What’s next for space exploration?

Dec 10, 2012

The SpaceX Dragon capsule in the grip of the robotic arm of the International Space Station (ISS) during a May 2012 test run. A fully-stocked Dragon will lift off tonight from Cape Canaveral on SpaceX’s first official ISS supply mission.

SoCal local Joseph Acaba is an Inglewood-born astronaut with quite a career under his belt. Acaba was chosen to become a NASA astronaut in 2004 after working as a hyrdogeologist, a teacher, and a Peace Corp volunteer.

Acaba’s spaceflight experience began in March 2009 with the 36th flight of the Discovery shuttle and spent 123 days at the International Space Station as a flight engineer with a Soyuz spacecraft. In May 2012, Acaba supported the arrival of the first commercial spacecraft, SpaceX’s Dragon, at the International Space Station.

What’s next for space travel? Is commercial flight important to the future of space exploration? How are astronauts preparing for new developments in their field? Acaba joins Larry to discuss his experiences in space and the future of space travel.


Joe Acaba, NASA astronaut, educator, and hydrogeologist. Acaba has logged a total of 138 days in space during two missions.

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