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Innovation Now is a daily 90-second radio series and podcast that gives listeners a front row seat to hear compelling stories of revolutionary ideas, emerging technologies and the people behind the concepts that are shaping our future.

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    All Access Mobility

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022

    This Shapeshifter robot can fly in the sky, tumble over terrain, cruise into caves, float like a boat, and swim under seas.

    Part of Our Everyday Lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021

    Each year, NASA creates hundreds of new inventions. And through technology transfer, many of these inventions become part of our everyday lives.

    The Brightest World

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021

    Fascinating discoveries about the brightest world in our solar system all point to an ocean world which may have conditions friendly to life.

    A Lunar Port

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021

    Gateway will serve as a port for the human landing system that will take astronauts down to the lunar surface, and act as a staging location for spacecraft heading out to destinations beyond the Moon.

    Dust Contamination

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021

    NASA is looking for innovative dust mitigation technologies before Artemis astronauts go back to the Moon to stay.

    Wet Cold Air

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021

    When you leave your car outside overnight in the cold, you often have to wipe off the windows in the morning.

    From the Moon

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021

    Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the Moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968.

    Understanding Natural Disasters

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021

    A team of scientists created the Disasters Mapping Portal to allows users to understand what's happening on the ground when disasters hit.

    A Pen for Space

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021

    Paul C. Fisher had already revolutionized the pen industry before he launched his company into space with a new pen that would work without gravity.

    Primordial Bodies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021

    Over four billion years ago, the newly formed solar system consisted of trillions of rocky and icy bodies.

    Ballistic Impact

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021

    The innovative Ballistic Impact Lab is helping engineers predict what materials will stand up to the micrometeorites that bombard the lunar surface.

    Traditions in Space

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021

    Santa hats, a 2-foot artificial tree, and holiday treats that include butter cookies complete with colored icing packs can be found throughout the space station.

    Measuring Holiday Spirit

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021

    It's official. NASA has found a way to measure holiday spirit from space.

    Martian Rover

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021

    Much like an RV, this new pressurized rover will contain everything astronauts need to live and work on the surface.

    Stacked and Ready to Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021

    The now stacked rocket and crew capsule are preparing to roll out to Launchpad 39B in late December.

    Mission Control to Orion

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021

    Orion will need to communicate with Earth while traveling through space.

    Effects of Fatigue

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021

    Understanding the relationship between fatigue and autonomous systems will help engineers design solutions to help sleepy drivers stay alert.

    Space in a Holiday Theme

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021

    Sip a cup of hot cocoa in your own living room and watch the dazzling displays of space themed lights online.

    Futuristic Spacesuits

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021

    The SmartSuit is more than just a novel suit specifically designed for operations outside a spacecraft on planetary surfaces like Mars.

    Tears of the Arizona

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021

    Using non-destructive underwater 3-D imaging, the team hopes to paint an accurate picture of what is happening beneath the surface at Pearl Harbor.

    Mapping Outages

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021

    NASA has developed the Black Marble, a daily calibrated and validated product suite that remotely senses lights at night.

    Two Bold Missions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021

    These two bold missions will help uncover the clouded truths about the shrouded world of Venus.

    Building the Fuel Tanks

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021

    The Vertical Assembly Center at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility houses the world's largest welding tool, which was used to build the world's biggest rocket.

    Passing Overhead

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021

    The International Space Station's orbit takes it all around the globe so you could be in the right place at the right time of the day as the station streaks across the sky.

    LEGO Prototypes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021

    NASA's ongoing partnership with LEGO helps get the next generation interested in our shared future in space. But you won't just find LEGOs in kids' hands.

    Reducing Contrails

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021

    Those trails of condensed water from jet exhaust, seen as white streaks against the sky, can linger in the upper atmosphere for hours and affect the way Earth is heated and cooled.

    Black Hole Gallery

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021

    Empty your shopping cart. Then check out NASA's Black Hole Gallery.

    Rookies in Space

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021

    Four astronauts joined the crew on the International Space Station last week. Three of those four astronauts are rookies who are about to experience their first holidays in space.

    Astronaut Snoopy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021

    For more than 50 years, Snoopy has contributed to the excitement for NASA's human spaceflight missions, helping to inspire generations to dream big. And this year, “big” just happens to be 49 feet tall.

    Food Safety on Your Table

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021

    No one wants to worry about the safety of the food on their table. And thanks to a system created for astronaut food, we don't have to.

    Drill and Store

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021

    With more than three thousand parts, the sampling and caching system on the rover is the most complex mechanism ever sent into space.

    Modern Sea Level Rise

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021

    Monitoring ocean height helps scientists predict the impact of sea level rise on humanity and improves marine and weather forecasts.

    Concert in the Sky

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021

    The instruments on NASA's TESS are ideal for studying stellar vibrations, a field of research known as asteroseismology.

    Amorphology

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021

    A company called Amorphology hopes to drop the price of cobots by using NASA advances originally made for planetary rovers.

    Human in the Loop

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021

    A stabilized approach for landing is based on the pilot's interpretation of certain visual clues.

    A Glowing Trail

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021

    Instead of fire, the exhaust produced by electric propulsion is a glowing greenish-blue trail, reminiscent of a science fiction movie.

    An Heroic Aim

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021

    NASA has released its first interactive graphic novel. The story follows fictional First Woman, Callie Rodriguez, as she becomes the first female astronaut to live and work on the Moon.

    Tons of Simulant

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021

    One hundred twenty tons of this simulant can be found at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in a lab area where they test how robots will perform on the Moon.

    Robotic Rendezvous

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021

    If you can service a satellite, it's really a game changer, for both NASA and for the commercial industry.

    New Images of Old Stars

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021

    The James Webb Space Telescope will help us study every phase in the history of our universe.

    Interplanetary Internet

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021

    Radio over interplanetary distances isn't just slow, it can only carry a limited amount of data, at about the speed of an old telephone modem Internet connection.

    Close to the Sun

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021

    This new shield technology could allow scientists to study the Sun's sizzling surface closer than ever before.

    Environmental Life Support

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021

    NASA's Environmental Control and Life Support System works hard to make sure the Orion crew breathes easy.

    Creating Chevrons

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021

    While today's larger more powerful jet engines are actually quieter than those built for earlier planes, jet engine noise cannot be completely eliminated.

    Little Black Boxes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021

    Four tiny cameras will provide critical information about the crater that forms as a lander makes its descent to the lunar surface.

    Adaptable Technology

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021

    The ADEPT team observed firsthand just how well Spiderweave took the heat when exposed to temperatures above three thousand degrees Fahrenheit.

    Clever Costumes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021

    Once a year, the International Space Station turns into the spookiest house in space.

    Spookiest Spots in the Solar System

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021

    These are some of the spookiest spots in our solar system. Take a Haunted Hayride, if you dare.

    Galaxy of Horrors

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021

    With a bit of artistic flair, NASA has created some eye-catching posters of nightmare worlds.

    Ghostly Dance

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021

    Geomagnetic storms create beautiful auroras, a sight many of us know as the northern lights.

    Sweet Treats

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021

    Sweets, especially chocolates, are a common favorite of astronauts in space.

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