The Rocket Ranch
By National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Welcome to the Rocket Ranch, the official podcast of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Take a listen for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek into the inner workings of the world’s premiere spaceport.
||CleanEpisode 3: Failure is Not an Option||As we prepare to launch humans into space on new American-made rockets and spacecraft, it's more important than ever that we revisit what led to two of the most tragic days in NASA's human space flight history.||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Some Like it Hot||Even though our Sun shines bright in the sky, it is shrouded in mystery. In this episode, we'll sit down with scientists working to get us closer to the Sun than ever before.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Mars||The soil beneath your feet, the food on your table, the roof over your head... these are luxuries on Mars. Getting there isn’t a problem, it’s surviving once you land. In this episode we’ll sit down with scientists and engineers exploring our planetary neighbor and preparing for the survival of those who brave the journey.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to the Rocket Ranch||Introducing the official podcast from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center - or, as we call it, the Rocket Ranch. What makes rockets fly? It’s people - regular men and women doing extraordinary things. During this podcast series, we’re going to introduce you to some of them.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Info from Kennedy Space Center in a show with room to grow
This new show adds a new perspective to NASA’s growing collection of information-rich podcasts. It’s still new, so it’s a little rough around the edges—mostly sound and editing issues. Distracting sound effects and inconsistent levels detract from the overall experience. Hopefully they’ll refine over time (and maybe just eliminate the loud “whomp” stinger that seems out if place in this show).
Also: did I miss the explainer? I’ve been a space junkie for years, but I didn’t know until a recent tour from a Kennedy retiree that they refer to the Canaveral as the Rocket Ranch. Seems like an inside joke that most new listers wouldn’t be in on.
Bottom line: I’ve learned new stuff with the episodes that are out so far, but I hope it improves over time. Right now it feel a little like the podcast equivalent of a PowerPoint deck with too much clip-art.