Naked Astronomy

Naked Astronomy episode

Thu, 23rd Aug 2012

Martian Matters

This image was taken by Mastcam: Left (MAST_LEFT) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3 (2012-08-09 06:01:57 UTC) . (c) NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

Why are we still curious about Mars?  This month on Naked Astronomy, we’re looking into Martian matters to find out how we got to where we are today, ushering in a new era of Martian discoveries from the Mars Science Laboratory.  Also, we’ll examine the evidence for liquid lakes below the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, find out how supermassive stars can form and why the Google Lunar X-Prize is encouraging commercial missions to the Moon.  Plus, our guests take on your space science questions...

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  • 01:02 - Still Curious about Mars...

    We delve into the history of Mars exploration, finding out why the Red Planet has captured our imagination, and discovering the missions that led up to the Mars Science Laboratory...

  • 14:46 - Do telescopes only see back in time?

    Is it real that all what we see in the sky happened in the far past, even millions of years, depending on how far the object is? And can the present universe be very different from real? Is it possible to make a telescope or some sort of radio detector, that can see the real p...

  • 21:37 - Lunar X-Prize Heats Up

    This week, a team in Barcelona have announced that they have signed a launch service contract for a Chinese rocket to carry their lander to the moon, as competition for the Google Lunar X-Prize heats up...

  • 25:52 - Dawn's Departure & the Colour Changing Night Sky

    In an update from the Royal Astronomical Society, we hear how Dawn, currently orbiting Vesta, will depart for a new asteroid this month, and how LED street lighting is changing the night sky...

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