Moon to Mars

  • Moon to Mars: What’s Beyond?
    A blue-ribbon Presidential Commission has released its research findings on how best to get exploration initiatives aligned to a future moon or Mars agenda. Their results highlight the educational potential and the significance of living off the land as humans go where robots have pioneered.
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  • The Tool Guy: Red Whittaker Responds
    Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute has spawned advanced robots for exploration, with Red Whittaker often the one directing them into volcanoes or along the ocean floor. Whittaker responds to the questions from the Presidential Commission considering how best to explore the moon and Mars.
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  • Andrew Cheng: One Giant Leap on an Asteroid
    Dr. Andrew Cheng, 2001 project scientist for the first robotic landing on an asteroid, takes up the question: Should humans try to land on what many consider our nearest and best solar system targets, the asteroids?
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  • The Bigger Picture: Minutes from a meeting about the use of media to promote space exploration
    Testifying before the Presidential blue-ribbon commission plotting trips to the moon and mars offers a chance to evaluate the good, the bad and the ugly--in other words, to take note of the big picture.
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  • Marianne Frey: Round Trip Survivor
    Dr. Marianne Frey considers the spaceflight challenges to human physiology and psychology. Does it take more than just the 'right stuff' for humans to get to Mars?
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  • Ray Bradbury: The Illustrated Spaceman
    In viewing Earth, moon and Mars, few could or would ask to look ahead five hundred years. When presenting his views to the blue-ribbon Presidential Panel, author Ray Bradbury took on the challenge of imagining a moon base and a Mars' civilization.
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  • Punching Through the Night´s Curtain (Q & A, Part II)
    What is the endgame in a quest to understand where in the universe we on Earth might fit in? The question hinges on one's view of what a true space-faring civilization or a multi-planet species might represent.
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  • What Would a Martian Drive? (Q & A Part I)
    Three leading space scientists discuss how best to search for life, given what we know today about Mars, history's lessons about human exploration and whether Mars is another place to plant a flag.
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  • David Morrison: Waystations to Mars
    Do asteroids make good candidates for testing mission profiles before trying to get humans on Mars? Dr. David Morrison considers the role of robots and humans, along with which targets might round out a priority list between the Moon and Mars.
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  • Michael Carr: Bringing Mars Home
    How important would it be to have a martian sample to pass around to the worlds' best laboratories, much the way that researchers share meteors and moon rocks today? According to Dr. Michael Carr, the stepwise goal of returning an interesting rock from Mars will
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  • Jonathan Lunine: Life Finder
    Way beyond the horizon of currently planned missions is a place for what Dr. Jonathan Lunine describes as a 'life finder'. The question he poses in his testimony to the Presidential Commission on 'Moon To Mars and Beyond' centers on how one looks for another
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  • Thomas Stafford: Penmanship in Boxing Gloves
    General Thomas Stafford presents his unique views on what it takes for humans to get to the moon and Mars. As a former astronaut, Stafford shows a characteristic attention to the fine details while never failing also to understand a bigger picture.
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  • What’s Next?
    In this multipart lecture series, noted author Dr. Andrew Chaikin takes his unique historical perspective on the question of 'Can Humans Get to Mars?' In this final encore installment, what we have learned about the moon from robotic and remote sensing is laid out
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  • Mars: Man or Machine?
    In this multipart lecture series, noted author Dr. Andrew Chaikin takes his unique historical perspective on the question of 'Can Humans Get to Mars?' This third installment considers what kinds of landscape the first human on Mars might encounter.
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  • Going Mobile
    In this multipart lecture series, noted author Dr. Andrew Chaikin takes his unique historical perspective on the question of 'Can Humans Get to Mars?' This second installment addresses how one might want to remain mobile on another planet.
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