Universe University

A journey through astronomy and space history to the outer boundaries of the universe.

About the show

Universe University takes listeners on a cosmic adventure through outer space: from the history of human spaceflight and astronomy to the cutting edge theoretical physics. It is an entertaining and informative exploration of how human beings have sought and found answers to some of our most profound questions about the universe... as well as a look at those questions that are still unanswered.

Episodes and Blog Entries

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    After Talk for Episode 16 w/Andrew Chaikin (pt 1 of 2)

    Episode  |  November 12th, 2020  |  46 mins 51 secs
    a man on the moon, apollo, artemis, chaikin, nasa

    American author and science journalist chats with Universe University.

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    Episode 16: On the Shoulders of Giants

    Episode  |  October 28th, 2020  |  39 mins 39 secs
    history, nasa, science, space, universe university

    Nearly half a century before the space age began in earnest, a few brilliant visionaries had the courage to look beyond their own time and see humanity’s future.

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    Bonus After Talk: Reflections on Mars (part 2 of 2)

    Episode  |  May 27th, 2020  |  48 mins 52 secs
    history, nasa, science, space, universe university

    Host and producer discuss the future of space travel and manned missions to Mars.

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    Bonus After Talk: Reflections on Mars (part 1 of 2)

    Episode  |  May 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    history, nasa, science, space, universe university

    Host and producer discuss the future of manned space travel.

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    Interstellar Culture

    Article  |  May 18th, 2020
    By Chris Grant
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    Destiny in the Stars

    Article  |  May 4th, 2020
    By Chris Grant

    Human destiny lies in outer space... but we have yet to take the first real step towards that destiny by sending humans to Mars.

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    After Talk for Episode 15 w/Robert Zubrin PhD

    Episode  |  April 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 43 mins
    artemis, elon musk, mars, mars society, nasa, robert zubrin, spacex, starship

    The Brilliant Dr. Zubrin discusses his career in aerospace engineering, Elon Musk, and his own personal philosophy of space flight.

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    Episode 15: Life on Mars

    Episode  |  April 13th, 2020  |  58 mins 32 secs
    artemis, elon musk, mars, mars society, nasa, robert zubrin, spacex, starship

    Will the first astronauts to set foot on Mars find life on the Red Planet?

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    After Talk for Episode 14 w/Nick Conant

    Episode  |  February 13th, 2020  |  1 hr 36 mins
    history, nasa, science, space, universe university

    Planetarium science communicator sits down for a chat about astronomy.

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    Episode 14: Harbingers of Cataclysm

    Episode  |  January 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 26 secs
    history, nasa, science, space, universe university

    A journey through history to understand comets and asteroids as well as the threats they pose to all life on Earth.

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    Year-End-Review

    Episode  |  December 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 26 mins
    history, nasa, science, space shuttle, universe university

    Host and producer recap a year of podcasting in a holiday after talk.

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    After Talk for Episode 13 w/Alex Roland PhD

    Episode  |  December 3rd, 2019  |  48 mins 10 secs
    challenger, columbia, nasa, shuttle program

    Professor Alex Roland joins the program to discuss the American space shuttle.

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    Episode 13: The Legend of Icarus

    Episode  |  November 25th, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins
    challenger, columbia, history, nasa, science, space, space shuttle, universe university

    The space shuttle was a vehicle unlike anything that had ever flown in space... but the shuttle program came at the ultimate price.

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    After Talk for Episode 12 w/ Guest Konnor Blunt

    Episode  |  October 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    blunt report, flying saucers, history, nasa, project blue book, roswell, science, sleep paralysis, space

    Host, Producer, and fellow science podcaster discuss the UFO phenomenon.

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    Episode 12: The UFO Enigma

    Episode  |  October 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    cold war, flying saucers, history, nasa, project blue book, roswell, space, ufos

    From 1947 to 1969, the U.S. government was involved with multiple projects designed to investigate mysterious objects flying in the skies of the planet Earth.

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    The First Man

    Article  |  July 24th, 2019
    By Chris Grant
    apollo 11, buzz aldrin, first man, galileo, john glen, kepler, moon, nasa, neil armstrong

    Who was the first human being in history to realize that landing human beings on the moon would be even theoretically possible?