Space Medicine, EVAs, ISS and The Right Stuff: NASA Astronaut and Physician, Dr. Michael Barratt

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Name: Michael Barratt, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine & NASA Astronaut

Location: Johnson Space Center: Houston, TX

The opening you just heard was the actual footage of STS- 133, the final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, and the second to last launch of the US space shuttle program. One of the astronauts aboard that day was Dr. Michael Barratt: A career astronaut, a physician by training and today’s guest on the podcast.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we were to do this interview. NASA gets literally thousands of requests every year for astronaut interviews, speaking engagements and visits. They can only accept so many. Thanks to the growing popularity of our podcast, and to all of you who are listening, we’re now getting more opportunities like this to speak with some really unique and incredible people. Put yourself in our shoes for a minute. Michael Barratt someone who’s been to space twice, lived on the International Space Station for 200 hundred days, conducted two space walks (EVA’s), he’s one of the world’s experts in space and aviation medicine, and we got to sit down with him for over an hour and ask him anything we wanted. It was a rare and unforgettable privilege and we want to thank all of you out there for making it possible.

With that said, let’s get started…

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Don’t skip the eclipse! Surgeon, NASA Consultant & Amateur Astronomer, Dr. Gordon Telepun

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Image courtesy of Gordon Telepun

Name: Gordon Telepun, MD

Location: Decatur, Alabama

Specialty: Plastic Surgeon, Amateur Astronomer

Today we’re going to take a brief departure from our normal routine for a smaller, mini episode. In just one week, the moon’s shadow will be passing over the continental US . If you’ve never seen a solar eclipse, and you’re still not sure if it’s worth all the hype, stay tuned. Our guest, Dr. Gordon Telepun is a plastic surgeon in Decatur Alabama. That’s his day job. Gordon is also a passionate amateur astronomer. He’s traveled to the middle of the ocean, and as far as the plains of southern Africa to see a solar eclipse. His knowledge of eclipses would probably give Neil deGrasse Tyson a run for his money. Gordon has even developed a geo-location app (for viewing the eclipse) that’s being used by NASA next week at two of their observation sites. This episode was fascinating and lot of fun. With that said, let’s get started…

Learn more:

Gordon’s photos from Africa:

https://magnetograph.msfc.nasa.gov/outreach/girlscouts/Gordon_photos.html

Gordon’s Solar Eclipse Tracking App:

https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id1203105865?mt=8

Gordon’s Website:

http://www.foxwoodastronomy.com/

Dr. Telepun’s Practice:

http://www.youngandhealthyskin.com/