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If you’re fascinated by the idea of humans traveling through space and curious about how that all works, you’ve come to the right place. This is the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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Rendezvous with Mars
Patrick Chai, aerospace engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, covers the challenges and needs for getting humans to Mars and the options for propulsion, duration, time, staging, and more that will be considered on this third episode of our Mars Monthly series. HWHAP Episode 151.
Jul 03, 2020
Technology vs. Space
Wesley Gordon, program manager for the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) facility at Alpha Space, highlights the work aboard the station that provides the capability to test materials and technologies to the harsh environment of space. HWHAP Episode 150.
Jun 26, 2020
NASA Photographers
James Blair, Robert Markowitz, and Josh Valcarcel are among the NASA photographers who find themselves in the second seat of a T-38 jet, or taking studio portraits, and everywhere in between, documenting history and the many facets of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 149.
Jun 19, 2020
Space Station in 360 VR
Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael, co-founders and creative directors of Felix & Paul Studios and the International Space Station Experience Virtual Reality film, go into the details of how they are working alongside NASA to create a 360-degree, virtual experience with immersive views of space station life and research. HWHAP Episode 148.
Jun 12, 2020
Concepts Near Science Fiction
Jason Derleth, Program Executive for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program at NASA’s Headquarters in Washington, breaks down concepts near science fiction and explains how some find their way into how we plan for missions to deep space on this second episode of our Mars Monthly series. HWHAP Episode 147.
Jun 05, 2020
Neutral Buoyancy
Kristie Melass and Jim Fuderer, Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory divers, describe life as part of the underwater diving teams that help astronauts train for spacewalks. HWHAP Episode 146.
May 29, 2020
SpaceX Demo-2
NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken test their knowledge about each other, plus flight director Zebulon Scoville give us a glimpse into this end-to-end test flight before Doug and Bob’s launch aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and a Falcon 9 rocket on May 27. HWHAP Episode 145.
May 22, 2020
Space Hygiene
Elisca Hicks and Mike Berrill, crew systems operations instructors, answer top questions about space hygiene that NASA receives and help us understand how astronauts are trained to shower, shave, and go to the bathroom in space. HWHAP Episode 144.
May 15, 2020
Space Health Technologies
Dr. Dorit Donoviel and Dr. Kristin Fabre, Director of TRISH and Senior Innovation Scientist, are helping NASA solve challenges and prepare for deep space travel through the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) by connecting with the most innovative technology, companies and researchers all over the world. HWHAP Episode 143.
May 08, 2020
Preparing For Mars
Michelle Rucker, Mars Integration Lead at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, discusses how we are building on our current knowledge and capabilities and breaks down the considerations for getting to, living on, and getting back from Mars on this first episode of our Mars Monthly series. HWHAP Episode 142.
May 01, 2020
The View From Above
Dr. William Stefanov, manager of the Exploration Science Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, shares his expertise in observing the third rock from the sun on this Earth Day 50th anniversary episode. HWHAP Episode 141.
Apr 22, 2020
Soyuz Landing
Hear a behind-the-scenes narrative into the operational intricacies of a 2018 Soyuz landing and the choreography of personnel, vehicles, and more when recovering the astronauts and cosmonauts returning to Earth from the International Space Station. HWHAP Episode 140.
Apr 17, 2020
Apollo 13
James A. Lovell and Fred W. Haise, two of the crew members of Apollo 13, chronicle their days at NASA, their careers, and their fateful mission that began 50 years ago on April 11, 1970. HWHAP Episode 139.
Apr 10, 2020
Captain and Commander
hris Cassidy, NASA astronaut and Navy SEAL, shares his background, his love for physical fitness and math, and the valuable lessons he has learned leading up to his 3rd trip to space in April 2020. HWHAP Episode 138.
Apr 03, 2020
The Untouched Apollo Samples
Charis Krysher and Andrea Mosie, lunar curation processor and senior scientist specialist, respectively, discuss opening and processing Apollo 17 lunar samples that have been preserved for 47 years. HWHAP Episode 137.
Mar 27, 2020
Be a NASA Astronaut
NASA astronaut Kayla Barron and Anne Roemer, astronaut selection manager, deep dive into the astronaut selection process and astronaut candidate training while taking questions from social media during a live broadcast on March 6, 2020. HWHAP Episode 136.
Mar 20, 2020
NASA Tech in the World
Kris Romig, Commercialization Services Lead, shares how NASA technology goes beyond the agency and lives on in commercial industries and academia, and making its way into our daily lives. HWHAP Episode 135.
Mar 13, 2020
Sampling Science in a Lab Aloft
International Space Station Program Chief Scientist Kirt Costello talks about some of the interesting new research underway in Earth’s orbiting laboratory right now, and shares results of earlier experiments that are already making a difference for life in space and on Earth. HWHAP Episode 134.
Mar 06, 2020
International Space Station and Beyond
Dr. Gary Kitmacher, communications and education mission manager for the International Space Station program, returns to the podcast to discuss the design, assembly, and evolution of the International Space Station, and how this orbiting laboratory informs future spacecraft designs. HWHAP Episode 133
Feb 28, 2020
Early Space Stations
Dr. Gary Kitmacher, communications and education mission manager for the International Space Station program, talks through the early concepts of space station design and introduces us to the astronomers, authors, and engineers that contributed to modern-day space travel and the International Space Station. HWHAP Episode 132
Feb 21, 2020
Train Like an Astronaut
Kathy Bolt, chief training officer and CAPCOM, gives us a peek inside the world of training as an astronaut, how it has evolved, and how we are training our astronauts for future missions. HWHAP Episode 131.
Feb 14, 2020
Mission Patches
Sean Collins, lead graphic designer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, discusses the history, design and symbolism that goes into creating the iconic NASA mission patches. HWHAP Episode 130.
Feb 07, 2020
Art and Spaceflight
Retired astronaut Nicole Stott, an artist who uses painting to express the feelings and emotions she experienced on station, talks about her spaceflight experience and the importance of art as a form of expression and inspiration. HWHAP Episode 129.
Jan 31, 2020
Space Radiation
Jason Weeks and Steve Platts discuss the ways NASA is collecting radiation data to better understand the risks and possible mitigation strategies for humans traveling through deep space. This is the last in a six part series on NASA’s Human Research Program. HWHAP Episode 128.
Jan 24, 2020
Making It Work in Space
Brandon Vessey and Cherie Oubre discuss how they integrate and manage all the human research work in areas such as human performance, health, and radiation for research on the International Space Station, on Earth, and for future space exploration. This is part five of a six part series on NASA’s Human Research Program. HWHAP episode 127.
Jan 17, 2020
Fighting Space Effects
Laura Bollweg and Peter Norsk detail the effects that the microgravity environment has on human health, what we’re doing to counteract some of these effects, and the studies taking place to better understand how the Moon and Mars may have different impacts. This is part four of a six part series on NASA’s Human Research Program. HWHAP Episode 126.
Jan 10, 2020
Deep Space Healthcare
Nancy Fleming and Kris Lehnhardt describe the challenges of providing the necessary medical capabilities to astronauts traveling deeper into space. This is part three of a six part series on NASA’s Human Research Program. HWHAP Episode 125.
Jan 03, 2020
The Human Element
Aaron Allcorn and Tom Williams discuss NASA’s efforts to understand the optimal spaceflight environment that maximizes human performance. This is part two of a six part series on NASA’s Human Research Program. HWHAP Episode 124.
Dec 27, 2019
Humans in Space
Dr. Jenn Fogarty gives an overview of the Human Research Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center. This is the first in a series of six episodes that dive deep into the work being done to understand what exactly happens to the human body in space. HWHAP Episode 123.
Dec 20, 2019
NASA and the Texas Economy
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar talks about managing finances for the Lone Star State and for its citizens. Hegar describes the economic impact of NASA on the state of Texas based on a report drafted by the Comptroller's office. HWHAP Episode 122.
Dec 13, 2019
Apollo 17
Dr. Harrison Schmitt, the Apollo 17 lunar module pilot and the only geologist to walk on the Moon, discusses the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program, his Apollo 17 mission, what is scientifically interesting about the Moon, and what we have to look forward to during the Artemis program. HWHAP Episode 121.
Dec 06, 2019
Artemis Spacesuits
Chris Hansen, manager of the Extravehicular Activity Office, talks about the next generation of spacesuits that will be used during the Artemis Program. Hansen discusses the features, development, and testing of the two suits, and he previews upcoming milestones before these new suits are worn by the next astronauts on the Moon. HWHAP Episode 120.
Nov 29, 2019
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer: The Tools
Heather Bergman, Justin Cassidy, and Drew Hood discuss how unique tools were developed to complete the on-orbit repair of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a space particle detector that’s hot on the trail of dark matter and dark energy. This is part three of a three-part series on AMS. HWHAP Episode 119.
Nov 21, 2019
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer: The Spacewalks
Tara Jochim and Brian Mader talk about a unique and difficult set of spacewalks to repair an experiment called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. The two discuss the work that has been done so far to prepare for these spacewalks and what the teams will be doing to execute these complicated maneuvers. HWHAP Episode 118.
Nov 15, 2019
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer: The Science
Dr. Brandon Reddell discusses astrophysics, cosmology, and the science behind the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an experiment looking for evidence of antimatter and dark matter in the cosmos. This is part one of a three-part series on AMS. HWHAP Episode 117.
Nov 08, 2019
Apollo vs. Artemis
Nujoud Merancy, Exploration Mission Planning Office Chief, returns to the podcast to explain how the mission architecture of the Artemis program differs from Apollo and why it is important to develop a sustainable presence on the Moon. HWHAP Episode 116.
Nov 01, 2019
Air to Space
General Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, and Nick Hague, U.S. Air Force colonel and NASA astronaut, discuss how the Air Force and NASA work together and the future in space for the Air Force, NASA, and the Space Force. HWHAP Episode 115.
Oct 25, 2019
The Value of the Moon
Samuel Lawrence, planetary scientist and lead lunar exploration scientist, discusses what we’ve learned about the Moon and some of the more interesting questions that we hope to answer when humans return in the Artemis program. HWHAP Episode 114.
Oct 18, 2019
Lessons of Apollo
Science journalist and Apollo historian Andrew Chaikin discusses why the Moon is a desirable object for exploration and makes the case for ​applying the lessons of the Apollo lunar program to NASA's Artemis program. HWHAP Episode 113.
Oct 11, 2019
21st Century Space Travel
A discussion of historical space policy with Stephen Garber and Glen Asner, co-authors of "Origins of 21st Century Space Travel," which examines the formation of NASA's Decadal Planning Team, the tragic Columbia accident, and the direction of NASA after the accident, which they argue shapes how the agency is laid out today. HWHAP Episode 112.
Oct 04, 2019
The SpaceX Crew Dragon
Benji Reed, director of Crew Mission Management for SpaceX, talks about the SpaceX Crew Dragon, the testing and training thus far including an uncrewed mission to the station, and the exciting future for the commercial crew vehicle. HWHAP Episode 111.
Sep 27, 2019
From the Seas to the Stars
NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir talks about her path to becoming an astronaut, her education in biology and space, her research studying marine mammals and birds in Antarctica, and her training to prepare for her first space mission. HWHAP Episode 110.
Sep 18, 2019
Women of JSC: Apollo to Artemis
Women Excelling in Life & Leadership (WELL) hosted a panel discussion highlighting the legacy of women in spaceflight with panelists who worked at NASA during Apollo and current employees who carry on that legacy today. HWHAP Episode 109.
Sep 13, 2019
The Boeing Starliner
Tony Castilleja and Celena Dopart, Boeing engineers, talk about the Boeing Starliner spacecraft and all the testing and training happening to get the vehicle and crew ready for the first missions. HWHAP Episode 108.
Sep 06, 2019
The Overview Effect
Space philosopher and author Frank White discusses the impact of looking down at the Earth from above, and how it can create a shift in the way astronauts view and think about our planet and life itself. HWHAP Episode 107.
Aug 30, 2019
Student-Built Space Hardware
Bob Zeek and Stacy Hale talk about how students can build and fly hardware to the International Space Station as part of a program called HUNCH. Students in over two hundred schools across the country are doing hardware manufacturing, soft goods training, software development, culinary science and creating videos for station. HWHAP Episode 106.
Aug 23, 2019
Recycling Water and Air
Laura Shaw, the International Space Station Program Lead for Exploration Life Support Systems, discusses the systems on the station that create a livable and comfortable space for astronauts and cosmonauts. Shaw describes how improving these systems will be critical for exploring the Moon and Mars. HWHAP Episode 105.
Aug 16, 2019
In Case of Emergency
Jason Hutt, Orion Crew Systems Integrations Lead, explains how the crew is prepared to respond effectively in the unlikely event of an emergency on board the Orion spacecraft at any stage of flight. HWHAP Episode 104.
Aug 09, 2019
Space Tourism and Commercialization
Mike Read, International Space Station Commercial Space Utilization Manager, discusses NASA's new directive that further opens up the station for commercialization and space tourism with the goal of developing a robust economy in low-Earth orbit.​ HWHAP Episode 103.
Aug 02, 2019
The Next First Steps
Today's leaders of the human spaceflight programs at NASA discuss how Apollo 11 influenced their lives and careers and share their thoughts on the value of putting the "human" in human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 102.
Jul 26, 2019
Lesser-Known Stories of Apollo 11
NASA historian Jennifer Ross-Nazzal shares some of the lesser known stories of the Apollo 11 mission 50 years after the historic landing of humans on the Moon. Alumni from NASA's Apollo program share memories from their unique roles in those missions. HWHAP Episode 101.
Jul 19, 2019
Apollo 11 to Now
For the 100th episode, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine discusses the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing as NASA continues to move forward towards an exciting future with a sustainable lunar presence. HWHAP Episode 100.
Jul 12, 2019
The Best of Year Two
Houston, we have a birthday! Episode 99 is a special episode to celebrate two years of Houston We Have a Podcast. Host Gary Jordan sits down with audio engineer Alex Perryman, co-host Pat Ryan, and co-host Dan Huot to talk about their favorite moments from this past year of episodes. HWHAP Episode 99.
Jul 05, 2019
Soldier, Physician, Astronaut
NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan shares his journey just before his first spaceflight. Morgan talks about his education, his time as a flight surgeon in the military, and his experience parachuting out of planes. He and his wife Stacey share how they are preparing their family for Morgan's nine month extended stay in space. HWHAP Episode 98.
Jun 28, 2019
Crowdsourcing
Lynn Buquo and Steve Rader discuss how NASA is using crowdsourcing as a way to support research and development efforts by tapping into the expertise of global communities to create innovative, efficient and optimal solutions for real world challenges. HWHAP Episode 97.
Jun 21, 2019
Restoring the Apollo Mission Control Center
Sandra Tetley and Adam Graves discuss the journey of restoring the historic Apollo Mission Control Center to look and feel exactly as it did in July 1969 during the moments before, during, and after the moon landing. Ben Feist then focuses on the cleanup of the audio tapes for the restoration project. HWHAP Episode 96.
Jun 14, 2019
Spaceship Crash Testing
Mark Baldwin, Orion Occupant Protection Specialist, talks about crash testing of the Orion spacecraft and why it is important to keep the crew safe during some of the most critical moments of their mission. HWHAP Episode 95.
Jun 07, 2019
Mental Health with Shinedown
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, NASA chats with the rock band Shinedown about the similarities and importance of mental health for orbiting astronauts, touring band members… and everyone! HWHAP Episode 94.
May 31, 2019
Space Medicine at Comicpalooza
Science fiction meets science fact during a live panel discussion at Comicpalooza in Houston about current medical innovations in space with NASA medical scientists and Star Trek: The Next Generation star Gates McFadden. HWHAP Episode 93.
May 24, 2019
Apollo 10
In this recording of a live panel at the Johnson Space Center, experts discuss the historic Apollo 10 mission and how the lessons learned from that time will help us achieve our goal of returning to the Moon in 2024. HWHAP Episode 92.
May 17, 2019
The Heroes Behind the Heroes: Part 4
In part four of this series, the team of scientists and technical staff turns 19,000 hours of digitized audio into transcripts, all of which can be accessed online. HWHAP Episode 91.
May 10, 2019
The Heroes Behind the Heroes: Part 3
In part three of a special series, the heroes take on another technical challenge to rescue the Apollo 11 mission control tapes for posterity and for academic research. HWHAP Episode 90.
May 03, 2019
The Heroes Behind the Heroes: Part 2
In part two of this special edition of the podcast, John Hansen and Greg Wiseman take the first crack at repairing the only machine capable of playing back the voice recordings of Apollo 11 flight controllers, and they soon find out they're going to need some help. HWHAP Episode 89.
Apr 26, 2019
The Heroes Behind the Heroes
In this special edition of the podcast, the voices of the people who saved a piece of American spaceflight history tell the tale of reviving an obsolete piece of audio equipment that was vital to digitizing the voice recordings of the Apollo 11 flight controllers in Houston. HWHAP Episode 88.
Apr 19, 2019
Twins Study
Dr. Andy Feinberg and Dr. Steve Platts discuss the history and details behind the Twins Study. The experts reveal some of the findings from the multi-year endeavor packed with 10 different investigations. HWHAP Episode 87.
Apr 13, 2019
Pathways
Jonathan Abary, Pathways program manager, and Alexis Vance, Pathways intern in the crew and thermal systems division, discuss the Pathways internship program at NASA Johnson Space Center. HWHAP Episode 86.
Apr 05, 2019
Space City
Prominent local business leaders Cindy DeWease, William Harris, and Bob Mitchell discuss how the presence of the Johnson Space Center in Houston impacts the community and vice versa. HWHAP Episode 85.
Mar 29, 2019
Engage Thrusters
Steve Barsi, European Service Module Propulsion Subsystem Manager, discusses the Orion spacecraft’s propulsion system, how it works and why it's suited for deep space travel. HWHAP Episode 84.
Mar 22, 2019
How to Plan a Spacewalk
Spacewalk experts Tara Jochim and Art Thomason discuss the intense planning over months and sometimes years that goes into the complicated choreography of a spacewalk. HWHAP Episode 83.
Mar 15, 2019
Resident Extreme
NASA Astronaut Christina Koch and her husband, Bob Koch, discuss Christina's path to becoming an astronaut—her childhood in North Carolina, her education, and her work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and in remote locations all around the world—as she gets ready to make the first spaceflight of her career. HWHAP Episode 82.
Mar 08, 2019
The Next Generation of Spaceflight Leaders
Mohammed Saibu and Juan Carlos Lopez, who are pursuing leadership roles at NASA through a program called FIRST, discuss some of the challenges of leadership and how this program will build successful leaders who will be the ones to put boots on our nearest celestial neighbors. HWHAP Episode 81.
Mar 01, 2019
From American Soil
Steve Stich, Deputy Manager for Commercial Crew, discusses how we are once again launching astronauts from American soil. Stich talks about the astronauts flying in the commercial crew spacecrafts, the upcoming test missions, and the role of private industry in the future of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 80.
Feb 22, 2019
Livable Space
John Lewis, Orion ECLS (Environmental Control and Life Support) system manager, discusses how the Orion spacecraft will keep the crew inside comfortable – and more importantly, alive – during a mission into deep space. HWHAP Episode 79.
Feb 15, 2019
Apollo 1 Fire
Expert guests from the Apollo program reveal more behind the challenges faced to successfully land humans on the Moon in less than three years after the tragic Apollo 1 fire. HWHAP Episode 78.
Feb 08, 2019
Apollo 8: Part 2
Vanessa Wyche, Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center, leads a panel discussion with key players of the Apollo program to learn critical lessons that can be applied to NASA’s future human spaceflight missions to the Moon and Mars. HWHAP Episode 77.
Feb 01, 2019
Apollo 8: Part 1
On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 launch, resident historian Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal recounts one of the most significant missions in human spaceflight history, featuring interviews with Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman and Bill Anders. HWHAP Episode 76.
Dec 22, 2018
Radiation Shielding
Matt Lemke, Orion avionics, power and software deputy manager, discusses how Orion is radiation-hardened so the systems inside can withstand the harsh environment of space. HWHAP Episode 75.
Dec 14, 2018
Fly 'Em All
NASA Astronaut Anne McClain discusses her journey to space, from her education, her time in the Army as an aviator, and her training to become an astronaut. HWHAP Episode 74.
Dec 07, 2018
The International Space Station Begins: Part 2
Jerry Ross, former NASA astronaut, talks about the first mission to assemble the International Space Station and his experience conducting the mission's three spacewalks. The milestone shuttle mission STS-88 brought the Unity module to join Zarya, the first element of the space station. HWHAP Episode 73.
Nov 30, 2018
The International Space Station Begins: Part 1
Doug Drewry, former FGB Program Manager, discusses leading the joint U.S and Russian teams during the development and launch of Zarya, the first element of the International Space Station, for its 20th anniversary in space. HWHAP Episode 72.
Nov 23, 2018
Apollo and The Moon
John Gruener and Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, planetary scientist and historian, respectively, team up to discuss both the science and history of the Apollo program, the Moon, and the Johnson Space Center. HWHAP Episode 71.
Nov 16, 2018
Organs on Chips in Space
Dr. Lucie Low, Scientific Program Manager at the National Institutes of Health, talks about tiny devices the size of the thumb drive that replicate the structure and function of human organs. Low discusses the importance of testing these devices in space. HWHAP Episode 70.
Nov 09, 2018
Navigating Deep Space
Dr. Greg Holt, Navigation Lead for the Orion spacecraft, discusses how the vehicle finds its way through deep space and communicates with Earth along the way. HWHAP Episode 69.
Nov 02, 2018
NASA in Hollywood
Bob Jacobs, Bert Ulrich, and Bill Barry share stories of NASA working closely with filmmakers on features and documentaries. The cast and crew of "First Man" and family members of the real astronauts portrayed in the film also share their perspective on human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 68.
Oct 26, 2018
NASA's 60th Anniversary - Live!
For NASA’s 60th Anniversary, Houston We Have a Podcast took to the stage with science fiction writers Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, and publishing agent DongWon Song, as well as NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren to discuss how real science and science fiction have influenced each other. HWHAP Episode 67.
Oct 19, 2018
5,000°F
Ronny Baccus, Orion structures and thermal protection system functional area manager, discusses how Orion deals with temperatures around 5,000°F when screaming back into Earth's atmosphere at 25,000 miles per hour. HWHAP Episode 66.
Oct 12, 2018
We're Not in Kansas Anymore
NASA astronaut Nick Hague and his wife, Lt. Col. Catie Hague, talk about Nick’s journey to becoming an astronaut, his education, and his time in the U.S Air Force. The couple discusses how their family is prepared for the journey ahead. HWHAP Episode 65.
Oct 05, 2018
Space Weather
Dr. Steve Johnson, Senior Scientist of the Space Radiation Analysis Group, discusses what's being done right now to document radiation exposure, not only to ensure our astronauts stay healthy, but to understand weather in space. HWHAP Episode 64.
Sep 28, 2018
Reach New Heights and Reveal the Unknown
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer describe the mission and direction of America's space agency after a visit from Vice President Mike Pence. The two agency leaders discuss commercialization, human missions to the Moon, and the difference between NASA and Space Force. HWHAP Episode 63.
Sep 21, 2018
Escaping A Speeding Rocket
Jon Olansen and Jenny Devolites, leads for the Orion Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) crew module and AA-2 launch abort vehicle test mission, discuss the critical test of the abort system if a failure were to happen while the Space Launch System rocket was ascending. HWHAP Episode 62.
Sep 14, 2018
Hazard 5: Environments
Dr. Brian Crucian, a biological studies and immunology expert, discusses the hazard of hostile and closed environments in space. Crucian serves as the principal investigator for a NASA functional immune study. This is part five of the five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 61.
Sep 07, 2018
Hazard 4: Gravity
Dr. Peter Norsk, Senior Research Director and Element Scientist at Baylor College of Medicine based here at NASA, describes the hazard of altered gravity fields and its effects on the human body. This is part four of a five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 60.
Aug 31, 2018
Hazard 3: Distance
Dr. Erik Antonsen, element scientist and emergency physician, discusses the hazard of traveling farther away from Earth an ever before, especially how to provide appropriate medical care with limited resources and challenging communications. This is part three of a five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 59.
Aug 24, 2018
Hazard 2: Isolation
Dr. Tom Williams leads a research team that looks into isolation and confinement, focusing on habitability and behavioral health and performance risks to spaceflight. This is part two of a five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 58.
Aug 17, 2018
Hazard 1: Radiation
Dr. Zarana Patel, a portfolio lead scientist at NASA's Johnson Space Center, is responsible for management and scientific oversight of degenerative tissue risk of space radiation. This is part one of a five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 57.
Aug 10, 2018
Dr. Spaceman
Dr. Mike Barratt, NASA astronaut, physician and a flight surgeon, shares his story of living in space. Barratt addresses five hazards of human spaceflight and why these challenges need to be addressed to make deep-space missions successful. HWHAP Episode 56.
Aug 03, 2018
Living Off the Land
John Gruener and Steve Hoffman discuss in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), the ability to find and use natural resources beyond Earth. HWHAP Episode 55.
Jul 27, 2018
Small Business, Cosmic Goals
Tabi Taliwaku Kalisa, program manager of NASA's Small Business Programs, shares how NASA helps small businesses to get involved in space exploration and scientific discovery by working with them from the spark of an idea to literally being a part of the space industry. HWHAP Episode 54.
Jul 20, 2018
Mars is Hard. Here's Why.
Dr. Stan Love, NASA astronaut and all-around smart guy, flew to the International Space Station in 2008 and has worked on a number of flight analog programs to understand how to conduct deep-space missions. Love explores the challenges that will need to be tackled to make a mission to Mars successful. HWHAP Episode 53.
Jul 13, 2018
Houston, We Have a Birthday
Houston, We Have a Podcast celebrates its first year. Gary Jordan (host) sits down with Alex Perryman (audio) and Dan Huot (co-host) to reminisce about their favorite moments and incredible guests. HWHAP Episode 52.
Jul 06, 2018
Airspace
Harry Roberts, Flight Operation Supervisor for the Aircraft Operations Division out at Ellington Field Airport, talks about aeronautics at NASA. Roberts describes the operations out at Ellington Field and the aircraft itself that helped to make human spaceflight possible. HWHAP Episode 51.
Jun 29, 2018
DNA Sequencing
Dr. Sarah Wallace talks about her instrumental role in sequencing DNA for the very first time in space. DNA sequencing can be used for things in space from monitoring the crew members' health to identifying microbes, and potentially detecting life in the solar system. HWHAP Episode 50.
Jun 22, 2018
Launch America
Kathy Lueders, Manager of the Commercial Crew Program, gives us a brief history of the program, how it started, and where it is now. Leuders talks about the 2 commercial companies, Boeing and SpaceX, and their space vehicles that will carry astronauts into low Earth orbit. HWHAP Episode 49.
Jun 15, 2018
Moon Rocks
Ryan Zeigler, a planetary scientist and the lunar sample curator, talks about the moon rocks brought to Earth during Apollo, the facilities that keep them, and what were still learning from them. HWHAP Episode 48.
Jun 07, 2018
Astronaut, M.D.
Serena Auñón-Chancellor shares her story about becoming an astronaut from her education in engineering and medicine to her time at NASA as a flight surgeon. Auñón-Chancellor discusses her training and expectations before her first trip to space. HWHAP Episode 47.
Jun 01, 2018
Stories of Unity
For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we team up with our Asian Employee Resource Group to share the stories from 4 guests on their unique paths coming to NASA from different backgrounds. HWHAP Episode 46.
May 25, 2018
Digital Space
Annette Moore, the Director of Information Resources and the Chief Information Officer at the Johnson Space Center, tells us about data and information in space as well as the tech we use for human spaceflight operations, including space station imagery and how it's changed over time. HWHAP Episode 45.
May 18, 2018
Spacecraft Displays
Jeff Fox, Chief Engineer of the Rapid Prototype Lab at the Johnson Space Center, tells the history and evolution of displays and controls in the space shuttle. Fox reveals details behind some of the new displays that are being designed to fly on the Orion spacecraft. HWHAP Episode 44
May 11, 2018
Diet Like an Astronaut
Dr. Scott Smith, NASA nutritionist and the manager for nutritional biochemistry, discusses the differences in the way astronauts have to eat in space versus the way we eat here on Earth. HWHAP Episode 43.
May 04, 2018
The Space Launch System: Part 2
Paul Bookout and David Smith continue their conversation about the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V: The Space Launch System. The experts discuss the construction, testing, evolution and potential of the skyscraper-sized launch vehicle. HWHAP Episode 42
Apr 27, 2018
The Space Launch System: Part 1
Paul Bookout and David Smith talk about the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V: The Space Launch System. The experts discuss what the rocket is made of, where it will go, and what will be inside. HWHAP Episode 41
Apr 20, 2018
Tough and Competent
Colonel TJ Creamer shares his story from humble beginnings in the military to tweeting from the International Space Station. Creamer describes his transition as the first and only individual to be both an astronaut and a flight director. HWHAP Episode 40.
Apr 13, 2018
BEAM and Expandable Spacecraft
Rajib Dasgupta and Gerard Valle talk about the commercial test module currently attached to the International Space Station called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). The respective former and current project managers for BEAM discuss the history and future of expandable spacecraft. HWHAP Episode 39.
Apr 06, 2018
Stories of Her Strength
For Women's History Month we brought in 4 women in leadership at the Johnson Space Center to share their stories of persevering through challenges and rising through the ranks. HWHAP Episode 38.
Mar 30, 2018
Human vs. Machine
Dr. Tina Holden, Human Factors Technical Fellow with Leidos, talks about the challenges that astronauts may face when interacting with computers. Holden discusses some of the research that has been done on the space station to investigate these issues. HWHAP Episode 37.
Mar 23, 2018
Teacher on Board
Ricky Arnold, NASA Astronaut, talks about his time as an educator, his first flight on the Space Shuttle, and his plans to teach from space during his first long-duration flight on the International Space Station starting on March 21, 2018. HWHAP Episode 36.
Mar 16, 2018
A Ride in Orion
Jeff Fox, Chief Engineer of the Rapid Prototype Lab, talks about some of the testing and training for Orion. Fox brings the actual audio from inside the Orion capsule during its first flight so you, the listener, can experience what it would be like to ride inside the spacecraft. HWHAP Episode 35.
Mar 09, 2018
A Seismic Journey
Drew Feustel, NASA Astronaut, talks about his education in Geology and Seismology, his previous 2 shuttle missions, and his expectations before launching on March 21, 2018 for his first long-duration mission in space. HWHAP Episode 34.
Mar 02, 2018
The Zero-G Workout
Dr. Andrea Hanson, Exercise Countermeasures Operations Lead, talks about what happens to the human body in microgravity, what NASA is doing about it, and how we can use this knowledge to go deeper into space. Hanson also describes some parts of astronaut exercise that have inspired her workouts. HWHAP Episode 33.
Feb 23, 2018
African American History Month
For African American History Month, we team up with our African American Employee Resource Group to bring 4 guests from different areas of expertise like life support systems, robotics, flight control and leadership to explain what they do and the paths they took to work at NASA. HWHAP Episode 32.
Feb 16, 2018
The James Webb Space Telescope
Jonathan Homan, Project Manager for Webb's Chamber A Testing, talks about how the James Webb Space Telescope has been designed, built, and tested, especially in the vacuum chamber here at the Johnson Space Center. He also describes what the telescope will be looking for in the universe and how it will work. HWHAP Episode 31.
Feb 09, 2018
Infamous Meteorites
Dr. Duck Mittlefehldt, Planetary Scientist, talks about some curious findings in meteorites and the adventures endured to procure them. HWHAP Episode 30.
Feb 02, 2018
The National Lab in Space
Patrick O'Neill, Marketing and Communications Manager at CASIS, talks about the part of the International Space Station designated as a U.S. National Laboratory, what that means, and how CASIS manages research from all over the world that could ultimately benefit humankind. HWHAP Episode 29.
Jan 26, 2018
3 Weeks in a Capsule
Jessica Vos, Crew Systems Engineer, talks about how astronauts will operate in the Orion capsule for deep-space missions that can go up to 3 weeks: like how they’ll eat, sleep, exercise, work, and if needed, be prepared for the worst. HWHAP Episode 28.
Jan 19, 2018
The Search for Life
Dr. Aaron Burton and Dr. Marc Fries, Planetary Scientists, talk about searching for organic material in meteorites from around the solar system. They share what we're finding that helps us understand the fundamentals of life here on Earth and possibly the universe. HWHAP Episode 27.
Jan 12, 2018
Can You Hear Me Now?
Bill Foster, Ground Controller in Mission Control Houston, talks about how space communication networks work and what they will look like for missions into deep space. HWHAP Episode 26.
Jan 05, 2018
A Rocket on a Rocket
Wahab Alshahin, Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer, talks about what a launch abort system is, how it works, and why it's necessary to send humans to space. HWHAP Episode 25
Dec 29, 2017
Space Habitat
Lisa Spence, Flight Analogs Project Manager, and Dr. Paul Haugen, HERA Operations Engineer, talk about the space habitat analog here in Texas. They talk about what it's like inside, what crewmembers do on missions, and how to sign up to participate in this study. HWHAP Episode 24.
Dec 22, 2017
Test Pilot to Astronaut
Scott Tingle, NASA Astronaut, talks about his education in mechanical engineering, his time in the Navy as a test pilot, and his astronaut training before his first mission to the International Space Station in December, 2017. HWHAP Episode 23.
Dec 15, 2017
Astronaut Health
Dr. Natacha Chough, Flight Surgeon, talks about what flight surgeons do and how they work with astronauts to monitor their health during spaceflight. She reveals health concerns that are unique to the space environment. HWHAP Episode 22.
Dec 08, 2017
Microgravity University
Mike McGlone, NASA Education Specialist, talks about how the different education programs here in Texas influence students to pursue careers in STEM and STEAM fields, including careers here at NASA. HWHAP Episode 21.
Dec 01, 2017
Special Delivery with NASA in Silicon Valley
Shane Kimbrough, NASA Astronaut, and Dennis Leveson-Gower, Senior Project Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, talk about cargo and science going to and from the International Space Station. Houston We Have a Podcast teams up with NASA in Silicon Valley Podcast. HWHAP Episode 20.
Nov 24, 2017
Weather to Launch
Tim Garner, Meteorologist in Charge at the Johnson Space Center, talks about how weather affects human spaceflight, especially for launches, landings, and tests. He also reveals how Hurricane Harvey impacted operations here in Houston. HWHAP Episode 19.
Nov 17, 2017
Mars
Dr. Doug Archer, Planetary Scientist, talks about Mars: what its made of, what it's like on the surface, and why it's such an intriguing place for humans to visit in the next giant leap. HWHAP Episode 18.
Nov 10, 2017
Orion
Nujoud Merancy, Mission Planning and Analysis Lead for the Orion spacecraft, talks about what Orion is, how it will work, what kinds of tests are being done, and where in space it will go. HWHAP Episode 17.
Nov 03, 2017
Spacesuits
Les Padilla, Hardware Manager of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), talks about spacesuits: how they work, what they're made of, how they've evolved over time, and what they'll look like in the future. HWHAP Episode 16.
Oct 27, 2017
Live from Space: Astronaut Photography
In a live recording from space, astronauts Randy "Komrade" Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli, Joe Acaba, and Mark "Sabot" Vande Hei talk about about photography and the view of Earth from the International Space Station. HWHAP Episode 15.
Oct 20, 2017
Robotic Arms in Space
Tim Braithwaite, Liaison Manager for the Canadian Space Agency, talks about robotic arms in space: how they were conceived and developed, how they work today, and how the technology is useful on Earth. HWHAP Episode 14.
Oct 13, 2017
Before His First Flight
Mark Vande Hei, U.S. astronaut, shares stories of his training and tips he learned from fellow astronauts before launching to the International Space Station for the first time on September 12, 2017. HWHAP Episode 13.
Oct 06, 2017
Leading Human Space Exploration
Ellen Ochoa, Director of the NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about human space exploration: what we’re doing here in Texas to make it a possibility, how we’re working with commercial and international partners, and what the future has in store for a human presence in space. HWHAP Episode 12.
Sep 29, 2017
Mission Control
Mary Lawrence, Flight Director in Mission Control Houston, talks about what it’s like inside Mission Control, what it takes to be a flight controller and flight director, how mission control has evolved, and what it may look like in the future. HWHAP Episode 11.
Sep 22, 2017
Average Joe, Educator, Astronaut
Joe Acaba, U.S. astronaut, talks about his time in the Marine Corps and Peace Corps, his previous missions to space, and his background as a high school and middle school educator. HWHAP Episode 10.
Sep 15, 2017
International Space Station #2: Research
Dr. Tara Ruttley, Associate Program Scientist for the Space Station, talks about the kinds of scientific research we're doing and learning aboard the orbiting complex. Ruttley discusses why the research is important for us here on the Earth and for sending humans into deep space. HWHAP Episode 9.
Sep 08, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Update
Well as you probably know, southeast Texas was just slammed with the furious winds and torrential downpour of Hurricane Harvey. A lot of Houstonians were affected by the storm and the 40+ inches of rain that came with it. Here is a quick update of what has happened here in Houston. We'll be back with a full episode next week.
Aug 30, 2017
Exploring the Cosmos with Styx
Glenn Lutz and John Connolly, exploration experts at NASA, chat with Tommy Shaw and Lawrence Gowan from the band Styx about human exploration of the solar system. They discuss the challenges of sending humans into deep space and draw parallels to live music performances. HWHAP Episode 8.
Aug 25, 2017
Total Eclipse Over America
Dr. Mark Matney, Space Debris Scientist and Astronomer, talks about the science and history of eclipses. He also describes the total solar eclipse that will sweep over the U.S. on August 21, 2017, and how to safely view it. HWHAP Episode 7.
Aug 18, 2017
The Most Awesome Podcast from Space
Jack "2fish" Fischer, NASA Astronaut, talks about life on the International Space Station... while on board the International Space Station. This podcast was recorded during a live event on Aug 10, 2017. HWHAP Episode 6.
Aug 11, 2017
Astronaut Training
Randy "Komrade" Bresnik talks about what astronauts have to study, know and endure to be successful in space. Bresnik recalls his astronaut training experiences and moments of his previous spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 5.
Aug 04, 2017
Space Food
Dr. Takiyah Sirmons, food scientist, talks about space food: what it is, how its packaged, and what happens to an astronauts palate after living in space for several months. HWHAP Episode 4.
Jul 28, 2017
Landing From Space
Dr. John Charles, Chief Scientist of the Human Research Program at the NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about what happens to the human body in space. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough gives a first hand account of landing from space. HWHAP Episode 3.
Jul 21, 2017
Your 2017 Astronaut Class
Anne Roemer, Manager of the Astronaut Selection Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about the new Astronaut Class of 2017: who they are, what they bring to the table and why these 12 people were chosen out of more than 18,000 applicants. The 2017 class also plays “2 Truths and a Lie.” HWHAP Episode 2.
Jul 14, 2017
International Space Station
Dan Huot, Public Affairs Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, talks about the International Space Station: what it is, how it works, what it’s made of, and why it’s there. HWHAP Episode 1.
Jul 07, 2017