 31, 2019 @ 8:34 am

In this episode:

We meet the Founder Chairman of the Board of Florikan ESA, Ed Rosenthal. 

Ed Rosenthal grew up on a Canadian farm, but the last thing he wanted to do was go into agriculture. In 1971, he found himself working for a polymer company in Canada, where he learned the ins and outs of its manufacturing, injection and molding processes.

Ed and his wife Betty founded Florikan ESA in 1982 and they set out to help growers and farmers and make farming more efficient.

Florikan is a Controlled Release Fertilizer manufacturing company with a legacy of business success and awards for ethics. Florikan has received 13 major awards for ethical business practice, product innovation, job creation and environmental leadership; one of the few companies in the country with such a vast array of recognition over 35 years. In 2017, Florikan was inducted into the Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame® 

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Basil Hero - Apollo Author

May 21, 2019 @ 7:28 am

In this episode:

We meet author Basil Hero, an award-winning former investigative reporter with NBC News television stations. He recently released a new book, The Mission of a Lifetime, Lessons From the Men Who Went to the Moon, where he gets first-person insights on the amazing journeys that changed humanity and exploration forever. From childhood, and throughout his career as a media entrepreneur, Basil has maintained a lifelong fascination with space exploration and the men who went to the Moon.

In this Space4U podcast, he shares how he got the Apollo legends to share even more powerful insights on their Moon missions and how it changed them, their families and the world.

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