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The Space Nerd is a weekly podcast where space enthusiast JP Burke breaks down some aspect of space exploration and space science, from orbits to missions, from spacecraft to SpaceX.

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Latest Episode

Heat Shields

Wed, 3 Feb 2016, 2:00pm

What's a heat shield? Why is it important? And how have heat shields evolved over time? JP explains.

All Episodes

Heat Shields

Wed, 3 Feb 2016, 2:00pm

What's a heat shield? Why is it important? And how have heat shields evolved over time? JP explains.

Fuel Cells

Wed, 27 Jan 2016, 2:00pm

JP explains the difference between a battery and a fuel cell, and why you'd use one or the other.

SpaceX's Crewed Dragon Capsule

Wed, 20 Jan 2016, 2:00pm

What will be in SpaceX's crewed Dragon capsule? How big is it? Is it bad that it has so few wires? JP's here to explain.

The Dawn Spacecraft

Wed, 13 Jan 2016, 2:00pm

The Dawn spacecraft launched in 2007 on its way to survey Vesta and Ceres, two protoplanets in the asteroid belt. Why should we care? JP explains.

Orbits

Wed, 6 Jan 2016, 2:00pm

What are the major orbits around Earth? What's a geosynchronous orbit? Where do we put satellites? Where's the International Space Station? JP's here to explain it all.

The Messenger Probe

Wed, 30 Dec 2015, 2:00pm

Today we talk about the Messenger spacecraft, a probe that went to the planet Mercury.

SpaceX CRS-7 Launch Failure

Wed, 23 Dec 2015, 2:00pm

Today we talk about the, er, less than perfectly successful launch of CRS-7, a SpaceX delivery to the International Space Station.

STS-125, 4th Hubble Servicing Mission

Wed, 16 Dec 2015, 2:00pm

We have a new show! We're sitting down with JP Burke and talking space. Today we talk about STS-125, the fourth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, where things didn't quite go as planned.

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