First podcast from space?


This week, the BBC World Service's Go Digital podcast contains a segment discussing what NASA have termed the first ever podcast from space. It was recorded by astronaut Steve Robinson while on board the Space Shuttle Discovery in orbit around the Earth. Steve talks about the mission and his experience removing those pesky gap-fillers. What is really interesting - apart from what Steve says of course - are the background noises which you normally miss on the usual crackly transmissions. If you don't have speakers you can always read the transcript, but it just isn't the same.

However, Go Digital's Bill Thomson doesn't think it qualifies as a podcast with there being no RSS feed. I say that if it sounds like a podcast, can be (manually) put on your MP3 player like a podcast and Steve Robinson says it's a podcast that is good enough for me. Still, I echo Bill Thomson's statement that it would be great to see, or rather hear, more of these. A weekly round-up from the ISS perhaps?

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 16th Aug 2005 (20:27 UTC) | Permalink
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