NASA’s “Gravity Assist” podcast takes you on a journey through the solar system and beyond with many of the world’s top scientists as your guides. Hosted by Jim Green, director of planetary science, this inaugural series features lively conversations about some of the top discoveries and mysteries in space science. The introductory series begins with the Sun, followed by new segments each week on Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the ice giants Uranus and Neptune, and Pluto.
The title “Gravity Assist” refers to the slingshot effect a spacecraft gets when it uses the gravity of a planet or another object to speed up or alter its course. Each guest reveals the “gravity assist” that propelled them into their field of research.
We will be listening and discussing these broadcasts at 7:00 PM on selected Thursday evenings at the Manomet Branch Library, led by Library Associate Kate Gomes. Can’t make it into the Library? Listen at home and then join us on Facebook Live for a discussion of each session.
This summer’s dates and topics are:
July 18, 2019 – “The Sun with Nicky Fox”
July 25, 2019 – “Mercury with Faith Vilas”
August 15, 2019 – “Venus with David Grinspoon”
August 22, 2019 – “Earth with Tom Wagner”
Not familiar with listening to podcasts? Follow this link for an article with some helpful tips explaining how to find and listen to podcasts. For personalized help, drop by the Reference Department for “Device Advice” on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30. Follow the links below to the Gravity Assist podcasts:
The series will be continuing through the Fall – here is the rest of the schedule:
September 19, 2019 – “The Moon with Sarah Noble”
September 26, 2019 – “Mars with Bruce Jakosky and Michael Meyer”
October 17, 2019 – “Jupiter with Jared Espley”
October 24, 2019 – “Saturn with Linda Spliker”
November 21, 2019 – “Ice Giants (Uranus and Neptune) with Amy Simon
December 19, 2019 – “Pluto with Alan Stern”