Here’s an interesting look at how data played (and continues to play) in space exploration.

00:00 – Introduction and Agenda for the episode
02:49 – Setup local environment guidelines
03:56 – Setup for this project and intro to Python notebooks in VSCode
06:40 – Choosing data for analysis – NASA Lunar Rock Curation
07:51 – Discussion on importance of weight in space exploration
08:56 – Defining problem to solve through data science practices
10:45 – Import and explore data into notebook with pandas
14:12 – Manipulate rock sample data to match rocket data
18:30 – Create dataframe to view data based on unique missions
20:23 – Add total sample amount for each mission
23:05 – Comparing missions
24:09 – Removing not-a-number values
25:04 – Add rocket ship data into dataframe
26:47 – Add rocket payload data and determine ratios
29:00 – Add Artemis data
30:42 – Estimate sample weight per Artemis mission
31:37 – Determining the right samples to collect
36:00 – Exploring the cut of samples to prioritize
38:00 – Finalizing the samples that represent the profile for new samples
40:09 – Create the dataframe final profile for new sample gathering
44:50 – Determine recommendations based on Artemis constraints
47:01 – Recap

With quarantines back in the public consciousness, you’d be surprised to hear that the Apollo 11 astronauts were themselves quarantined upon returning to Earth.

Vox explains:

In this episode of History Club, Vox’s Phil Edwards and Coleman Lowndes chat with Amy Shira Teitel of The Vintage Space about the Apollo 11 quarantine.

It was an unusual process for an unprecedented task: keeping potential moon germs from entering the Earth’s atmosphere (and affecting its population).

To try to isolate the Apollo astronauts from the Earth, NASA went to extraordinary lengths. They clothed them in “Biological Isolation Garments,” transported them on a converted Airstream trailer, and then quarantined them for weeks in a Lunar Receiving Lab specially built to analyze moon samples and, of course, the men who went there.

The quarantine was a strange capstone to the journey to the moon — but also a necessary one that’s surprisingly resonant today.