Archive for February 2019

Dr. Kavya Manyapu - Flight Crew Operations and Test Engineer

February 28, 2019 @ 2:47 pm

In this episode:

We meet Dr. Kavya Manyapu, a Space Scientist working in Flight Crew Operations and Testing for the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. 

Dr. Manyapu currently serves as the Regional Officer for a United Nations organization called Space Generation Advisory Council. She is passionate about human space exploration with a belief in the universal applicability of space research for the betterment of our planet.

Learn about the design and features of the new Boeing spacesuit and why it is blue. Dr. Manyapu explains the evolution of spacesuits and the steps she is taking to become astronaut. 

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Brother Guy - The Vatican Astronomer

February 20, 2019 @ 1:54 pm

In this episode:

We meet Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ was born in 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in 1974 and Master of Science in 1975 in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1978. 

In 1983 he joined the US Peace Corps, where he served for two years in Kenya teaching physics and astronomy. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1985 he became an assistant professor of physics at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he taught until his entry into the Jesuit order in 1989. He took vows as a Jesuit brother in 1991, and studied philosophy and theology at Loyola University Chicago, and physics at the University of Chicago before his assignment to the Vatican Observatory in 1993.

Brother Guy explains to us the connection between science and religion and the work he does for the Vatican Observatory.

Br. Guy shares insights into the relationship between Galileo and the Church as well as why the Vatican Observatory has a facility in Tucson, Arizona.

Learn more about him and the Vatican Observatory Foundation at

Introductory and closing music: Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Miss Judged

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