The Space Above Us

A podcast about the history of NASA human spaceflight. New episodes every other Thursday.

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166 - STS-84 - Where Things Are Bright and Sunny (Linenger/Foale Mir Swap)

On STS-84 we'll deliver Mike Foale to Mir, bring Jerry Linenger back to Earth, wonder how much Elektron really weighs, enjoy the music in the base block, and contemplate the mystical powers of a shouting Marine.


Published 09/24
165 - STS-83 - Substack Attack (MSL-1)

The crew of STS-83 is gearing up for a 16 day flight aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. With Spacelab packed full of materials science experiments, everything seemed ready to go.. so why did the flight end up only being four days long?

Published 09/10
164 - STS-82 - No Trouble with Hubble (HST Servicing 2)

On STS-82 we've got another ground-up rendezvous on our hands. But instead of flying to Mir, we'll be visiting our old friend the Hubble Space Telescope. It's been a few years since STS-61 fixed its optical flaw, and it's due for an upgrade!

Published 08/27
163 - NASA-4 Part 2 - Close Call, Ethylene Glycol, Secret Alcohol (Linenger on Mir)

We've still got half of Jerry Linenger's mission on Mir to cover, and while there aren't any fires, it's just as action packed! We've got near-misses, secret contraband, and a history-making EVA.

Published 08/06
162 - NASA-4 Part 1 - A Candle-Lit Dinner (Linenger on Mir)

Jerry Linenger's long duration mission on Mir was so jam-packed that I had to break it up into two parts! In Part 1, we'll heed some lessons from John Blaha, learn where to find extra photographic film, and light some candles during dinner.

Published 07/23
161 - STS-81 - Space Deli (Blaha/Linenger Mir Swap)

On STS-81 we'll deliver Jerry Linenger to his new home for the next few months, return John Blaha to Earth, and transfer a few tons of equipment while we're at it. Along the way we'll go for a run, admire a previous crew's DIY fix, and toss some meat and cheese around the Mir base block. Just don't get lost on the way from the orbiter!

Published 07/08
160 - Tom Jones Interview

We've seen him fly on STS-59, STS-68, and STS-80.. and now we'll see him on The Space Above Us! Astronaut Tom Jones joins us and answers a bunch of questions ranging from stopwatches, travel strategies, and pranks on John Young.

Thanks again to Tom Jones for speaking with me. Go check out his website and buy his excellent books!

Published 06/23
159 - STS-80 - Space Jam (ORFEUS, WSF, EVA)

STS-80 is jam packed with everything the shuttle program has to offer, which makes sense since it's the longest flight of the entire program! We've got two free-flying payloads, a troublesome EVA, and a reentry to remember.

Published 06/12
158 - NASA-3 - Blaha Blast (Blaha on Mir)

John Blaha is settling in for his four month stay on Mir. Science experiments, clattering fans, limited communications, 14 hour days, and the first ever NASA in-space handover await.

Published 05/29
157 - STS-79 - Blaha to Go (Lucid/Blaha Mir Swap)

Shannon Lucid has been waiting for her ride home and John Blaha is ready to swap in as America's next long duration spacefarer. We'll also fix our SRBs, try to heat up some metal, and enjoy some barbecue in Atlantis.

Published 05/14
156 - STS-78 - International Space.. Shuttle (LMS)

On this flight we'll be setting new duration records, studying the muscles of the crew, and waking up to some on-theme music. Let's just hope there's enough fuel to make it to orbit!

Published 04/28
155 - STS-77 - Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Satellite (IAE, PAMS, SPACEHAB)

On STS-77, we've got one of the strangest shuttle payloads I've ever seen, a satellite that's passively stabilized by aerodynamic forces (mostly), a bunch of SPACEHAB experiments, and a blast from the past.

Also, here's that deployment video of IAE that I recommend looking up.. wait until you hear about it first!

Errata: In the outro I mention how I'm not familiar with any passively stabilized spacecraft. This neglects the entire category of spinners, which is kind of their whole point. But I was thinking of "passively stabilized by aerodynamic forces" and just didn't use my words.

Published 04/09
154 - Dan Tani Interview - Astronaut Early Career

Astronaut Dan Tani joins us once again and talks about what the astronaut interview process was like, what day to day life was like before being assigned to a mission, wearing the "astronaut suit", what makes a good team, and some sage advice from John Young.

Published 3/24/2022
153 - NASA-2 - M&Ms and Russian Friends (Lucid on Mir)

Shannon Lucid is ready to become the second American to perform a long duration aboard the Russian space station Mir. All she'll need to do is survive Russian language class, memorize a few bolt names, and find her missing shoe.

Published 3/10/2022
152 - STS-76 - Mirwalking (MEEP, Lucid to Mir)

On STS-76, the space shuttle will finally shuttle someone to space! Plus the first American EVA outside a space station in 22 years, antics in the SPACEHAB tunnel, and thoughts about 1996 web design.

Published 2/18/2022