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Red Planet Radio

Welcome to Red Planet Radio presented by the Mars Society, a podcast dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of Mars. Each episode, the Red Planet Radio podcast includes interviews with leading scientists, space experts, government officials and other important figures connected to the ongoing exploration of the Red Planet.Hosting Red Planet Radio on behalf of the Mars Society will be Bill Hargenrader, Innovation Strategist, and Founder of Facebook’s popular I Love Mars page, and John King, entrepreneur, and Mars exploration advocate. 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 03 - Physics of SpaceX blogger: Tom Myers

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. Subjects discussed today: 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

1hr 36mins

18 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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RPR 18 - Dr. Robert Zubrin, President, The Mars Society

In today's episode we speak with Dr. Robert Zubrin. Dr Zubrin is the president of The Mars Society and author of the seminal "The Case for Mars" & "Mars Direct". He is one of the most outspoken voices on getting us to Mars as soon as possible and is often featured in T.V. shows to speak on the subject, such as National Geographic's "MARS" series. In this interview, Dr Zubrin discusses the latest findings on Mars, the new direction of NASA with the current administration, and Musk's plan for the ITS and Mars exploration.  Find out more about Dr. Zubrin's passion project The Mars Society at MarsSociety.org Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, Founder of I Love Mars Media. The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

42mins

30 Nov 2017

Rank #2

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

There are many burning questions for NASA's Journey To Mars: Since the Orion is so small, how will NASA astronauts live comfortably on the way to Mars? What will they eat and how will they grow food? And what are the contingency plans if something were to go wrong, a la, “The Martian”?   NASA Public Affairs officer Jim Wilson answered these questions and many more in today's interview.  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. 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 IloveMars.info

29mins

15 Dec 2016

Rank #3

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RPR 23: Dr. Robert Zubrin on InSight, Moon Direct, & More

In this interview, we discuss Mars InSight's successful landing, Zubrin's Moon Direct plan, his critiques on the Deep Space Gateway, working with SpaceX to get back to the moon, and much more!  

39mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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RPR 07 - Mars City Design Challenge Founder and CEO: Vera Mulyani

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. More about our guest: 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

33mins

11 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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RPR 08 – Author of Mars Our Future on the Red Planet: Leonard David

Leonard 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.  Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, bestselling author of the Mars Journey series, and Founder of I Love Mars Media. 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. 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, to be presented in October 2015 in connection with the 8th AAS Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium held in Huntsville, Alabama. 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

26mins

25 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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RPR 11 – Radiation and Propulsion Expert: Dr. Joseph Parker

Today’s guest is Dr. Joseph Parker. Dr. Parker has a doctorate of medicine from the Mayo Clinic and a Master's of Science in Space Studies.  He served in the Marines and became an officer in the US Air Force with the Strategic Air Command, later US Space Command, and had command and control of Minuteman II ICBMs as a Missile Launch Officer. Then he became a doctor and has been in practice for about 15 years in Emergency Medicine. He has published and presented research in human radiation exposure tolerance regarding colonization of the Moon and Mars, as well as methods of advanced propulsion. Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, bestselling author of the Mars Journey series, and Founder of I Love Mars Media. 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

25mins

18 Jan 2017

Rank #7

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RPR 20 - James L Burk, IT Director & Mars VR Lead, The Mars Society

In today's episode we speak with James L Burk. James is The Mars Society's IT Director and is heading up their newest project, MarsVR! In this interview, we discuss the Mars Society's new VR project MarsVR, how it differs from the other VR and AR projects out there, the creation of "Crowd Exploration", photogrammetry mapping for photorealistic VR experiences, the science, citizen-science, STEM, & outreach applications for MarsVR, how MDRS fits in (and a little info on what MDRS is for the uninitiated), and much more!  Check out more of James work at MarsVr.IO and MarsSociety.org Today’s host is Ron Sparkman, Founder of Stardom (FB, Twitter, & IG: @StardomSpace) and co-creator of I Love Mars (FB, Twitter, & IG: @ILoveMarsFans). The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

35mins

1 May 2018

Rank #8

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RPR 19 - Dava Newman, Former NASA Deputy Administrator

In today's episode we speak with Dr. Dava Newman. Dr. Newman is the previous NASA Deputy Administrator, a spacesuit innovator, and a professor at MIT. In this interview, we discuss her 20 years of work on getting humans to Mars, the development of the Journey To Mars program, major upcoming missions like the Mars 2020 Rover and InSight Lander, and some of the major challenges we currently face with surviving on the Red Planet.  Find out more about Dr. Dava Newman at Women.nasa.gov/dava-newman/ Today’s host is Ron Sparkman, Founder of Stardom (FB, Twitter, & IG: @StardomSpace) and co-creator of I Love Mars (FB, Twitter, & IG: @ILoveMarsFans). The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media. Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

35mins

29 Jan 2018

Rank #9

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RPR 05 - Chris Hoftun: Chairman Mars Institute Norway, and Program Manager Space Systems at Zaptec

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. 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

24mins

26 Sep 2016

Rank #10