Episode 401: Curiosity About Curiosity

After a long hiatus, Talking Space returns with a special look at the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), also known as Curiosity. Through Gene and Mark, both of whom were at the launch, we learn a little bit about Curiosty and its mission. We also hear from many members of the MSL team who give some facts and looks into Mars, the rover, and a day in the life both on Mars and for the team on Earth. 

Clips in this episode include: Michael Meyer: lead scientist Mars Exploration Program, John Grotzinger: project scientist, MSL, as well as others who were associated with individual experiments onboard the rover such as ChemMin, MASCAM, and SAM. 

For more on the MSL mission, visit the mission page at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/

A model of the ChemMin experiment which is being flown aboard MSL and may have some applications back on Earth. Credit: Gene Mikulka

An artist's concept of the Mars Science Laboratory as it cruises through the solar system on its way to Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman

SPECIAL NOTE: Our regularly scheduled news shows return next week

Show Recorded - 1/8/2012

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