On this edition of Talkin’ Science. Hayabusa’s sample capsule returns to Earth in a triumph for the Japanese Space Agency. December’s night skies set to put on a show – with the Geminid meteor shower and the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn coming up.
A Trekzone Conversation
The Japanese Space Agency aims to complete it’s near-Earth asteroid sample mission with the landing of the precious cargo in the remote South Australian area of Woomera.
The BBC releases the trailer for the forthcoming Doctor Who New Years special, Titan Publishing releases a teaser for issue 78 of their Star Trek magazine, Creation Entertainment invites 85 Star Trek alumni and alumnae to their SciFi Summits across the US summer and we tease Trekzone in 2021!
Hayabusa-2’s mission control announced yesterday that they’re ready for orbital insertion with just a few days to go until it drops off the sample capsule. Meanwhile new research indicates long term astronauts are at risk of rapid ageing and a quartet of radio telescopes have discovered we’re a little closer to the centre of the galaxy.
Adjunct Professor David Flannery is our guest this week as we gear up for the return of Hayabusa-2. With the Japanese mission leading NASA’s Osiris-REx and Perseverance Rover as well as China’s Changy’e 5, what can samples returned from around the solar system tell us?
We remember the Father of Star Trek who has passed away. Plus we have details on new comics to be released in February, Jack’s back on Doctor Who and your first look at the new Trekzone podcasts kicking off January 1.
As China launches it’s Changy’e 5 lunar sample mission, Rocket Labs recovers it’s first booster and the NSF decide to condemn the Arecibo dish after it was deemed too unsafe to repair.
A collection of early 2010-era docos by William Shatner have been compiled into a BluRay set, ready for Christmas stocking stuffing. Meanwhile IDW Publishing release their first Voyager comic mini-series, Anson Mount joins METI – aiming to contact ET and LeVar Burton thanks fans for championing him as the new host of Jeopardy…
Larry Nemecek’s back on Trekzone as we countdown the days until the sixth installment of Star Trek: Discovery’s epic third season. They’ve jumped 900 years into the future to save the galaxy from the sphere data only to discover a shattered utopia in the Federation.
Crew-1 blasts off from the cape as SpaceX helps NASA officially get back to launching from American soil over ten years after the shuttle retired. Scientists now theorise the mysterious dark matter hangs out at the outer edges of spiral galaxies – not the center. And new theories about Hawking Radiation as new research suggests something of you would survive an encounter with a black hole.
ViacomCBS CEO delivered a huge confidence boost to the numerous Star Trek production teams, essentially promoting the series as a tentpole for the forthcoming rebranding of CBS All Access and global launch of Paramount+. Meanwhile, on the Fox lot, The Orville production kicks off again in December and plans to honour Leonard Nimoy gain family support in Boston.
Scientists now estimate that half of all sun-like stars have Earth-like planets, now we hope they’ve had similar evolutionary paths and have complex life on them. Lunar’s twin – astronomers now believe an asteroid hiding behind Mars and first found more than 20 years ago, is a long lost relative of our moon. And snagging a magnetar, a super dense neutron star, during a recent fast radio burst… how they did it may surprise you.
Marc Cushman’s These Are The Voyages novels detailing the early years of Star Trek have been revised and re-released. We received some advanced copies almost a year ago and tucked them away in our bookcase. That was until a few weeks when Doug posted about the great read that they are, and we got to talking about them, the enduring franchise of Star Trek and more in this edition of A Trekzone Conversation…
It’s been close on five years since we first heard the name Axanar, and there’s still been no follow up to the critically acclaimed Prelude to Axanar. Probably because all of the key players moved on long ago and one man continues to suckle from the teet of generous and loyal followers. Axamonitor’s Carlos Pedraza is back for our second part of this catch up.
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