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
This week's prize is "Beyond Earth," the beautiful, letterpress 19"x25" poster from Chop Shop. See it at chopshopstore.com.
This week's question:
What was the brightest supernova as observed and recorded historically, and approximately how bright was it?
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Last week's question:
What is the region in the electromagnetic spectrum that is between ultraviolet and gamma rays?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What comet did the astronauts on Skylab IV observe?
Comet Kahoutek was observed by the astronauts on Skylab IV.