Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest: Dr. Sian Proctor, Dr. Nick Castle, C.C. Petersen, Dave Dickinson

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Title: Weekly Space Hangout – Dr. Sian Proctor: Geoscientist, Space Artist, & Inspiration4 Astronaut/Mission

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Today’s story:

  • Dark voids and solar flares!
  • SpaceX booster is gonna hit the Moon!
  • Mars, Mars and more Mars!
  • Earth’s 2nd Trojan asteroid, 2020 XL5.
  • A cool mission on SLS/Artemis 1.
  • Is there life on Mars?

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: This week we are excited to welcome Dr. Sian Proctor, Inspiration4 Mission Pilot, to the Weekly Space Hangout. On September 16, 2021, the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space launched from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A atop a Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

Dr. Sian Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is also an analog astronaut and has completed four analog missions including the all-female SENSORIA Mars 2020 mission at the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Habitat, the NASA funded 4-months Mars mission at HI-SEAS, a 2-weeks Mars mission at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), and a 2-weeks Moon mission in the LunAres Habitat.

Through art and Space2inspire ( Sian encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. Her goal is to help create a Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive space (J.E.D.I. space) for all of humanity as we advance human spaceflight.

Sian spent 21 years as a professor teaching geology, sustainability, and planetary science at South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently the Open Educations Resource Coordinator for the Maricopa Community College District.

Sian has a B.S. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education. She recently finished a sabbatical at Arizona State University’s Center for Education Through Exploration creating virtual field trips. She did her 2012-13 sabbatical at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute developing their science of disasters curriculum.

She has appeared in multiple international science shows and is currently on A World Without NASA and Strange Evidence.

You can learn more about Sian by visiting her website (

To view (and purchase) Sian’s art, visit Space2inspire (

And of course be sure to follow her on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram (

Regular Guests:

Dr. Nick Castle ( @PlanetaryGeoDoc )

C.C. Petersen ( & @AstroUniverse & @SpaceWriter )

Dave Dickinson ( & @Astroguyz )

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