“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.”

People often ask the question, with all the problems on earth, why are we spending money exploring space?  But that is to completely miss the point of exploration.  If humans waited to explore until our problems were solved, we would all still be sitting in a cave somewhere waiting to bash something in the head with a rock.  The promise of space exploration includes answers to climate, health, and sustainability issues on earth, the potential of connecting with other species, and the more abstract ability to inspire people to think of how fragile and significant our place in the universe is.  WIth all that is going on in space, it is difficult to get an overview; this episode is such an overview, covering everything from near space, to geo-synchronous orbit, to long-range missions to Mars.

Episode Features

Ron Garan

Retired NASA astronaut

Ron Garan is a retired NASA astronaut, a retired colonel in the US Air Force, a former crew member on the International Space Station and a social entrepreneur helping to solve mankind’s problems through social enterprise.

Joe Anderson

Vice President of Operations and Business Development

Joe Anderson is an aerospace engineer and Vice President of Operations and Business Development for Space Logistics LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman.

Tony Foti

Operations Manager

Tony Foti is Operations Manager for NASA’s Cygnus mission.

Jane Poynter

Founder, Co-CEO/Space Perspective

Jane Poynter is a space entrepreneur, author and Co-CEO of Space Perspective.

Jorge Vago, PhD

2020 Exomars mission Project Scientist

Jorge Vago is Project Scientist for the 2020 Exomars mission at the European Space Agency and received his PhD in Space Plasmas and Planetary Physics from Cornell University.

Your host

Your host

Pietro Boselli, PhD, is a mechanical engineer and teacher, specialising in Mathematical Modelling and Analysis.

He began modelling when he was discovered by Giorgi Armani at age 6, and since then has been featured by brands and magazines including GQ, Equinox Fitness, Emporio Armani EA7, Attitude, Vouge Hommes, Abercrombie & Fitch, and has been shot by photographers including Bruce Weber, Giampalo Sgura, and Ollie Ali.

Pietro’s interests in fitness led to his innovative YouTube strength training channel being viewed millions of times, and the launch of his own fitness-oriented fashion line Pietra Design.

A Facebook post by one his University of London engineering students went viral in 2015 and led to his being dubbed “the world’s sexiest math teacher”, to which Pietro replies, “I model the fluid thermodynamics of wet steam flow”.

Rational mind is the continuation of that philosophy: using the global platform he has been gifted to help millions of curious people discover more about how their world works, and how to think about it.

For RATIONAL MIND, Pietro chose to collaborate with ATOMIC ENTERTAINMENT, the Emmy-nominated creators & executive producers of BRAIN GAMES, BRAINCHILD and the WHO SMARTED? podcast. Pietro And Atomic's founders, Jerry Kolber and Adam Davis, all share the belief that critical thinking, science and enabling discovery are the keys to making the world a better place.

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