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Episode 31 - The Interplanetary Business Case (feat. Chantelle Dubois)

Episode 31 - The Interplanetary Business Case (feat. Chantelle Dubois) by

Duration: 00:39:27

Episode 30 - Keeping Track of Curiosity (feat. Fred Calef)

Without GPS, keeping track of our Martian explorers is no easy task. Data management for the thousands of photos, especially their locations, is in fact a full time job. Fred Calef, JPL's "Keeper of the Maps" joins Jake to talk all about how we build a base map for Curiosity to help scientists get the right context for their geologic studies.

Duration: 00:49:55

Episode 29 - A Teenage Rover (feat. Mike Seibert)

For over 13 years, NASA's Opportunity Rover has been exploring Meridiani Planum on Mars. The determined spacecraft has faced a lot of challenges through its mission, not least of which is continuing to operate in the harsh Martian environment. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mike Seibert joins Jake to talk about all the intricacies of operating a spacecraft another world away. WeMartians music is "RetroFuture", "Electrodoodle" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative...

Duration: 00:53:54

Episode 28 - Five Years of Being Curious (feat. Emily Lakdawalla)

It's been five years since NASA's Curiosity Rover touched down on the surface of Mars, and it's been doing all kinds of science as it climbs the slopes of Mt. Sharp ever since. Taking a step back, what have we learned from this flagship mission so far? The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla joins Jake to discuss how Curiosity has pushed the limits of spacecraft engineering, operations, and science.

Duration: 00:47:06

Episode 27 - The Policy of Mars (feat. Casey Dreier)

Despite a growing influence of private organizations in the space industry, government still holds a lot of power in the direction of exploration. Space policy is a messy, complicated and mysterious affair. The Planetary Society's Casey Dreier, Director of Space Policy, joins Jake to talk about the current affairs of Mars exploration, from the robotic side to the human side.

Duration: 01:09:35

Episode 26 - Remembering Pathfinder

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Duration: 00:45:26

Episode 23 - Esker Questions (feat. Frances Butcher)

On Earth, geologists are pretty familiar with the concept of an esker, a snake-like ridge formation left behind by a receding glacier. Across our planet they can be found in areas where glaciers once dominated the landscape. The same is true on Mars, but eskers also require a time when glaciers could melt. Frances Butcher, a PhD student from the Open University, talks with Jake about these special kinds of Martian eskers that indicate a warmer, wetter environment than we once thought....

Duration: 00:34:12

Episode 21 - LPSC 2017

Every year, upwards of 2,000 planetary scientists descend upon a suburb of Houston to discuss the latest findings, share the work, and learn something new. A lot of Mars happens at these conferences, so WeMartians decided to attend it in person! Jake catches up with old friends, makes some new ones, and explores Mars like never before. WeMartians music is "RetroFuture" and "Electrodoodle" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License...

Duration: 00:48:24

Episode 19 - Dome Sweet Dome (feat. Kelsey Lents and Jeffrey Montes)

A surface mission to Mars will involve a lengthy stay in a harsh environment. Many have argued that this could be a psychologically draining experience as astronauts are forced into confined spaces with no light, perhaps underground away from harsh radiation. But architects Kelsey Lents and Jeffrey Montes don't believe that's necessary. They and their teams helped design the Mars Ice House, a 3D-printed ice dome that caught the eye of NASA and became a feasibility study to build a surface...

Duration: 00:52:09

Episode 17 - Canada CanMars, too! (feat. Eric Pilles)

NASA currently operates two rovers on the surface of Mars, but in the next five years that population could more than double as JPL prepares its third rover, and space agencies in Europe and China look to create their own footholds. That's why creating a pipeline of talent that can plan, target, drive and otherwise operate these rovers is so important. Enter CanMars - an anlogue mission run by the Canadian Space Agency using real rovers here on Earth. I caught up with Eric Pilles, the...

Duration: 00:41:45

Episode 16 - Closed Ecological Systems (feat. Morgan Irons)

Living and working in a remote place requires more than just food, water, shelter and air. If we're serious about maintaining the health of our future Martian astronauts, we'll need to pay close attention to the mental health, and we'll need to figure out a way to make food sustainable. The idea of farming on Mars isn't new, but the ideas of Morgan Irons, founder and Chief Science Officer of Deep Space Ecology, certainly push them forward. Her "three-zone model" promises to create a closed...

Duration: 00:43:59

Episode 15 - The Frosty Plains of Utopia Planitia (feat. Cassie Stuurman)

Some call water the "oil of the solar system" because of its importance in our eventual exploration of other planets. Finding new sources and learning about how to access it plays a key role in our future. Using the SHARAD instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Cassie Stuurman and a team at University of Texas at Austin discovered a massive deposit of ice in the northern plains of Utopia Planitia. Cassie joins us to tell the tale of its discovery, characterization and importance....

Duration: 00:32:12

Episode 14 - Methane in Stereo (feat. Nicolas Thomas)

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter's primary mission is to hunt down sources of trace gasses in the orbiter and characterize them. Chief among these chemicals is Methane, and when it is isolated on the surface, we're going to want to know what that place looks like. Enter the Colour and Stereo Surface Imagine System, a state of the art instrument that can take stereo images of the surface, allowing us to see Mars in 3D. Nicolas Thomas, Principal Investigator of the instrument, joins us to tell...

Duration: 00:39:23

Episode 13 - Making Humans Multiplanetary (feat. Anthony Colangelo)

Elon Musk has now bore his heart (of gold) to the world. His plans for making humans multiplanetary have been shared with us, including his incredible 42-engine reusable booster, his 100-person interplanetary spaceship, and his vision for colonizing Mars. Together they form the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System, and they are nothing if not bold. I'm joined by Anthony Colangelo from the Main Engine Cut Off Podcast to talk more about this vision, including some of the realities of...

Duration: 00:47:53

Episode 12 - Mission to sMars (feat. the crew of HI-SEAS IV)

Understanding human social behaviour under conditions of remote isolation, close quarters, and constrained resources will one day be critical to successfully executing a crewed mission to Mars. Analogues and simulations provide a useful tool to learn these tactics. HI-SEAS IV (Hawaii Space Exploration Analogue and Simulation) is one such experiment, and six crewmembers recently exited after an entire year in a dome on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano. We spoke with all six members of the...

Duration: 00:38:46

Episode 6 - Mars; God of War (feat. Kyle Dally)

Mars reached opposition (when it, Earth and the Sun form a straight line) on May 22nd. It's closest approach (today, May 30th) is another important astronomical event. All of these work on a 26-month cycle. Astronomers around the world have their eyes trained on the blood-coloured planet, tracking its retrograde motion, supreme brightness, and near-approach with great interest. We went on site with Kyle Dally of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to learn about what these events...

Duration: 00:38:15