12:00am

Wed August 15, 2012
Space exploration

Today on Your Call: What’s the status of space exploration?

On today's Your Call, in light of NASA’s historic landing of the $2.5 billion “Curiosity” rover on Mars, we’ll talk about space.  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?  What space missions are we NOT hearing about?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. What role do you think NASA should play in the future?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

Guests:

Dr. Fuk Li, director for the Mars Exploration Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ken Croswell, astronomer and author of 8 books about space, including The Lives of Stars

Janet Vertesi, sociologist of science and technology at Princeton University

Salvatore Babones, associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC and a regular contributor at Truthout.org

Resources:

Popsci: Curiosity's Legacy: What This Week's Successful Landing Means for the Future of Robotic Space Exploration

NYTimes: Life on Mars? Funds to Find Answer Fade

Truth-Out: Virgin Galactic's Space Tourism Venture for the 1% Will Warm the Globe for the Rest of Us

Ken Croswell

Janet Vertesi

Slate: How Space-Age Nostalgia Hobbles Our Future

KALW: Author Mary Roach on why we should care about landing on Mars

PBS: Lost in space? Cuts to NASA threaten innovation, diplomacy

Planetary: NASA Budget Pushes Science to the Brink

MNN: The pros and cons of commercializing space travel

Space Future: Lunar Ethics and Space Commercialization 

NY Times: A One-Way Ticket to Mars

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