Neil deGrasse Tyson on Traveling to Mars

Friday, November 25, 2011

On Saturday, NASA will be launching the new rover "Curiosity," also known as Mars Science Laboratory. The mission is meant to examine chemical ingredients to see if the planet can support human life. The spacecraft will explore a crater the size of a large lake. Curiosity is delivering a rover equipped to test if there is methane in the air. This could be a key sign that the "Red Planet" may be able to support life.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and host of Star Talk Radio. He discusses what a Mars mission would look like.

Comments [2]

I think Neil deGrasse Tyson's awesome; his explanation of the distances involved in Human Space Travel is simple and very easy to understand...

If the Earth was compared to a common classroom globe...

The Shuttle - 3/8" from the surface.
Project Apollo - 30' from the surface.
Traveling to Mars - 1 Mile from the surface.

Pretty deep, huh? ;)

Nov. 28 2011 02:04 AM
jake from Pensacola FL

Darn you got cut off at the end, I wanted to hear Tyson talk about Neutrinos.

Nov. 25 2011 04:28 PM

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