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The Women Who are Paving the Way to Mars: “One small step for man.” “Boldly go where no man has gone before.” These iconic phrases don't tell the entire story. Women have been and continue to be an important part of the aerospace industry, from the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, to human computer Katherine Johnson who helped send humans to the Moon, to Christina Koch, one of the new class of astronauts. In this episode of STEM in 30, we will explore the women that are helping pave the way to Mars. Aired 4.12.17

The Biology of Long Term Space Flight: Since we sent the first humans into space in 1961, there have been questions about how the human body would react to being in space. While many of the basic questions have been answered, many are still unanswered and are the basis for continued research on the International Space Station. Finding answers to these questions is an important step toward sending humans to Mars. Join STEM in 30 as we explore this research and the impact of long-term space travel on the human body. Aired 1.25.17

Scientist or Guinea Pig: Science on Station: Do you like being poked, prodded, and analyzed? If you said yes then you may have a future as an astronaut. Astronauts on the International Space Station don’t just conduct scientific experiments, they are part of an experiment themselves. Learning about the human factors of spaceflight is an important element to a future trip to Mars. Join STEM in 30 as we explore the effects of space on the humans who travel there. Aired 11.16.16.

Seven Minutes of Terror: The Engineering behind Landing on Other Planets: Rocket thrusters, giant airbags, and a sky crane: these are just a few ways we have landed on other planets. This episode of STEM in 30 will explore the engineering behind these different techniques and see what is in store for future missions. Aired 10.26.16

ISS: 15 Years of Continuous Human Presence: In the lifetime of today’s middle school students, there hasn’t been a day without a human presence onboard the International Space Station (ISS). This episode of STEM in 30 celebrates the 15th anniversary of continuous occupation of the space station and looks at the incredible accomplishments of the last 15 years. Aired 11.18.15

Mars: A current elementary or middle school student will most likely be the first human to step foot on Mars. In this episode of STEM in 30, we will investigate the plans to send humans to Mars and the ongoing research into water and the possibility of life on the Red Planet. Aired 10.21.15.

Asteroid Redirect Mission: In orbit around the Sun are thousands of asteroids ranging in size from grains of sand to miles across. NASA is planning a mission to capture a piece of an asteroid to be studied by NASA scientists and astronauts. In this episode of STEM in 30, we will learn about asteroids, what we can learn from capturing one, and the technology needed to accomplish such a mission. Aired 9.23.15


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