NYU Abu Dhabi’s First-Ever Space Podcast Now Live

"Spaced Out" will focus on topics pertaining to astronomy and space science

The Center for Astro, Particle and Planetary Physics (CAP3) at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has produced and launched Spaced Out, the University’s first-ever podcast dedicated to astronomy and space science.  

Aimed at promoting scientific ideas and igniting curiosity among the public about astronomy and space science, the podcast will feature NYUAD’s own experts in the field, as well as guest speakers from the space sector and other academic institutions. 

The inaugural season will include 10 episodes; each will be 30-45 minutes long. The first in the series, About an Astronaut’s Life, is now live. CAP3 will launch an episode every Tuesday on Apple Podcasts.

With the support of the Center’s Primary Investigator Andrea Macciò, the Center recruited three undergraduate research assistants to support the development of the program. The podcasts are produced by Center Manager Bianca Arkeen and Research Associate Moe Abbas – who also acts as the primary moderator for all episodes. The music featured in the podcast was developed by a NYUAD alumnus, Cristobal MarYán, who is now a composer based in Mexico. It contains sounds from NASA mars landing and mars laser impact as well as elements of the Arabic oud instrument.

Spaced Out, Season I

  1. About an Astronaut’s Life, featuring Astronaut Donald Thomas
  2. The Exoplanet Hunter, featuring Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science, Professor of Physics, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Space Exploration, featuring Charles Elachi, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science, Emeritus, Cal Tech, JPL Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech
  4. Aspiring Astronaut Abby & STEM education, featuring Abby Harrison, aspiring Gen Z Astronaut
  5. Space Architecture, featuring Paolo Caratelli, Associate Professor of Architecture at Abu Dhabi University
  6. Outer Space Affairs, featuring Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
  7. Science Communication, featuring Fraser Cain, Social Media Scientist, Publisher of Universe Today
  8. Propulsion Engineering & Satellite Systems, featuring Diana Alsindy, Propulsion Development Engineer, Boeing
  9. Space & The Media, featuring Ramin Skibba, Space Writer at WIRED Magazine
  10. Is Anybody Out There?, featuring Astronomer Jill Tarter, Chair Emeritus, SETI Research