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Living and Working on Mars—A Conversation at the International Space Development Conference

A conceptual Mars outpost making rocket propellants from the local environment

Air Date: 05/20/2014
Run Time: 56:44

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  • Charles Whetsel, Mars Program Formulation Office Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Geoff Notkin, Meteorite Man, Discovery Channel
  • Susan Jewell, Space medicine researcher and Mars analog participant, Mars Initiative

Topics: human spaceflight, Planetary Radio, Mars, Bill Nye

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Planetary Radio visits the 33rd ISDC to talk with three explorers who’ve set their sights on the Red Planet: MD and space medicine researcher Susan Jewell, Meteorite Man Geoff Notkin, and Mars Program Formulation Office Manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Charles Whetsel. Emily unveils a new image tool that lets you turn a clean Mars Rover into a very dirty one. Bill Nye contrasts a warming attitude toward planetary exploration with the growing chill between the US and Russia. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan give away a littleBits Space Kit—modular electronics fun created with NASA.

An Astronaut on Mars

NASA Haughton Mars Project / Pascal Lee

An Astronaut on Mars
A simulated view of an astronaut on Mars.

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