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Mon, 6th Aug 2012

Mars Curiosity Extra

Curiosity's Sky Crane Maneuver, Artist's Concept (c) NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's David Blake from the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover team and the Open University's Cassini-Huygens space probe pioneer John Zarnecki answer your questions about planetary exploration. This special podcast is an addendum to the August 5th 2012 episode of the Naked Scientists Podcast and contains extra material not included in the published programme.

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  • 00:52 - How do Rovers Cope with Low Temperatures?

    Long time listener, first time questioner. Given the temperature extremes on the surface of Mars, what design features are used to keep the rover components from freezing? Regards from Sunny Queensland.

  • 02:58 - How Much do Space Missions Cost?

    Hey, I was just wondering how much it had cost to pull this mission off, and if the cost can truly be justified? And what are we really gaining from this mission? Regards Aaron.



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