Getting Humans to Mars Without Breaking the Bank
Air Date: 02/18/2014
Run Time: 28:50
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- Harley Thronson, Senior Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA scientist Harley Thronson tells us about a new initiative that is figuring out how we will get men and women to the red planet at a reasonable price. You can read their initial report. Emily Lakdawalla reports on Curiosity’s passage over dunes that made engineers nervous. Bill Nye reveals NASA’s plans for a lunar rover that may launch in 2018. Mat Kaplan joins Bruce Betts in a TV studio to record this week’s What’s Up segment. You can watch!
- “Affording Human Exploration of Mars” Workshop Report
- Curiosity Update, Sols 534-540: Over Dingo Gap, Onto Softer Sand
- NASA Planning Lunar Rover That Will Mine Water
- Bruce Betts’ Online Intro to Astronomy Course
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