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Planetary Radio: Ten Years A Roving: The Mars Exploration Rovers

Mat Kaplan • December 24, 2013

This week's show looks back over ten years of exploration by Spirit and Opportunity. Writer A.J.S. Rayl recounts the challenges encountered early in the mission, and how an outstanding team triumphed.

The Sorry State of Planetary Science Funding In One Chart

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2013 • 12

If you want to know why Cassini might be terminated early, or why NASA pulled out of its joint Mars mission with Europe, or why the new ASRG power source was put on indefinite hold, this chart has your answer.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 7: The Backbone of Night

Casey Dreier • December 03, 2013 • 3

We return to the big idea of the series – that the universe can be known and we better ourselves in our efforts to understand it – in the best episode of Cosmos so far.

The Mariner Mars Globe

Don Davis • November 29, 2013 • 3

In 1971 I was being trained to work with the airbrush by the map artists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Branch of Astrogeologic Studies in Flagstaff. However, the project I ended up spending about a quarter of a man-year on was a hand-painted map globe of Mars.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 6: Travellers' Tales

Casey Dreier • November 25, 2013 • 12

The Voyager mission may be the ultimate expression of our desire to explore, but why does that will exist in the first place? Why is it unique to humans?

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 5: Blues for a Red Planet

Casey Dreier • November 12, 2013 • 12

Episode 5 focuses on Mars, the planet that has stubbornly refused to conform to the wishes of humanity for hundreds of years, from Lowell to Sagan. Grab your cosmo and join our discussion of 'Blues for a Red Planet.'

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 4: Heaven & Hell

Casey Dreier • November 04, 2013 • 7

Humans face the consequences of our own knowledge about the cosmos in this latest episode recap and analysis of Carl Sagan's classic series.

Creating Life on a Gas Giant

Adolf Schaller • November 02, 2013 • 6

Adolf Schaller, an artist on the original Cosmos series, shares his experience of creating the painting, "Hunters, Floaters, and Sinkers" from Episode 2, which speculates about the possible life living in the turbulent atmosphere of a gas-giant planet.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 3: The Harmony of the Worlds

Casey Dreier • October 29, 2013 • 7

We continue our analysis of Cosmos as we jump back in time to see the birth of modern science with Johannes Kepler or, as Sagan calls it, the first fusion of "imagination with observation." Welcome to Episode 3: The Harmony of the Worlds.

Voyager: A Tribute

Stephen J. Pyne • September 25, 2013 • 2

The Voyagers were special when they launched. They have become more so thanks to their longevity, the breadth of their discoveries, the cultural payload they carried, and the sheer audacity of their quest.

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