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StarTalk All-stars launch party and podcasting

Me as a StarTalk All-Star

Wowowowow, what an absolutely amazing and fun-filled few days I’ve had in New York, back here again for the second time in 6 months and because of StarTalk science.

Late night StarTalk All-Stars podcasting with (L-R) Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr Grinspoon, Chuck Nice and Mike Massimino (astronaut!!)
Late night StarTalk All-Stars podcasting with (L-R) Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr Grinspoon, Chuck Nice and Mike Massimino (astronaut!!)

The reason I’m here again? I’ve been invited to be a StarTalk All-Star (read more here) for the launch of a new podcast series of the show. I was so excited to fly over the US to join in the festivities to kick off the launch of this spin-off show and to record some initial podcasts.

Me with the brilliantly brainy Neil deGrasse Tyson…hoping some braininess rubbed off!

The launch party was fantastic, full of famous science faces such as Neil deGrasse Tyson (obviously since StarTalk is basically his show), Bill Nye the Science Guy (one of the other All-Stars) and even a real life astronaut Mike Massimino (another one of the new All-Stars). There was even ‘Ground Control’ beer containing yeast grown in space!! Trust the amazing StarTalk peeps to have that organised for the show.

Ground control beer, with yeast grown in space!

I spent the following day recording 3 new shows for the podcast series. These focus on some of the cosmochemistry research topics that I’m most interested in so we went from Forming Moons, where I was joined by Sarah Stewart of UC Davis, to Water in the Solar System with the fabulous Lindy Elkins-Tanton, and we also covered the Rosetta mission where we were lucky enough to be joined by Matt Taylor, ESA Rosetta Project Scientist.

StarTalk All-Stars studio ready to go for my shows
StarTalk All-Stars studio ready to go for my shows

My brain was fried at the end of all this but what a fantastic time it was. And it was all made easier and more fun by the help of the brilliant StarTalk team and in particular, Chuck Nice, my hilarious, and well-informed, co-host!

Back home now to continue book writing, it’s going to seem very quiet in the office after all this excitement!

P.S. I should point out that these shows will all be available soon on iTunes, YouTube, ConnectPal and startalkradio.net