Planetary Radio • Aug 26, 2013

Taikonauts on the Moon? A Conversation With Leonard David

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Leonard David

Space Journalist for Space. com

Leonard David has been writing about space exploration for more than five decades.  For a recent Space.com article, he collected information from international experts about what appear to be very ambitious plans by China. Goals may include a permanent space station, as well as putting Chinese astronauts on the moon and, just possibly, on Mars.  Leonard shares what he has learned with Mat Kaplan, and talks about his collaboration with Buzz Aldrin on the new nonfiction book, “Mission to Mars.”

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