Presidential Commission on the Moon, Mars and Beyond initiative

  • 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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  • William “Red” Whittaker: Red´s Rovers
    Dr. William "Red" Whittaker is a principal scientist with the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. When he testified before the moon and Mars Presidential Commission, he made the case for 'going for the poles'--a strategy similar to the historical Magellan routes where circumnavigation lines
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  • William "Red" Whittaker: Red´s Rovers
    Dr. William "Red" Whittaker is a principal scientist with the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. When he testified before the moon and Mars Presidential Commission, he made the case for 'going for the poles'--a strategy similar to the historical Magellan routes where circumnavigation lines
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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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  • Edward Lu: Why Move an Asteroid?
    The global defense against asteroids includes proposals to change the orbit of a hazardous, incoming rock. Doing this engineering in space by 2015 has much to do with how to control another world's orbit--with nothing but empty space to push off of.
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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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  • 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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