This week on The Gralien Report, we lead off with recent developments in space exploration that include a new Israeli effort to put a privately-owned probe on the Moon. Elsewhere, responding to some feedback on our reporting of the rescue of Casey Hathaway last week, we address some listener theories about the case, before turning our attention to a recent piece that looks at the facts and fiction associated with “bad omens” associated with the appearance of certain animals. Then we look back to a few classic reports from the 1940s of the so-called “Ghost Rockets” that were seen over Scandinavia, which provides a very un-rocket-like description of the objects.

Then getting to the second hour, we are joined by author Rod Pyle, a space writer and reporter, and author of several books which include his new Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration. Rod has worked for years as a reporter on space exploration and technologies used by NASA and other space agencies, having attended several monumental NASA JPL events where he was on-hand in real time as we landed rovers on Mars. His reporting on the way robots have been used in space exploration brings a number of remarkable stories, and also puts a personal touch, on what some might call “the real-life Star Trek.” The final frontier may be awaiting human entry into space, but our interplanetary robots have already been there for decades.

You can find Rod’s book Interplanetary Robots, and learn more about his other projects and written work, by visiting his website at

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

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