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Hints of Habitability
Topic: Mars
05/04/05
Summary: Bernard Foing, Chief Scientist for the European Space Agency, provides an overview of the most notable discoveries made during the Mars Express mission, Europe's first trip to the Red Planet. In part two of this overview, Foing looks at how these discoveries could help pinpoint the prospects for life on Mars.

Wading in Martian Water
Topic: Mars
05/02/05
Summary: The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has been orbiting Mars for over a year. While the high resolution images of the planet's many craters, volcanoes, and other features get the most notice, the spacecraft's seven instruments have also gathered large amounts of data about the planet's atmosphere, geology, and chemistry.

Blue Ribbon Buoyancy
Topic: Moon to Mars
03/23/05
Summary: In Part Four in the series on stellar and terrestrial evolution, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the PBS/NOVA Series "Origins", discusses his role in the President's Commission on the Moon, Mars and Beyond, and the surprising things he learned from testimony presented to the commission.

Pushing the Planetary Envelope
Topic: Moon to Mars
03/23/05
Summary: In Part Five in the series on stellar and terrestrial evolution, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the PBS/NOVA Series "Origins", discusses his role in the President's Commission on the Moon, Mars and Beyond, and explains what drives us to seek a future in space.

The Martian Frozen Sea
Topic: Mars
03/14/05
Summary: At the recent European Space Agency's Mars Express conference, scientists announced they had found a frozen sea on the martian equator. John Murray, from the Department of Earth Sciences at the Open University in the UK, is lead author on the paper to be published in the journal Nature. Astrobiology Magazine editor Leslie Mullen sat down with Murray to discuss the new finding.

Sounding Out Mars
Topic: Mars
02/28/05
Summary: After a year's delay, the MARSIS instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter will soon be deployed. In this interview, Jeffrey Plaut of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes how the radar instrument could uncover how much, if any, liquid water lies hidden below the surface of Mars.

Something Bigger Than Life
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/16/05
Summary: The next decade offers unique chances to do what might be called, comparative planetology. How is the Earth different from its neighbors and why? NASA's Associate Administrator for the Science Directorate indicates that to do this hard work, the motivation follows from something bigger than life.

Moved by Science in Motion
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/14/05
Summary: Al Diaz is the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate of NASA - meaning the highest official solely focused on science at NASA. On the day after the successful landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan, Diaz talked about astrobiology's central role within NASA.

Radio Free Earth
Topic: Alien Life
02/02/05
Summary: In Part Three in the series on stellar and terrestrial evolution, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the PBS/NOVA Series "Origins", discusses the limits of radio searches for extraterrestrial life.

Templating Ourselves
Topic: Alien Life
01/31/05
Summary: In Part Two in the series on stellar and terrestrial evolution, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the PBS/NOVA Series "Origins", discusses the human tendency of being self-centered, and how that can shape our reality and cloud our vision of the truth.
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