Category Archives: Space

New podcast! Kris Lehnhardt On Medicine in Space


“The Shuttle Principle” in action. Kris sitting in the Commander’s seat in the space shuttle Discovery

“My people were out there, I just hadn’t found them yet.”

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt, our latest podcast guest, is currently applying to be one of two new astronauts accepted into the Canadian Space Agency (Canada’s NASA) out of thousands of applicants. Kris, besides being amazingly passionate about space, is a pioneer in the field of Space medicine (think Beverly Crusher or Leonard “Bones” McCoy). Nina and Kris discuss how a growing group of doctors are finding their own path to serve patients where they are needed most in the missions to explore farther and farther into space.

This podcast is particularly inspiring as Kris shares with us his personal story of having career visions that were not traditional for the standard medical training path. He had to blaze his own trail, actively search for the right mentors, and eventually found “his people” who share his love for both space and medicine. Truly an inspirational person to listen to and we wish him all the best in his application to become an astronaut! Everyone send him some good vibes!!!

Get inspired with Nina. Listen now!

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New podcast: Geoff Steeves On Sciencing The Sh*t Out Of Space Exploration

geoff steeves skype

In our latest podcast, Nina chats with Dr. Geoff Steeves, Professor of Physics at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and Outreach Coordinator for the Planetary Society’s new Victoria branch. Nina and Geoff met at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Bootcamp last month where Nina was struck with his passion for space travel and deep knowledge of Mars, space innovations, and the imapcts of space exporlatation on public health.

Count how many times Nina says “wow” in this captivating episode on the recent innovations in space exploration, the potential for humans to sustainably live in space, and the recent images of Jupiter from the June spacecraft.

You can access the podcast by:
Direct download here
Subscribing to iTunes here

Additional show links:
1) Planetary Society Facebook page
2) Planetary Radio Show Page
3) Planetary Society Space Image Gallery
4) NASA homepage
5) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) homepage
6) Space X
7) Short video on the principles behind Geoff’s research

Email if you have any other Space related websites you like to follow!