Big Picture Science – Mars Struck

by Gary Niederhoff on March 6, 2015

Big Picture Science – Mars-Struck

You love to travel. But would you if doing so meant never coming home? The private company Mars One says it will land humans on the Red Planet by 2026, but is only offering passengers one-way tickets. Hundreds of thousands of people volunteered to go.

Meet a young woman who made the short list, and hear why she’s ready to be Mars-bound. Also, why microbes could be hiding in water trapped in the planet’s rocks. And, how a wetter, better Mars lost its atmosphere and became a dry and forbidding place.

Plus, why Kim Stanley Robinson, author of a famous trilogy about colonizing and terraforming Mars, thinks that the current timeline for going to the planet is unrealistic.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Laurel Kaye / Mars One
Part 2: The Long Trip
Part 3: Alfonso Davila / Exploring Mars
Part 4: Stephen Brecht / Water on Mars
Part 5: Kim Stanley Robinson / Humans on Mars

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avatar Walter M. Cazenave March 9, 2015 at 12:47 pm

I’m currently following this initiative through their newsletters to see how far they go.
My bet is that all the fuss is nothing but the most well-created marketing campaign (with merchandising all the way till the end) in preparation for the first global Big Brother for the would-be so-called selection of the “pioneers”. I don’t think it’ll go beyond that.

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