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Michael Wise is the director of SRON, the organization that co-ordinates Dutch astronomical space research. We talk to him about lots of stuff, such as light pollution by satellites, black hole research, telescopes that stretch out across Europe or even across the solar system and scientific projects that last the better part of a lifetime.
Athena will co-operate with LISA, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna. How do two satellites work together? Both are scheduled for launch in the early 2030s and have been in the works for more than five years already. This is not uncommon in astronomy but how does a person work on such a time frame?
Michael happens to be married to Sera Markoff, who recently appears on Space Cowboys too to talk about black holes.
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X-ray of the whole sky
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Space Cowboys is made by Thys Roes (https://yeah-science.net/) and Herbert Blankesteijn (https://blankesteijn.com/) in collaboration with BNR Nieuwsradio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.