'Destination Mars' - Frontier Journeys To The Red Planet

Examining the state of martian exploration.

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Martha Gilmore, above, is a geologist who teaches at Wesleyan University and worked on landing site selections for Mars rover missions.
Chion Wolf
'Destination Mars' - Frontier Journeys To The Red Planet
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'Destination Mars' - Frontier Journeys To The Red Planet

The good news about Mars? It has sunlight, carbon, water, and nitrogen. On a good day, it's only 35.8 million miles away. True that good day is July 27, 2018, but still, it beats trying to reach the closest other Earth-like planet which is 70 trillion miles away.

The bad news about Mars? We've sent forty spacecraft there. Many didn't make it. The ones that did get there didn't find so much as as a bacterium fossil.  Mars is unimaginably dry and frozen and regularly blasted by solar winds. 
But still, we want to reach it. Partly because it's our best chance to go anywhere and party because -- for all of its unearthly harshness -- it really is a close cousin in other ways. We'll tell you more on today's show.
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E-mail from Michael

Colin- As usual you have chosen a thought provoking and interesting topic for your program. I hope the program will consider the relative value of human exploration versus robotic exploration via Mars rovers.

Keep up the eclectic and interesting programing.