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This month marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of NASA. Our panelists discuss what may be next for NASA, and the latest news from out of this world, including the search for Planet X, the aborted mission to the International Space Station, and the Hubble and Chandra glitches.

Space News

Feb 20, 2018

The latest news from out of this world.  We’ll preview the NASA launch schedule for 2018 and discuss the role commercial space flight might play in satellite launches and human exploration of space. 

Guests:  Dr. Julie Ziffer, Physics Professor at the University of Southern Maine.  She was part of an international research team that was the first to discover water-ice on an asteroid surface.  The International Astronomical Union recognized her contributions to planetary science by naming asteroid 7909 Ziffer in her honor.


Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium at the University of Maine. He's also the president of the International Planetarium Society, Inc.


Jason Crusan, Division Director for NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems.

News from Space

Jul 10, 2017

From the upcoming total solar eclipse to the latest news from private space launches, we’ll check in with our amateur and professional astronomers for what to look for up in the sky in the coming weeks.

Guests:  Edward Gleason, University of Southern Maine Planetarium Manager

Shawn Laatsch, Director, Emera Astronomy Center & Jordon Planetarium, UMaine

Bernie Reim, author of the monthly astronomy column in the Portland Press Herald and an astronomy lab instructor at the University of Southern Maine

Astronomy News

Jan 27, 2017

Astronomy experts join us to discuss which celestial events to be on the watch for in the coming year. What's up at the International Space Station? What are the Mars Rovers up to?


Nancy Atkinson, Contributing Editor for Universe Today. Author of Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our Views of the Cosmos. (via ISDN)

Edward Gleason, astronomer and manager of the Southworth Planetarium at the University of Southern Maine

News from Space

Nov 15, 2016

The latest news from out of this world ... from the Supermoon to new findings from Mars.


Edward Gleason, University of Southern Maine planetarium manager

Shawn Laatsch, Director, Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, University of Maine

From the Juno spacecraft mission to Jupiter, to the second discovery of gravitational waves, to the completion of the largest telescope on earth, we explore the latest from news from inside our galaxy and beyond.

Guests:  Edward Gleason, Astronomer and Manager of the Southworth Planetarium at USM

  Elizabeth McGrath, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Colby College

  Shawn Laatsch, Director, Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, University of Maine

What's new at NASA and beyond?  

Guests:  Professor Neil Comins

  Edward Gleason, USM Planetarium Manager/Astronomer

Dean Cheng
The Heritage Foundation

Dean Cheng brings detailed knowledge of China’s military and space capabilities to bear as The Heritage Foundation’s research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs. He specializes in China’s military and foreign policy, in particular its relationship with the rest of Asia and with the United States.

Cheng has written extensively on China’s military doctrine, technological implications of its space program and “dual use” issues associated with the communist nation’s industrial and scientific infrastructure.

'Cosmos' and Space

Jun 23, 2014

Few things are more fun, fascinating and educational than gazing into the night sky to see and learn about all that's happening away from the pale blue dot we call home. The success of the re-imagined TV show "Cosmos," starring Neil DeGrasse Tyson, has renewed interest in space, exploration and the science of astronomy.

  Look! Up in the night sky! It's a meteor, its an asteroid, its a falling satellite!

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by 

Neil F. Comins, Ph.D., Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of Maine 

Nicole Hastings, Assistant in Instruction, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Bates College

and Jerry LaSala, Professor of Physics and Director of the Southworth Planetarium at USM

  Recently the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations hosted a talk by Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, a faculty member at the Naval War College and the former Director of the Center for Space Policy and Law at the University of Florida.

  The latest news from the world of space exploration.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by :

Professor Neil Comins, astrophysicist, astronomer, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine

and Andrew Chaikin, author, speaker, space journalist


Christian Science Monitor Article on the Mars Lander - be sure to check out the embedded video.