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Radio Astrobiology
Topic: Missions
03/27/06
Summary: Welcome to Radio Astrobiology, the podcast of Astrobiology Magazine: each week we'll feature a new program, including Ask an Astrobiologist, Astrobiology in the News, and Great Debates. In Part I of an in-depth interview, our host Simon Mitton discusses astrobiology and its exploration frontiers.

Making a Home on the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
03/23/06
Summary: After a grueling day climbing the mountains of the moon, astronauts will need a place to kick back and relax. Larry Toups of the Johnson Space Center talks with Astrobiology Magazine about the challenges of designing a dwelling for the future moonwalkers.

Deconstructing Life
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
03/13/06
Summary: How does chemistry become biology? Solving this question is important for research into life´s origins, and also for the search for life elsewhere in the universe. In this interview, Dimitar Sasselov, describes a new comprehensive study that will try to figure out how chemical systems cross over into the world of the living.

To Pluto and Beyond
Topic: Outer Solar System
03/02/06
Summary: As the New Horizons mission to Pluto prepared for launch in January, NASA presented a webcast in which mission scientists answered questions from the public. In this edited transcript, project scientist Harold Weaver Jr. talks about what we could learn about Pluto.

Questioning Pluto
Topic: Outer Solar System
02/09/06
Summary: As the New Horizons mission to Pluto prepared for launch in January, NASA presented a webcast in which scientists answered questions from public. In this edited transcript, David Kusnierkiewicz, mission systems engineer for New Horizons, talks about technology that will take spacecraft to Pluto and beyond.

The Lessons of Exposure
Topic: Extreme Life
02/06/06
Summary: In this interview with Gerda Horneck, she shares her concerns about sending humans to Mars. She also explains why our own bacteria, after being exposed to the harsh radiation of outer space, won´t come back to haunt us.

Swarming for Success
Topic: Extreme Life
12/12/05
Summary: Dr. Penelope Boston and Dr. Steven Dubowsky are working to develop "hopping microbots" capable of exploring hazardous terrain, including underground caves. If the project pans out, hopping microbots may some day be sent to search for life below the surface of Mars. In Part II of this interview, Dr. Boston talks about the swarm-like behavior of large groups of microbots that enables them to perform sophisticated research tasks.

Exploring Caves with Hopping Microbots
Topic: Extreme Life
12/08/05
Summary: For the past several years, NASA has been encouraging scientists and engineers to think outside the box, to come up with ideas just this side of science fiction. One of the projects that received funding earlier this year was a collaboration between Dr. Penelope Boston and Dr. Steven Dubowsky to develop "hopping microbots" capable of exploring hazardous terrain, including underground caves.

Latching onto Lichen
Topic: Extreme Life
12/05/05
Summary: Lichen, those colored crusts that sprout on bare rocks, dead wood, frozen soil, and other inhospitable sites, can tolerate the extreme conditions of outer space. In this interview with Astrobiology Magazine, Rosa de la Torre talks about the potential for lichen to travel between the planets and to colonize Mars.

Expectations for a Final Theory?
Topic: Missions
10/24/05
Summary: Martin Rees is Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge and Britain´s Astronomer Royal. He is the author of numerous popular science books, including the bestselling Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe.
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