Podcaster: Beth Johnson, Franck Marchis, and Simon Steel (alternate hosts); Guest: Ariel Waldman
Title: SETI Live – Out There: The Science Behind Sci-Fi Film and TV with Ariel Waldman
Organization: SETI Institute
Recorded live on 31 October 2023.
Ask anyone interested in space science, and you will likely also find a person influenced in some way by science fiction, whether they grew up watching Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, watching movies, or reading books. The genre has grown and expanded over the centuries, reflecting and inspiring changes in the world, our technology, and even our dreams of exploration.
Now, Ariel Waldman – filmmaker, explorer, and former NASA advisor – has written an accessible book featuring dozens of interviews that “takes readers on a journey to the farthest depths of space”.
Bio: Beth Johnson is a communications specialist and social media manager with a degree in physics and master’s work in planetary science. She specializes in meteor showers, icy moons, and anything with volcanoes.
Franck Marchis is a senior planetary astronomer and chair of the exoplanet group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and Chief Scientific Officer and Founder at Unistellar. He has dedicated his work to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics.
Simon Steel is Deputy Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Research at the SETI Institute. As an observational astrophysicist, he specialized in optical spectrophotometry, with an interest in the star formation histories of galaxies.
Ariel Waldman – filmmaker, explorer, and former NASA advisor
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