BBC World Service - Discovery, “Faster, Better, Cheaper”

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  1. BBC: Discovery

    NASA’s Curiosity Rover lands on Mars — After the most daring and complex landing of a robot on another planet, the search for evidence of life on Mars enters a new era. NASA’s Curiosity rover is now sitting inside Gale Crater, a vast depression close to the Martian equator. The one tonne machine is the most sophisticated science robot ever placed on another world. Over the coming years, Curiosity will climb a mountain at the crater’s heart, gathering evidence on one of science’s greatest questions – was there ever life on Mars? The $2.5 billion project will discover whether Mars once had conditions suitable for the evolution and survival of life. BBC Space specialist Jonathan Amos talks to mission scientists about where Curiosity is going and what it will do as it trundles up Mars’ Mount Sharp.

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  2. To The Best of Our Knowledge - This Martian Life

    Sending humans to Mars used to seem like an impossible dream. But with the discovery of flowing water on Mars and the blockbuster movie "The Martian," even NASA is talking about a human mission to Mars. So why do people want to go to the Red Planet? We hear from a Mars One finalist and from the commander of one of NASA’s Mars simulations; for 8 months she lived in a dome on the side of a volcano. Also, two science fiction heavyweights: Andy Weir describes the improbable origins of his blockbuster novel "The Martian," and Kim Stanley Robinson wonders what it would be like to travel to the nearest habitable star system 12 light years away. His answer? Like being trapped in a Motel 6. One in A Hundred: Finalist for Private Mars Program On Her Hopes and Fears; The Modern Mars MacGyver: Andy Weir on his Breakout Novel "The Martian"; Simulating Mars — From a Dome in Hawaii; Could Traveling to Mars Save Humanity?; Whistlers and Bow Shocks: Hearing the Sounds of Space; Leaving the Cradle: Kim Stanley Robinson on Traveling Beyond Our Star System.

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  3. Mary Roach: Packing for Mars

    She took us into the world of cadavers and examined the anatomy, physiology and psychology behind sex. Now, Mary Roach discovers the surreality and weirdness of space.

    For example, what happens when you’ve been in space for a year? And is it possible for a human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? From the space shuttle training toilet to NASA’s crash simulation tests, Roach explores the strange universe.

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  4. Next for NASA: The Journey to Mars - SXSW Interactive 2016

    NASA’s Journey to Mars is underway. Already, the first steps are being taken – rovers and orbiters are studying the habitability of the Red Planet, astronauts aboard the International Space Station are studying the effects of long-duration stays in space, and the new Orion crew vehicle successfully has completed a test flight 15 times higher than the space station’s orbit. Now, Kennedy Space Center in Florida is transforming into a next-generation spaceport, the world’s most powerful rocket – Space Launch System – is undergoing manufacture and testing, and other advanced new systems are in development. Beginning very soon, increasingly ambitious missions will lead to the first steps on Mars.

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