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Humans Orbiting Mars!

Artist's conception of the view from Mars orbit

Air Date: 09/29/2015
Run Time: 37:56

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Topics: Future Mission Concepts, human spaceflight, Planetary Radio, Mars, conference report, Bill Nye

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Scott Hubbard and John Logsdon led the Humans Orbiting Mars Workshop last spring. They return with Casey Dreier as the report on that workshop is released to the world. Emily Lakdawalla sizes up NASA’s announcement about water on the surface of Mars right now. Bill Nye calls us on his way toward the Crimson Tide. Bruce Betts honors some big events in space history in our What's Up segment this week.

Journey to Mars


Journey to Mars
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Who was the only woman to perform a solo space flight?

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What word generally refers to three celestial bodies in a line? (Bruce thinks it’s a funny word.)


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Who provided the voice of the robot in the classic 60s TV series,“Lost in Space?”


Dick Tufeld provided the voice of the Lost in Space robot, though Bob May was in the tin can.


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