Big Picture Science – Space Archaeology

by Gary Niederhoff on October 22, 2012

Indiana Jones meets Star Trek in the field of space archaeology. Satellites scan ancient ruins so that scientists can map them without disturbing one grain of sand. Discover how some archaeologists forsake their spades and brushes in favor of examining historic sites from hundreds of miles high.

Also, if you were to hunt for alien artifacts – what would you look for? Why ET might choose to send snail mail rather than a radio signal.

Plus, the culture of the hardware we send into space, and roaming the Earth, the moon, and Mars the Google way.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Alice Gorman – Space Exploration Archaeology
Part 2: Robin Hanson – ET’s Trash
Part 3: Christopher Rose – Interstellar Messaging
Part 4: Tiffany Montague – Extraterrestrial Cartography
Part 5: Compton Tucker – Archaeology From Space

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