Episode 007 – Geophysics, Astronauts, and Space!

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In todays episode, Ian talks to Brian Shiro. Brian is a geophysicist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to his position at NOAA, he is President and CEO of Astronauts 4 Hire, which is a non-profit organization with a mission of developing a astronaut workforce for commercial spaceflight.

What we cover!

  • Brian’s story, and where his passion for the outdoors, science, and space came from
  • What goes on at the PTWC?
  • What exactly causes a Tsunami? How do we detect them?
  • What technology has come about in the last 10 years?
  • What exciting new technology is on the horizon for tsunami detection?
  • Brian’s journey in applying to become a NASA astronaut
  • What is Astronauts 4 Hire?
  • Types of Spaceflight
  • How will commercial companies be an important part in space exploration?
  • Brian’s advice to young scientists, and future young astronauts
  • His book recommendation:

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
By: Col. Chris Hadfield

We are so thankful to Brian for bearing with us on the podcast through some technical problems with the recording. If you have questions for Brian, he is more than willing to answer them! You can contact him through his blog or twitter (@brianshiro).

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Thanks again Brian!



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