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Planetary RadioAugust 3, 2018

Space Policy Edition: Destination…Mars? Contradictions and Principles

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Jason Callahan

Former Space Policy Advisor, The Planetary Society

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser, The Planetary Society

Mat Kaplan
Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer, The Planetary Society

The Senate just held a hearing on NASA's efforts to send humans to...Mars? A week later, the same committee advanced legislation to extend the life of the International Space Station to 2030, six years beyond the current end-date and two years beyond the current hardware safety ratings. Does that extension undermine efforts to get to Mars? What about the Moon? Casey and Jason also introduce The Planetary Society's new principles for human spaceflight, which provide a framework by which the organization will evaluate plans for human exploration.

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Humans exploring Mars (Artist concept)

NASA/Pat Rawlings, SAIC

Humans exploring Mars (Artist concept)
After driving a short distance from their landing site, two explorers stop to inspect a robotic lander and its small rover in this artist's concept of a future Mars mission.

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Listen more: Commercial spaceflight, Humans to Mars, Space Policy, podcasts and videos, FY2019 NASA Budget, Future Robotic Missions, human spaceflight, astronaut, International Space Station, Mars

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