Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest: Elizabeth Howell, Nicholas Booth, Dave Dickinson, Pam Hoffman, Michael Rodruck

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Title: Weekly Space Hangout –  Dana Backman, Director of NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors

Link: Cosmoquest:

Description:  Today’s story:

  • Either the heaviest neutron star or the lightest black hole.
  • 2 conjunctions, a lunar eclipse & a free book!
  • Mars launches in July!
  • Comets grace our nighttime sky!
  • Another StarShip (Serial Number 7) explodes. On purpose.

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: This week we are airing Fraser’s pre-recorded interview with Elizabeth Howell ( @howellspace ) and Nicholas Booth (who couldn’t make it to the interview), co-authors of the new book The Search for Life on Mars: The Greatest Scientific Detective Story of All Time. Their book documents our quest to find life on the Red Planet. Long-time viewers of the WSH will remember Elizabeth as one of our regular contributors from several years ago.

Elizabeth Howell, PhD, is one of the few people who has lived on a simulated Mars base. An award-winning journalist, she regularly contributes to, Forbes, and SkyNews. She witnessed five human space launches — three from Florida and two from Kazakhstan. She also pretended to be a Red Planet astronaut in 2014, on Crew 133 of the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Elizabeth holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Carleton University and two postgraduate degrees in space studies from the University of North Dakota. She lives with her husband in Ottawa, Canada.

Nicholas Booth worked for Astronomy Now magazine, wrote about science for British newspapers, and was a technology editor on The Times (London). He is the author of true-life detective stories about spies and fraudsters, including Zigzag: The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman, published by Arcade, and The Thieves of Threadneedle Street. He lives in Cheshire, England, with his wife and their two cats.

You can find out more information about The Search for Life on Mars on the Simon and Schuster website:

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