Big Picture Science – Martian Madness

by Gary Niederhoff on October 4, 2015

Big Picture Science – Martian Madness

It’s the starkly beautiful setting for the new film “The Martian,” and – just in time – NASA has announced that the Red Planet is more than a little damp, with liquid water occasionally oozing over its surface. But Mars remains hostile terrain. Mark Watney, the astronaut portrayed by Matt Damon, struggles to survive there. If he has a hard time, what chance does anyone else have?

Find out how long you could last just eating Martian potatoes. Also, author Andy Weir describes how he prevailed upon his readers to turn his serialized blog posts into a technically accurate thriller that inspired the film. Plus, the NASA advisor to “The Martian” sorts the science from the fiction.

And, how the discovery of water on Mars might change NASA’s game plan.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Andy Weir / The Martian
Part 2: James Green / Martian Science
Part 3: Christopher Wanjek / Potato Madness
Part 4: James Watzin / Water on Mars

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avatar Bill October 9, 2015 at 6:30 am

I love the series. Unfortunately this one should have come with spoiler alerts as it gave away major plot points not shown in the commercials for the movie. I stopped listening at the half hour mark when there was a major spoiler.

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