Brian Shiro

Brian Shiro's lifelong ambition is to explore space and in doing so help improve life on Earth. He is a Geophysicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, providing operational expertise with earthquake seismology and tsunami warning. His diverse background includes jobs working in upper atmosphere physics, carbon nanotubes, satellite radar mapping, geochemistry, glaciology, geodesy, biophysics, impact cratering, microgravity science, seafloor mapping, and high performance computing. He has led and participated in ten remote field expeditions to remote locations including Antarctica, Alaska, Canada, and the tropical Pacific. Brian was a Highly Qualified NASA astronaut applicant in 2009. Subsequently, he served as crew Geophysicist on a month-long simulated Mars mission at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island, Canada and as Commander on a two-week mission at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. In 2010, he co-founded Astronauts for Hire (A4H), an organization dedicated to creating the next generation commercial astronaut workforce. Through A4H, he has completed Research Specialist Astronaut training, which involves such activities as high gravity centrifuge training, zero gravity parabolic flight, emergency egress training, and spatial disorientation assessments. Shiro holds a B.A. with triple majors in Integrated Science, Geology, and Physics from Northwestern University, a M.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, and a M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota. He is also a graduate of the International Space University and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii. In his spare time, Shiro is a marathon runner, SCUBA diver, private pilot, and outdoor extreme sports enthusiast. He lives in Hawaii with his wife and two young children and blogs about his experiences towards becoming an astronaut at

Broadcast 2022 (Special Edition)

Guest: Brian Shiro. Topics: Astronauts 4 Hire, NOAA, & Next Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 1788 (Special Edition)

Guests: Dr. Friedmann Freund, Brian Shiro. Topics: Earthquake forecasting & space resources. You are invited to comment, ask questions, & discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, & any discussion must be relevant & applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr.

Broadcast 1218 (Special Edition)

Guest: Brian Shiro. Topics: FMARS, Mars analog simulation, life on Devon Island & in the Arctic Circle. Brian Shiro was our guest today to discuss his recent experiences at the Mars Society Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic (FMARS). Brian has blogged his experiences and you can read about them at as well as the FMARS site, which is .

Broadcast 1094 (Special Edition)

Guest: Brian Shiro. Topics: Brian's "Space Studies Showdown: ISU vs. UND," space engineering studies, MBA space program, PhD space program, accreditation, scholarships, and financial aid. Brian Shiro was our guest on this special Space Show program to present his comparison of the two multidiscipline Space Studies programs based on his experiences at ISU in Strasbourg, France and UND SpSt in Grand Forks, ND. Brian is currently a distance student in the UND Space Studies program and he is a graduate of the ISU Summer Program when it was in Vancouver, Canada.

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