RPR 10 NASA’s “Journey To Mars” Public Affairs Officer, Jim Wilson

1eebb4cThe Orion spacecraft is kind of small, so how will NASA astronauts live comfortably on the way to Mars? What will they eat? And what are the contigency plans if something were to go wrong, a la, “The Martian”?

NASA Public Affairs Officer Jim Wilson answers these questions and more on today’s episode. Jim is an authority on all things Journey To Mars and was happy to give us all the up-to-date information on the current status of the mission.

Today’s host is Ron Sparkman, creator of UpportunityU.com and a project manager with I Love Mars Media.

Link to listen to our interview in iTunes: RPR 10 – NASA’s Jim Wilson.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-procuded with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at www.MarsSociety.org and ILoveMars.Info.

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RPR 9 – New Zealand Mars Society Chapter President: Haritina Mogoșanu

profile-pic-haritinaNew Zealand Mars Society Chapter President Haritina Mogosanu is definitely a dreamer. Her fascination with stars has gone back as far as she can remember. As Haritina grew up, her passion for stars grew too, and she learned that many of humankind’s greatest stories were linked to the stars in one way or another.

Now, as a starryteller, she uses this passion for space and stars to support science education and space exploration through outreach projects like the KiwiSpace Foundation, Ancient Skies, and the Society of Maori Astronomy.

Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, bestselling author of the Mars Journey series, and Founder of I Love Mars Media.

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The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at: www.marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 8 Author of Mars Our Future on the Red Planet: Leonard David

leonard-davide-profile-photoLeonard David is an award winning space journalist, reporting on space activities for over 50 years and is author of Mars – Our Future on the Red Planet to be published by National Geographic on October 25, 2016. The book is the companion volume to Mars – a six-part television series from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to air on the National Geographic Channel in November 2016.

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Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, bestselling author of the Mars Journey series, and Founder of I Love Mars Media.

Leonard is the first recipient of the American Astronautical Society’s (AAS) “Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History” in the category of journalism.

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Leonard is co-author with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin of Mission to Mars – My Vision for Space Exploration released in May 2013 and published by the National Geographic Society. A soft cover edition of the book with a new essay was released in May 2015.

Also issued in May 2015 — Space Careers — was co-authored by Leonard and entrepreneur Scott Sacknoff. This book is designed for high school, college, graduate students – and job seekers of all ages. It is an in-depth source for understanding and finding a career in the space and satellite industry.

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The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at: www.marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 7 Mars City Design Challenge Founder and CEO: Vera Mulyani

Mars City Design Founder and CEO, Vera Mulyani, with Red Planet Radio Host, Bill Hargenrader at the Mars City Design Challenge 2016 Finals.

Mars City Design Founder and CEO, Vera Mulyani, with Red Planet Radio Host, Bill Hargenrader at the Mars City Design Challenge 2016 Finals.

Vera Mulyani’s multidisciplinary background in master planning in various fields of art; architecture, urban design, filmmaking and storytelling, has made her specialized in conceptual strategy in technology, innovation and business development, which is just perfect for designing a  future city on Mars today.  Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, bestselling author of the Mars Journey series, and Founder of I Love Mars Media.

Mars City Design’s mission is to design the blueprint for sustainable cities on Mars. Mars City Design is a human movement, comprised of not only scientists and engineers, but also, experts from the vast landscape of artistic vocations.

We talked Mars research, art, multidisciplinary collaboration, influences, putting the fun in Mars exploration, growing a business, and more.

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Vera Mulyani’s multidisciplinary background in master planning in various fields of art; architecture, urban design, filmmaking and storytelling, has made her specialized in conceptual strategy in technology, innovation and business development. Ms. Mulyani contributes her expertise in applying combining these fields, creating a collaborative competition platform for designing cities for Mars, our next step to settle the Red Planet. Ms. Mulyani is the Master Architect and planner of Mars City Design.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at: www.marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 6 Elon Musk’s SpaceX Mars Colonization Plan Reviewed By Dr. Zubrin

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Mars Society Founder, Dr. Robert Zubrin and Red Planet Radio Host, Bill Hargenrader at the 2016 Mars Society Convention.

Dr. Zubrin is an American aerospace engineer and author of The Case for Mars, best known for his advocacy of the manned exploration. Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, bestselling author of the Mars Journey series, and Founder of I Love Mars Media.

Dr. Zubrin discusses:

-His take on the Elon Musk’s SpaceX Mars colonization plan

-Ways he would improve the mission

-Describes Mars Direct and Mars Semi Direct

-Talks about the big takeaways from the Mars Society Convention 2016

-Talks the next steps for our path to Mars

Link to listen in iTunes: RPR 06 – Dr. Robert Zubrin

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Dr. Zubrin was the driving force behind Mars Direct, a proposal intended to produce significant reductions in the cost and complexity of such a mission. The key idea was to use the Martian atmosphere to produce oxygen, water, and rocket propellant for the surface stay and return journey. He is the President of the Mars Society and Pioneer Astronautics and Pioneer Energy. He has developed a number of concepts for space propulsion and exploration, and is the author of over 200 technical and non-technical papers and five books.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at: www.marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR Episode 5 – Chris Hoftun

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Bill Hargenrader, bestselling author of the Mars Journey series, interviews Chris Hoftun Chairman and co-founder of the Mars Institute Norway, and Program Manager Space Systems at Zaptec where he is currently investigating a new plasma drilling system under development (PLASMARS).

We talked about his trip to Devon Island for a Mars science research trip, learned about plasma drilling for earth, asteroids, Mars and its moons, as well as talked about what it takes to pursue your passion and help realize a greater vision for humanity.

Christopher Hoftun has a Master of Science from the University of Stavanger, Norway. He is the chairman and co-founder of the Mars Institute Norway, after he conducted a study of planetary drilling at the Mars Institute, at NASA Ames Research Center, California, USA. He is also the Program Manager Space Systems at Zaptec, HQ in Stavanger, Norway, and based at NASA Ames Research Center. He is currently investigating a new plasma drilling system under development (PLASMARS) by the Zaptec, Inc company and the European Space Agency (ESA). The plasma- drill that will enable deep subsurface access on asteroids, Mars and its moons for in-situ science investigation sampling and exploration.

Drilling is anticipated to be an important activity in the future exploration of the Moon, Mars, and of small bodies, such as asteroids and the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. NASA and ESA have identified subsurface access as a significant science and exploration priority for planetary missions in the near-future, and are pursuing technologies necessary to enable such access. The PLASMARS project ́s purpose is to develop prototypes and field-test robotic plasma drilling technologies for missions to the Moon, asteroids, and Mars in the 2021-2025 time.

Link to listen in iTunes: RPR 05 – Chris Hoftun

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The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at: www.marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR Episode 4 – Lucinda Offer

lucinda-offer_squareBill Hargenrader, bestselling author of the Mars Journey series, interviews Lucinda Offer, Executive Director of the Mars Society, who has devoted over 10 years to Humans to Mars advocacy and analog research.

Lucinda has been an extremely effective Executive Director of the Mars Society USA, a role which she held in the past, and now again appointed in 2015. She has devoted over 10 years to Humans to Mars advocacy and analog research. Positions included leading lobbying efforts in DC, PR Director, and Executive Director.

She completed Crew 97 (January 2011) rotation at MDRS as crew roboticist testing NASA/Mars Society tele-operated exploration rover ‘Sandstorm’, as well as four NASA Science expeditions researching Mars analogues to Saudi Arabia (Mars and Titan), Australia (3.5 Bya stromatolites and the Dawn of Life Trail), the Mojave (tardigrades), and New Zealand (geothermal vents). Backgrounds in Geology, Design, and Science Communication.

Lucinda also combines those talents to teach Physical and Earth science concepts using visual communication. She continues her efforts with publishing Mars-oriented educational materials, first published in 2010.

Link to listen in iTunes: RPR 04 – Lucinda Offer

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RPR Episode 3 – Thomas Myers (Physics of SpaceX Blog)

Podcast host John King, interviews Tom Myers, physicist and blogger at The Physics of SpaceX.

We delve into Mars colonisation logistics and future potential technologies. See below for detailed breakdown of discussion.

Link to listen in iTunes: RPR 03 Tom Myers (Physics of SpaceX)

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Subjects discussed, in approximate chronological order:

  • Intro to Tom and how he came to start his blog “The Physics of SpaceX”
  • Why SpaceX only reuses the first stage of the Falcon 9 (Tom explains extrapolating from the rocket equation + other calculations the infeasibility of second stage re-use)
  • What SpaceX Mars colonisation logistics may look like (BFR + MCT). How the MCT could re-fuel in space.
  • How “breaking” when arrive at Mars works (high level) using aerobreaking + retropropulsion
  • Using SpaceX Mars logistics for other organisations (universities, governments) to put things on Mars.
  • Tom’s background in rocketry – competing in solid fuel rocket building competitions against the USA + French
  • 21m – The complexity (?) of an engineering leap from kerosene based fuels to methane
  • Fuel options on Mars (Methane or Hydrogen) + tradeoffs between the two
  • Who might be the first people to go to Mars? SpaceX Engineers / NASA astronauts
  • Mars collaboration going forward? ESA, JSA, China
  • Will others be able to copy/compete with SpaceX?
  • Discussion of Skylon’s single stage to orbit liquid hydrogen concept, how it could bring down the cost of transporting payloads into orbit (in the future), and how extra ‘players’ will increase redundance capacity (should something happen with a BFR etc)
  • Ion engines and “going the long way around” to Mars, to reach it outside of transfer windows
  • 38m – How ion engines work (vs liquid propellant) (loosely explained)
  • If ion engines can go 10x faster, how do they break at the other end? Force of air resistance scales with square of speed
  • 42m – Why ion engines won’t work within the Earth’s gravity
  • SpaceX plans for creating a satellite network to share internet across the world. How it will benefit the world + SpaceX. Including creating communication between Earth + Mars
  • 51m – In situ-resource utilisation. Why we want to go to Mars vs building something in empty space.
  • Resources available on Mars
  • Why asteroid mining from Mars is more appealing than from Earth
  • Feasibility of living underground on Mars – including the speculated empty lava tubes
  • 1hr – Future Mars governance & future independence
  • Self driving cars on Mars
  • 1hr 10m – How Mars will help drive new innovation – through necessity
  • 1hr 18m – Virtual Reality utilisation on Mars – helping the colony to handle reduced space and movement options.
  • 1hr 23m – Gravity on Mars
  • 1m 28m – Various rationales for going to Mars
  • 1hr 31m – Comparing the discovery of the Americas to Mars exploration
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RPR Episode 2 – Andrew Rader

andrew raderBill Hargenrader, bestselling author of the Mars Journey series, hosts Andrew Rader, SpaceX mission integrator with a PhD from MIT in human long duration spaceflight, and holder of the title of Canada’s Greatest Know-it-All.

Andrew runs New Horizon Games which designs tabletop card games, including ‘Evolve: The Game of Unnatural Selection’, and ‘Politics: Bribes, Scandals, Strife, and Strategy’. He has over 15 years of game design experience with Australian Design Group.

Andrew is also an author (‘Leaving Earth’) and Youtuber with over 4 million views (youtube/AndrewRader). He runs a personal Twitter account (@marsrader), a science account (@weird_sci), and a history account (@weird_hist). Find Andrew on Facebook at Facebook/RaderAndrew.

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RPR Episode 1 – Dr. Robert Zubrin

doctor-robert-zubrinThis episode features and interview with Dr. Robert Zubrin, Founder and President of the Mars Society, an American aerospace engineer and author of The Case for Mars, best known for his advocacy of the manned exploration of Mars. Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, bestselling author of Mars Journey, and Founder of the popular I Love Mars Media

Dr. Zubrin was the driving force behind Mars Direct, a proposal intended to produce significant reductions in the cost and complexity of such a mission. The key idea was to use the Martian atmosphere to produce oxygen, water, and rocket propellant for the surface stay and return journey. He is the President of the Mars Society and Pioneer Astronautics and Pioneer Energy. He has developed a number of concepts for space propulsion and exploration, and is the author of over 200 technical and non-technical papers and five books.

Link to listen in iTunes: RPR 01 – Dr. Robert Zubrin

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The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at: www.marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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