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    Tested in 2019: Ariel's Favorite Things!

    Ariel, host of our Offworld space and science fiction show, shares a few of her favorite books, tools, and projects. Check out this D-I-Y cloud chamber build for visualizing cosmic rays, get a free e-book from NASA, and see how Ariel keeps track of project ideas and to-do lists. Stay tuned for more Offworld in 2020!

    Adam Savage Tours SFMOMA's 'Far Out' Exhibit!

    Several of Adam's spacesuit replicas are currently on display at SFMOMA's Far Out exhibit, as part of a collection of space suit, habitat, and laboratory designs. Adam tours this thought provoking exhibit with curator Joseph Becker, discussing the many ways in which the history of space exploration has always been in dialogue with artists, futurists, and filmmakers.

    Inside Adam Savage's Cave: Human Anatomy Model!

    Adam shares one of his new favorite things in the cave: a highly-detailed anatomical model that's reminescent of the iconic "visible man" model kits of Adam's youth. But these figures are also representative of today's technology, being fully 3d-printed with striking detail, fidelity, and translucent parts. Find these remarkable figures here!

    Offworld: For All Mankind (2019)
    What if the Soviets landed on the Moon before the United States? That's the premise of Apple TV+'s new show, For All Mankind, which explores the consequences of a "red moon" and NASA's response. Ariel is joined by Emily Calandrelli and Shannon Stirone to discuss the details of the show's alternate history, and what the show's writers took from NASA's own history to build their story.
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    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Space Camera Shroud!

    This week's One Day Build is all about space cameras! Adam shows off a few of his favorite vintage cameras and camera replicas from NASA missions, and collaborates with fellow space obsessive Anthony Kovacs to make a shroud for the venerated Nikon F3. It's a day of cut and sew to make a beautiful replica camera thermal cover, just like the beta cloth ones used by Space Shuttle astronauts!

    Adam Savage Tours the MET's Last Knight Exhibit!

    At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Curator-in-Charge of the MET Department of Arms and Armor Pierre Terjanian takes an absolutely OUT OF HIS MIND Adam Savage through the museum's historic and fascinating new exhibit: The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I. If you're in New York, see it before it closes on Jan. 5!

    Apollo 13 - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 10/22/19
    We were unable to record a new Still Untitled this week, so here's a new episode of Offworld featuring Adam! Ariel and Adam are joined by spacesuit replica maker Ryan Nagata to talk about one of their favorite space movies, Apollo 13. We hear how the 1995 docudrama inspired Ryan to make his own spacesuits, and what the portrayal of the on-screen portrayal of the storied mission got right.
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    Offworld: Ad Astra Review
    We review the new science fiction space film Ad Astra! Ariel and Norm are joined by Dr. Douglas Vakoch, the President of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) to discuss the film's portrayal of space travel through the solar system, astronaut psychology, and what commercial spaceflight could look like in the near future. Spoiler warning: we discuss many plot details about the film beyond what is shown in the trailers!
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    Inside Adam Savage's Cave: New Apollo EVA Gloves!

    Adam welcomes spacesuit replica maker Ryan Nagata back to the cave to share his latest iteration of Apollo 11 EVA gloves! Ryan's previous glove builds were already the best we've seen, but new measurements, materials, and fabrication techniques makes these even better. Adam and Ryan geek out over the details!

    Tested Visits The NASA Ames Maker Space!

    During our week at NASA Ames Research Center, we felt most at home at Spaceshop, NASA's first in-house maker space. We learn about how the staff at Spaceshop use their high-tech tools to support the NASA Ames community, and then visit a few more of the awe-inspiring research labs on the campus!

    Driving a Robot on NASA's Roverscape!

    During our visit to NASA Ames Research Center, we stopped by the Roverscape, a testing ground for robots and rovers that simulates various types of terrain. We chat with an engineer from the Intelligent Robotics Group about robot testing platforms, and pilot both a real and virtual robot! Learn more about NASA's Open Mission Control Technologies software here!

    Adam Savage Learns About Preserving Alan Eustace's StratEx Suit!

    When Alan Eustace donated his historic StratEx spacesuit, life support, and balloon equipment module to the National Air and Space Museum, he asked for a dynamic display. Objects conservator Lisa Young explains to Adam Savage why she originally resisted that request, and how they eventually found a balance between preservation and display needs.

    Tested: Piloting NASA's Vertical Motion Simulator!

    Tested recently spent the week at NASA Ames Research Center in silicon valley, the campus where NASA performs research and development into technology and science supporting future satellites, robots, and crewed missions to space. Ariel, Simone, and Norm test pilot the Vertical Motion Simulator that trained Space Shuttle astronauts and visit the awesome 20G centrifuge!

    Offworld: Asteroid Exploration and Mining
    Asteroids have been the subject of numerous science fiction stories, in both destructive and constructive depictions. Joining Ariel to set the record straight on asteroids are Michael Busch of SETI and planetary astronomer Sondy Springmann. They discuss the form and composition of asteroids, the state of asteroid mining, and why there are so many misconceptions about asteroids in pop culture.
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    Tested: Deploying Ocean Sensors from a Plane!

    We tag along with the engineers at Sofar Ocean Technologies to watch a test of their Spotter Buoy--an ocean sensor that collects data about the weather anywhere it's deployed. The idea is to put enough of these sensors around the world to gather marine data on an unprecedented scale. Today's test: deploying these from an airplane!