If you’re fascinated by the idea of humans traveling through space and curious about how that all works, you’ve come to the right place. This is the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Samuel Lawrence, planetary scientist and lead lunar exploration scientist, discusses what we’ve learned about the Moon and some of the more interesting questions that we hope to answer when humans return in the Artemis program. HWHAP Episode 114.
Science journalist and Apollo historian Andrew Chaikin discusses why the Moon is a desirable object for exploration and makes the case for applying the lessons of the Apollo lunar program to NASA's Artemis program. HWHAP Episode 113.
A discussion of historical space policy with Stephen Garber and Glen Asner, co-authors of "Origins of 21st Century Space Travel," which examines the formation of NASA's Decadal Planning Team, the tragic Columbia accident, and the direction of NASA after the accident, which they argue shapes how the agency is laid out today. HWHAP Episode 112.
Benji Reed, director of Crew Mission Management for SpaceX, talks about the SpaceX Crew Dragon, the testing and training thus far including an uncrewed mission to the station, and the exciting future for the commercial crew vehicle. HWHAP Episode 111.
NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir talks about her path to becoming an astronaut, her education in biology and space, her research studying marine mammals and birds in Antarctica, and her training to prepare for her first space mission. HWHAP Episode 110.
Women Excelling in Life & Leadership (WELL) hosted a panel discussion highlighting the legacy of women in spaceflight with panelists who worked at NASA during Apollo and current employees who carry on that legacy today. HWHAP Episode 109.
Tony Castilleja and Celena Dopart, Boeing engineers, talk about the Boeing Starliner spacecraft and all the testing and training happening to get the vehicle and crew ready for the first missions. HWHAP Episode 108.
Space philosopher and author Frank White discusses the impact of looking down at the Earth from above, and how it can create a shift in the way astronauts view and think about our planet and life itself. HWHAP Episode 107.
Bob Zeek and Stacy Hale talk about how students can build and fly hardware to the International Space Station as part of a program called HUNCH. Students in over two hundred schools across the country are doing hardware manufacturing, soft goods training, software development, culinary science and creating videos for station. HWHAP Episode 106.
Laura Shaw, the International Space Station Program Lead for Exploration Life Support Systems, discusses the systems on the station that create a livable and comfortable space for astronauts and cosmonauts. Shaw describes how improving these systems will be critical for exploring the Moon and Mars. HWHAP Episode 105.
Jason Hutt, Orion Crew Systems Integrations Lead, explains how the crew is prepared to respond effectively in the unlikely event of an emergency on board the Orion spacecraft at any stage of flight. HWHAP Episode 104.
Mike Read, International Space Station Commercial Space Utilization Manager, discusses NASA's new directive that further opens up the station for commercialization and space tourism with the goal of developing a robust economy in low-Earth orbit. HWHAP Episode 103.
Today's leaders of the human spaceflight programs at NASA discuss how Apollo 11 influenced their lives and careers and share their thoughts on the value of putting the "human" in human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 102.
NASA historian Jennifer Ross-Nazzal shares some of the lesser known stories of the Apollo 11 mission 50 years after the historic landing of humans on the Moon. Alumni from NASA's Apollo program share memories from their unique roles in those missions. HWHAP Episode 101.
For the 100th episode, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine discusses the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing as NASA continues to move forward towards an exciting future with a sustainable lunar presence. HWHAP Episode 100.
Houston, we have a birthday! Episode 99 is a special episode to celebrate two years of Houston We Have a Podcast. Host Gary Jordan sits down with audio engineer Alex Perryman, co-host Pat Ryan, and co-host Dan Huot to talk about their favorite moments from this past year of episodes. HWHAP Episode 99.
NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan shares his journey just before his first spaceflight. Morgan talks about his education, his time as a flight surgeon in the military, and his experience parachuting out of planes. He and his wife Stacey share how they are preparing their family for Morgan's nine month extended stay in space. HWHAP Episode 98.
Lynn Buquo and Steve Rader discuss how NASA is using crowdsourcing as a way to support research and development efforts by tapping into the expertise of global communities to create innovative, efficient and optimal solutions for real world challenges. HWHAP Episode 97.
Sandra Tetley and Adam Graves discuss the journey of restoring the historic Apollo Mission Control Center to look and feel exactly as it did in July 1969 during the moments before, during, and after the moon landing. Ben Feist then focuses on the cleanup of the audio tapes for the restoration project. HWHAP Episode 96.
Mark Baldwin, Orion Occupant Protection Specialist, talks about crash testing of the Orion spacecraft and why it is important to keep the crew safe during some of the most critical moments of their mission. HWHAP Episode 95.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, NASA chats with the rock band Shinedown about the similarities and importance of mental health for orbiting astronauts, touring band members… and everyone! HWHAP Episode 94.
Science fiction meets science fact during a live panel discussion at Comicpalooza in Houston about current medical innovations in space with NASA medical scientists and Star Trek: The Next Generation star Gates McFadden. HWHAP Episode 93.
In this recording of a live panel at the Johnson Space Center, experts discuss the historic Apollo 10 mission and how the lessons learned from that time will help us achieve our goal of returning to the Moon in 2024. HWHAP Episode 92.
In part two of this special edition of the podcast, John Hansen and Greg Wiseman take the first crack at repairing the only machine capable of playing back the voice recordings of Apollo 11 flight controllers, and they soon find out they're going to need some help. HWHAP Episode 89.
In this special edition of the podcast, the voices of the people who saved a piece of American spaceflight history tell the tale of reviving an obsolete piece of audio equipment that was vital to digitizing the voice recordings of the Apollo 11 flight controllers in Houston. HWHAP Episode 88.
Dr. Andy Feinberg and Dr. Steve Platts discuss the history and details behind the Twins Study. The experts reveal some of the findings from the multi-year endeavor packed with 10 different investigations. HWHAP Episode 87.
Jonathan Abary, Pathways program manager, and Alexis Vance, Pathways intern in the crew and thermal systems division, discuss the Pathways internship program at NASA Johnson Space Center. HWHAP Episode 86.
NASA Astronaut Christina Koch and her husband, Bob Koch, discuss Christina's path to becoming an astronaut—her childhood in North Carolina, her education, and her work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and in remote locations all around the world—as she gets ready to make the first spaceflight of her career. HWHAP Episode 82.
Mohammed Saibu and Juan Carlos Lopez, who are pursuing leadership roles at NASA through a program called FIRST, discuss some of the challenges of leadership and how this program will build successful leaders who will be the ones to put boots on our nearest celestial neighbors. HWHAP Episode 81.
Steve Stich, Deputy Manager for Commercial Crew, discusses how we are once again launching astronauts from American soil. Stich talks about the astronauts flying in the commercial crew spacecrafts, the upcoming test missions, and the role of private industry in the future of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 80.
John Lewis, Orion ECLS (Environmental Control and Life Support) system manager, discusses how the Orion spacecraft will keep the crew inside comfortable – and more importantly, alive – during a mission into deep space. HWHAP Episode 79.
Vanessa Wyche, Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center, leads a panel discussion with key players of the Apollo program to learn critical lessons that can be applied to NASA’s future human spaceflight missions to the Moon and Mars. HWHAP Episode 77.
On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 launch, resident historian Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal recounts one of the most significant missions in human spaceflight history, featuring interviews with Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman and Bill Anders. HWHAP Episode 76.
Jerry Ross, former NASA astronaut, talks about the first mission to assemble the International Space Station and his experience conducting the mission's three spacewalks. The milestone shuttle mission STS-88 brought the Unity module to join Zarya, the first element of the space station. HWHAP Episode 73.
Doug Drewry, former FGB Program Manager, discusses leading the joint U.S and Russian teams during the development and launch of Zarya, the first element of the International Space Station, for its 20th anniversary in space. HWHAP Episode 72.
John Gruener and Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, planetary scientist and historian, respectively, team up to discuss both the science and history of the Apollo program, the Moon, and the Johnson Space Center. HWHAP Episode 71.
Dr. Lucie Low, Scientific Program Manager at the National Institutes of Health, talks about tiny devices the size of the thumb drive that replicate the structure and function of human organs. Low discusses the importance of testing these devices in space. HWHAP Episode 70.
Bob Jacobs, Bert Ulrich, and Bill Barry share stories of NASA working closely with filmmakers on features and documentaries. The cast and crew of "First Man" and family members of the real astronauts portrayed in the film also share their perspective on human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 68.
For NASA’s 60th Anniversary, Houston We Have a Podcast took to the stage with science fiction writers Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, and publishing agent DongWon Song, as well as NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren to discuss how real science and science fiction have influenced each other. HWHAP Episode 67.
Ronny Baccus, Orion structures and thermal protection system functional area manager, discusses how Orion deals with temperatures around 5,000°F when screaming back into Earth's atmosphere at 25,000 miles per hour. HWHAP Episode 66.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague and his wife, Lt. Col. Catie Hague, talk about Nick’s journey to becoming an astronaut, his education, and his time in the U.S Air Force. The couple discusses how their family is prepared for the journey ahead. HWHAP Episode 65.
Dr. Steve Johnson, Senior Scientist of the Space Radiation Analysis Group, discusses what's being done right now to document radiation exposure, not only to ensure our astronauts stay healthy, but to understand weather in space. HWHAP Episode 64.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer describe the mission and direction of America's space agency after a visit from Vice President Mike Pence. The two agency leaders discuss commercialization, human missions to the Moon, and the difference between NASA and Space Force. HWHAP Episode 63.
Jon Olansen and Jenny Devolites, leads for the Orion Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) crew module and AA-2 launch abort vehicle test mission, discuss the critical test of the abort system if a failure were to happen while the Space Launch System rocket was ascending. HWHAP Episode 62.
Dr. Brian Crucian, a biological studies and immunology expert, discusses the hazard of hostile and closed environments in space. Crucian serves as the principal investigator for a NASA functional immune study. This is part five of the five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 61.
Dr. Peter Norsk, Senior Research Director and Element Scientist at Baylor College of Medicine based here at NASA, describes the hazard of altered gravity fields and its effects on the human body. This is part four of a five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 60.
Dr. Erik Antonsen, element scientist and emergency physician, discusses the hazard of traveling farther away from Earth an ever before, especially how to provide appropriate medical care with limited resources and challenging communications. This is part three of a five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 59.
Dr. Tom Williams leads a research team that looks into isolation and confinement, focusing on habitability and behavioral health and performance risks to spaceflight. This is part two of a five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 58.
Dr. Zarana Patel, a portfolio lead scientist at NASA's Johnson Space Center, is responsible for management and scientific oversight of degenerative tissue risk of space radiation. This is part one of a five-part series on the hazards of human spaceflight. HWHAP Episode 57.
Dr. Mike Barratt, NASA astronaut, physician and a flight surgeon, shares his story of living in space. Barratt addresses five hazards of human spaceflight and why these challenges need to be addressed to make deep-space missions successful. HWHAP Episode 56.
Tabi Taliwaku Kalisa, program manager of NASA's Small Business Programs, shares how NASA helps small businesses to get involved in space exploration and scientific discovery by working with them from the spark of an idea to literally being a part of the space industry. HWHAP Episode 54.
Dr. Stan Love, NASA astronaut and all-around smart guy, flew to the International Space Station in 2008 and has worked on a number of flight analog programs to understand how to conduct deep-space missions. Love explores the challenges that will need to be tackled to make a mission to Mars successful. HWHAP Episode 53.
Houston, We Have a Podcast celebrates its first year. Gary Jordan (host) sits down with Alex Perryman (audio) and Dan Huot (co-host) to reminisce about their favorite moments and incredible guests. HWHAP Episode 52.
Harry Roberts, Flight Operation Supervisor for the Aircraft Operations Division out at Ellington Field Airport, talks about aeronautics at NASA. Roberts describes the operations out at Ellington Field and the aircraft itself that helped to make human spaceflight possible. HWHAP Episode 51.
Dr. Sarah Wallace talks about her instrumental role in sequencing DNA for the very first time in space. DNA sequencing can be used for things in space from monitoring the crew members' health to identifying microbes, and potentially detecting life in the solar system. HWHAP Episode 50.
Kathy Lueders, Manager of the Commercial Crew Program, gives us a brief history of the program, how it started, and where it is now. Leuders talks about the 2 commercial companies, Boeing and SpaceX, and their space vehicles that will carry astronauts into low Earth orbit. HWHAP Episode 49.
Ryan Zeigler, a planetary scientist and the lunar sample curator, talks about the moon rocks brought to Earth during Apollo, the facilities that keep them, and what were still learning from them. HWHAP Episode 48.
Serena Auñón-Chancellor shares her story about becoming an astronaut from her education in engineering and medicine to her time at NASA as a flight surgeon. Auñón-Chancellor discusses her training and expectations before her first trip to space. HWHAP Episode 47.
For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we team up with our Asian Employee Resource Group to share the stories from 4 guests on their unique paths coming to NASA from different backgrounds. HWHAP Episode 46.
Annette Moore, the Director of Information Resources and the Chief Information Officer at the Johnson Space Center, tells us about data and information in space as well as the tech we use for human spaceflight operations, including space station imagery and how it's changed over time. HWHAP Episode 45.
Jeff Fox, Chief Engineer of the Rapid Prototype Lab at the Johnson Space Center, tells the history and evolution of displays and controls in the space shuttle. Fox reveals details behind some of the new displays that are being designed to fly on the Orion spacecraft. HWHAP Episode 44
Dr. Scott Smith, NASA nutritionist and the manager for nutritional biochemistry, discusses the differences in the way astronauts have to eat in space versus the way we eat here on Earth. HWHAP Episode 43.
Paul Bookout and David Smith continue their conversation about the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V: The Space Launch System. The experts discuss the construction, testing, evolution and potential of the skyscraper-sized launch vehicle. HWHAP Episode 42
Paul Bookout and David Smith talk about the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V: The Space Launch System. The experts discuss what the rocket is made of, where it will go, and what will be inside. HWHAP Episode 41
Colonel TJ Creamer shares his story from humble beginnings in the military to tweeting from the International Space Station. Creamer describes his transition as the first and only individual to be both an astronaut and a flight director. HWHAP Episode 40.
Rajib Dasgupta and Gerard Valle talk about the commercial test module currently attached to the International Space Station called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). The respective former and current project managers for BEAM discuss the history and future of expandable spacecraft. HWHAP Episode 39.
Dr. Tina Holden, Human Factors Technical Fellow with Leidos, talks about the challenges that astronauts may face when interacting with computers. Holden discusses some of the research that has been done on the space station to investigate these issues. HWHAP Episode 37.
Ricky Arnold, NASA Astronaut, talks about his time as an educator, his first flight on the Space Shuttle, and his plans to teach from space during his first long-duration flight on the International Space Station starting on March 21, 2018. HWHAP Episode 36.
Jeff Fox, Chief Engineer of the Rapid Prototype Lab, talks about some of the testing and training for Orion. Fox brings the actual audio from inside the Orion capsule during its first flight so you, the listener, can experience what it would be like to ride inside the spacecraft. HWHAP Episode 35.
Drew Feustel, NASA Astronaut, talks about his education in Geology and Seismology, his previous 2 shuttle missions, and his expectations before launching on March 21, 2018 for his first long-duration mission in space. HWHAP Episode 34.
Dr. Andrea Hanson, Exercise Countermeasures Operations Lead, talks about what happens to the human body in microgravity, what NASA is doing about it, and how we can use this knowledge to go deeper into space. Hanson also describes some parts of astronaut exercise that have inspired her workouts. HWHAP Episode 33.
For African American History Month, we team up with our African American Employee Resource Group to bring 4 guests from different areas of expertise like life support systems, robotics, flight control and leadership to explain what they do and the paths they took to work at NASA. HWHAP Episode 32.
Jonathan Homan, Project Manager for Webb's Chamber A Testing, talks about how the James Webb Space Telescope has been designed, built, and tested, especially in the vacuum chamber here at the Johnson Space Center. He also describes what the telescope will be looking for in the universe and how it will work. HWHAP Episode 31.
Patrick O'Neill, Marketing and Communications Manager at CASIS, talks about the part of the International Space Station designated as a U.S. National Laboratory, what that means, and how CASIS manages research from all over the world that could ultimately benefit humankind. HWHAP Episode 29.
Jessica Vos, Crew Systems Engineer, talks about how astronauts will operate in the Orion capsule for deep-space missions that can go up to 3 weeks: like how they’ll eat, sleep, exercise, work, and if needed, be prepared for the worst. HWHAP Episode 28.
Dr. Aaron Burton and Dr. Marc Fries, Planetary Scientists, talk about searching for organic material in meteorites from around the solar system. They share what we're finding that helps us understand the fundamentals of life here on Earth and possibly the universe. HWHAP Episode 27.
Lisa Spence, Flight Analogs Project Manager, and Dr. Paul Haugen, HERA Operations Engineer, talk about the space habitat analog here in Texas. They talk about what it's like inside, what crewmembers do on missions, and how to sign up to participate in this study. HWHAP Episode 24.
Scott Tingle, NASA Astronaut, talks about his education in mechanical engineering, his time in the Navy as a test pilot, and his astronaut training before his first mission to the International Space Station in December, 2017. HWHAP Episode 23.
Dr. Natacha Chough, Flight Surgeon, talks about what flight surgeons do and how they work with astronauts to monitor their health during spaceflight. She reveals health concerns that are unique to the space environment. HWHAP Episode 22.
Mike McGlone, NASA Education Specialist, talks about how the different education programs here in Texas influence students to pursue careers in STEM and STEAM fields, including careers here at NASA. HWHAP Episode 21.
Shane Kimbrough, NASA Astronaut, and Dennis Leveson-Gower, Senior Project Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, talk about cargo and science going to and from the International Space Station. Houston We Have a Podcast teams up with NASA in Silicon Valley Podcast. HWHAP Episode 20.
Tim Garner, Meteorologist in Charge at the Johnson Space Center, talks about how weather affects human spaceflight, especially for launches, landings, and tests. He also reveals how Hurricane Harvey impacted operations here in Houston. HWHAP Episode 19.
Dr. Doug Archer, Planetary Scientist, talks about Mars: what its made of, what it's like on the surface, and why it's such an intriguing place for humans to visit in the next giant leap. HWHAP Episode 18.
Nujoud Merancy, Mission Planning and Analysis Lead for the Orion spacecraft, talks about what Orion is, how it will work, what kinds of tests are being done, and where in space it will go. HWHAP Episode 17.
Les Padilla, Hardware Manager of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), talks about spacesuits: how they work, what they're made of, how they've evolved over time, and what they'll look like in the future. HWHAP Episode 16.
In a live recording from space, astronauts Randy "Komrade" Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli, Joe Acaba, and Mark "Sabot" Vande Hei talk about about photography and the view of Earth from the International Space Station. HWHAP Episode 15.