Big Picture Science – Humans Need Not Apply: Tom Jones
by Gary Niederhoff on April 16, 2012
Part 5 of Humans Need Not Apply, featuring Tom Jones, United States astronaut, space consultant, and veteran of four Space Shuttle flights, on the unique qualities our biological selves bring to the field of space exploration. (TRT 7:26)
Could your favorite Earthling also be your favorite Martian?
Allow me to respond: The answer is "yes." It's possible that billions of years ago, tiny bits of biology quit the Red Planet and infected ours. If so, your family tree -- and that of every other terrestrial life form -- has its deepest roots not in the ancient oceans of Earth, but... (read more)