Terry Fong is leading NASA’s new push into space exploration. Long gone is its legendary space shuttle program. The future belongs to Terry’s Robotics Intelligence Group. His team designs everything from land rovers to droids that help astronauts aboard the International Space Station. We’ll step inside the lab where they’re creating NASA’s latest robots. Astronauts aboard the ISS will soon operate one of these robots while its stationed at Moffett Field. It’s a challenging job, but Terry wouldn’t have it any other way. “The first thing I want to do, even before breakfast, is get to work,” he says.
This week we are in Santa Cruz aboard Iowa Pacific for a ride on the newly re-opened 32-mile Branch Rail Line in Santa Cruz County.
This is the most recent train to rumble through the central coast but certainly not the first. Today we’re going to learn a bit about local railroad history, from Sandy Lydon.
We’ll also meet, Richard Hatfield, a different kind of engineer - one who’s battery powered motorcycle has set new world record; Jill Alexander, a Santa Cruz woman who is the only U.S. designer to be invited to U. K. Fashion Week and Laura Stachel, a local doctor saving lives around the world with her solar power plant … that fits into a suitcase.
This week we are at International Culinary Center in Campbell.
Have we got some treats for you! First we’re going to learn to make a famous french pastry with an American twist.....and plenty of chocolate.
Will also meet three of the finest and chefs in the Bay Area -
Santa Cruz’s Reilly Meehan, the very
first American and the youngest person to be named “The Best Young Chef in the World,” Chef Charles Phan, owner of the famed Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco, world renowned for its home style Vietnamese cooking; and finally Richard Donnelly, one of the best Chocolatiers in the nation. Ep. 507