Everything About Astronauts Vol. 1 Resources

All Things Astronauts

 

Videos, Podcasts, Astronaut Books, and other links

 

Here are all the resources found in volume 1 of Everything About Astronauts, plus a few extra fun tidbits and links.

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Official Space Agency Websites

NASA

The official NASA website is at: https://www.nasa.gov/

 

CANADA SPACE AGENCY

The Canadian Space Agency website has a wealth of video and information about their astronauts and what it’s like to live in space. Visit their website at: https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/default.asp

 

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

Want to learn about the European Space Agency? Want to see who becomes the next ESA astronauts? They just recently opened up applications. Find out the latest on their website: https://www.esa.int/

 

ROSCOSMOS – RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY

Learn about the Russian space program and the cosmonauts who have made history on the English version of their official website here: http://en.roscosmos.ru/

 

JAXA – JAPAN AEROSPACE EXPLORATION AGENCY

Learn more about Japan’s Space Agency, the research they are doing on the ISS, their launch vehicles and so much more. Visit their official website here: https://global.jaxa.jp/

 

How to Prepare to Become an Astronaut

NASA answers this here: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/10-ways-students-can-prepare-to-beanastronaut

 

The CSA has lots of useful information about what it takes to be a CSA astronaut found here: https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/how-to-become-an-astronaut/default.asp

 

ESA recently opened up applications to become an ESA astronaut. Find out what qualities they look for:

https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/How_to_become_an_astronaut

 

The Japanese Space Agency answers this question here: https://global.jaxa.jp/article/special/astronaut/yanagawa_e.htm

Astronaut Biographies

Get all the information you could ever want about NASA astronauts here: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts

Find out the latest on the ESA astronauts here:

http://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/European_astronauts

Learn about the active and former CSA astronauts here:

https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/canadian/default.asp

General Links

NASA LIVE YouTube Streams

NASA has two different livestreams on YouTube, plus a host of other playlists and videos to see what the astronauts are up to, the Perseverance Rover on Mars and so much more. Find their official YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLA_DiR1FfKNvjuUpBHmylQ

 

#AskNASA

Have a question for NASA? Use the hashtag #AskNASA on Twitter or Instagram to ask your question and NASA will answer.

 

ARTEMIS – SENDING HUMANS TO THE MOON AGAIN

Learn about what NASA is doing to send humans to the Moon again here: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/

 

MARS

Want the latest information on what NASA is doing on Mars with the Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter? Get all the latest info here: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

 

HOW SPACE EXPLORATION BENEFITS US

Want to learn about all the benefits space exploration has had on our lives here on Earth? Learn more here: https://homeandcity.nasa.gov/

 

VIEW ALL OF THE EXPERIMENTS PERFORMED ON THE ISS

To see and search for all of the experiments that have happened and are happening onboard the space station, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/explorer/index.html

 

QUORA

Quora is a great place to ask questions and find answers about a variety of things, but especially about astronauts and space exploration. There are even a few astronauts and folks who work at NASA who have answered several astronaut-related questions for others that you can read.

 

SPACE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

Some of the best and most complete collection of photographs taken of the Earth since 1961 can be found and searched for here:

https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/

 

LIVE VIDEO FROM THE ISS
The live video from the International Space Station that includes views of the crew when they’re on-duty, audio conversations between the crew and Mission Control and views of the earth from space at other times can be viewed here: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/iss_ustream.html

 

VIEW EARTH LIVE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

A camera mounted on the ISS streams live video footage and shows the earth below as it flies by at 5 miles per second or 8 km per second.

 

Here’s where you can see the view of the Earth as seen from the International Space Station: https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/iss/watch-live.asp

Communicating with the ISS via Ham Radio

AMATEUR RADIO ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION PROGRAM

Learn how it all started, how you can apply to have your group speak to the crew onboard the ISS and what frequencies and call signs to use. Find that all here: https://www.ariss.org/

 

ASTRONAUTS AND THEIR CALL SIGNS

Get the full list of call signs for astronauts who are, or were at one time, licensed ham radio operators. See it here: https://www.ariss.org/hams-in-space.html

 

HOW TO HEAR THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Find out what equipment you need to hear the ISS, how you can listen online, when to listen and what you can expect to hear at https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-hear-the-iss/

Recommended Astronaut Books

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Astronaut Books

Recommended Astronaut Websites

First British Astronaut, Helen Sharman

Read her fascinating FAQs and learn how you can book Helen to come and speak to your group. Details at https://www.helensharman.uk/frequently-asked-questions/

 

First Canadian to Walk in Space, Chris Hadfield

Learn about Colonel Hadfield, find out about his latest book, learn about events in your area and sign up to get the latest at: https://chrishadfield.ca/

 

First Female Pilot and Female Commander of a space shuttle, Eileen M. Collins

Find out more about former astronaut and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Eileen Collins. Learn more about her new book and read what she says about what it takes to become an astronaut. Details found on her official website: http://marklarson.com/eileencollins/one.html

 

First American Woman to Walk in Space, Kathy Sullivan

Sullivan has been to space and the bottom of the ocean. Read her blog and learn about her podcast where she talks about her historic experiences: http://kathysullivanastronaut.com/

Recommended Astronaut-Related Podcasts

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ESA Explores

Get behind the scenes with the European Space Agency and find out how they train their astronauts, the science behind the ISS and what it will take to go to Mars.

Houston We Have a Podcast

Houston, We Have a Podcast

The official podcast of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where the host talks about all things space and how it works to get humans there. Lots of interviews with guests that talk spacesuits, artificial gravity and what it will take to get humans back to the Moon and to Mars.

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Kathy Sullivan Explores

Astronaut Kathy Sullivan is the only person to have both walked in space and visited the deepest point in the ocean. In her new podcast she shares unique insights and perspectives about her experiences in space and in the ocean. She is also joined by a variety of guests which always leads to fascinating discussions.

Space and Things

A weekly podcast that explores all things about space. Learn about spacesuits, top tips for visiting Space Center Houston, how to talk to someone in space via Ham Radio and so much more. It’s presented by historian Emily Carney and space nerd Dave Giles. More details at: https://www.spaceandthingspodcast.com

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MECO

MECO stands for Main Engine Cut Off and is a podcast by Anthony Colangelo. With over 200 episodes, you’ll find topics, news and opinions about space tourism, Starship news, China’s space station and so much more. Find it here: https://mainenginecutoff.com/podcast

Are We There Yet?

Listen to weekly space news updates and interviews with astronauts, engineers and visionaries by space reporter Brendan Byrne. Find it on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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BBC World Service – Space

Listen to a collection of radio documentary programs that talk about all things space. Episodes cover what happen the day the Skylab space station fell to Earth, what it will take to get a woman on the Moon and the future of space flight. Get all of the episodes here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03bv899/episodes/player

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Volume 2 Coming Soon!

Have you ever wondered…

  • Why you would find bodybags and birth control on the space station?
  • Why astronauts don’t eat Astronaut Ice Cream in space?
  • What the red button in Launch Control is actually for?
  • Why losing fingernails is a common space injury?
  • Which Hollywood superhero costume designer designed the new spacesuits?

Volume 2 covers intriguing topics about what it’s like to live and work in space, what foods astronauts can and can’t eat, random space records, weird space injuries and so much more.

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