space http://kalw.org en Where's the best place to view the Comet PanSTARRS? http://kalw.org/post/wheres-best-place-view-comet-panstarrs <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UFOs may be a bit far fetched, but this week there is something else coming from outer space. The Comet </span>PanSTARRS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> can be seen in western skies this week. &nbsp;To learn more about the science behind the spectacle, </span>KALW's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ben </span>Trefny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spoke with </span><a href="http://urbanastronomer.blogspot.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Urban Astronomer Paul Salazar</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:52:26 +0000 Ben Trefny 24321 at http://kalw.org Where's the best place to view the Comet PanSTARRS? Today on Your Call: What’s the status of space exploration? http://kalw.org/post/today-your-call-what-s-status-space-exploration <p>On today&#39;s Your Call, in light of NASA&rsquo;s historic landing of the $2.5 billion &ldquo;Curiosity&rdquo; rover on Mars, we&rsquo;ll talk about space.&nbsp; A planning group is taking a look at how the agency will continue exploring Mars beyond the missions operating today. Who decides where we explore?&nbsp; What space missions are we NOT hearing about?&nbsp; Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. What role do you think NASA should play in the future?&nbsp; It&rsquo;s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.</p><p style="margin: 0px; font: 14px Verdana"><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 07:00:00 +0000 Ali Budner 15156 at http://kalw.org Today on Your Call: What’s the status of space exploration? Author Mary Roach on why we should care about landing on Mars http://kalw.org/post/author-mary-roach-why-we-should-care-about-landing-mars <p class="p1">What&rsquo;s the size of a car, but travels 13,000 miles an hour? That would be the Curiosity Mars Rover, which touched down on the Red Planet last night after eight months of travel and what NASA engineers called <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=146903741">&ldquo;seven minutes of terror.&rdquo;</a></p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 00:20:18 +0000 Casey Miner 14649 at http://kalw.org Author Mary Roach on why we should care about landing on Mars Looking up with SETI's Jill Tarter in her search for extraterrestrial life http://kalw.org/post/looking-setis-jill-tarter-her-search-extraterrestrial-life <p>If you think back to the 1997 film Contact, you&rsquo;ll recall <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmSYXbgcozY&amp;feature=player_detailpage#t=47s">a&nbsp;scene where Jodie Foster</a>, playing alien-hunting astronomer Ellie Arroway, lies on her car hood with huge headphones on her ears, in a field of towering white satellite dishes. She&rsquo;s waiting for something. A signal. She lies still, her eyes closed. And suddenly, she hears something, the sounds of something&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;someone &nbsp;&ndash; beyond the earth, communicating with her.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 01:57:06 +0000 Hana Baba 14462 at http://kalw.org Looking up with SETI's Jill Tarter in her search for extraterrestrial life