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Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: The 11 Dimensions of Brian Greene

In this episode of Orbital Path, we hear from Brian Greene on the coming paradigm shift in physics as current theories fail to adequately explain quantum entanglement.

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: Journey to the Sun

Nicki Viall, a heliophysicist at Goddard Space Flight Center, shares her excitement over the Parker Solar Probe — the spacecraft that will allow scientists to "touch" the Sun.

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: First Light

John Mather has seen many first lights, not the least being the first light of the universe — and soon he will see the first light of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: Holy Sheet!

Join host Michelle Thaller as she learns about the IceBridge mission and the scientific discoveries it is making in the latest installment of Orbital Path Podcast

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: Making Gravitational Waves

The universe sings to us in gravitational waves, and we're starting to listen. Michelle Thaller discusses the discovery of gravitational waves and their unusual effects in her latest astronomy podcast.

Earth on October 19, 2015

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: Lessons in Landslides

Earth is a planet, too! Dr. Michelle Thaller explores how NASA investigates Earth using space-based satellites, and how that knowledge can save lives.

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: Space Robots to Europa!

Dr. Michelle Thaller talks to two NASA astrobiologists on when and how we'll explore Europa's subsurface ocean, and what we might find there.

Earth on October 19, 2015

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: Averting Disaster in the Ozone Layer

Dr. Michelle Thaller explores the story of how scientists discovered that the ozone layer was disappearing and how they moved to save it — and avert catastrophe.

Mike Massimino

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: Warning! Space May Wreak Havoc on Your Body

Would you go into space if you knew your bones would turn into “pee brittle”? Dr. Michelle Thaller explores the effects of space on the human body.

Planet Nine orbit plots

Solar System

Orbital Path Podcast: In Search of Planet 9

Astronomers are debating the existence of a big planet beyond the orbits of Pluto and Neptune. Dr. Michelle Thaller talks with planetary scientists Scott Shepard and Mike Brown about when we'll discover it.

Black hole simulation frame

Black Holes

Orbital Path 11: Black Hole Breakthroughs

Michelle Thaller talks with three leading scientists about black holes - how do we know they exist, where do they come from, and how can we learn more about them without going too close?

Coronal mass ejection

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path 10: Done in the Sun

Michelle Thaller speaks with NASA's Alex Young about the space agency's impressive fleet of Sun-monitoring spacecraft — including the upcoming Solar Probe Plus.

illustration of Proxima Centauri b

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path 9: Howdy, Neighbor!

For years astronomers anticipated a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. Michelle Thaller talks with astrophysicist Patricia Boyd about NASA’s ongoing search for exoplanets and what’s next for exploring other worlds.

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Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path 8: A Tale of Two Asteroids - Vesta and Ceres

Host Michelle Thaller speaks with Lucy McFadden, co-investigator of NASA’s Dawn Mission that traveled 130 million miles to orbit the asteroids Vesta and Ceres.

Total Solar Eclipse

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path 7: Chasing a Total Solar Eclipse

Host Michelle Thaller and eclipse-chaser Michael Kentrianakis talk about how an Alaska Airlines flight was diverted to view an eclipse, and where best to view the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse.

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path 6: A World Without Boundaries

Michelle Thaller speaks with NASA's Aprille Ericcson about her aerospace career path and how to recruit more women and minorities into engineering and space science.

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path 5: Michelle and Her Mom

In this special Mother’s Day episode, Michelle talks with her mom about what it was like raising a space-obsessed daughter in Wisconsin and watching her grow into a scientist.

Volcanic crater on Io

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path 4: In Praise of Volcanoes

Astronomer Michelle Thaller talks with scientist Ashley Davies about the importance of volcanoes in the solar system and to life on Earth.

Neutron star collision

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path 3: The Most Dramatic Sky

Dr. Michelle Thaller introduces us to Dr. Anna Moore, a scientist who travels to Antarctica to read the thermal (infrared) signals of a violent universe.

Depiction of a cataclysmic meteorite impact

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path 2: Mass Extinctions Get Personal

Host Dr. Michelle Thaller talks to physicist Lisa Randall, a theoretical particle physicist at Harvard, about what caused the dinosaurs’ extinction and the role dark matter plays in the universe and our world.

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