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Have you noticed the renewed interest in interstellar exploration? Elon Musk’s Space X company has a solid offer from some people wanting an extreme Tilt-A-Whirl ride from Earth around the Moon and back (they hope). And he’s talking of colonizing Mars, perhaps inspired by the ingenuity of Matt Damon’s character in “The Martian” film a couple of years ago.

Daily news roundup for Monday, February 23, 2015

Feb 23, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Meet the space cadets: 5 Bay Area residents selected to compete for one-way Mars voyage // The Examiner

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.


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What’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 “seven minutes of terror.”