Sunday, June 28, 2009

Are We Alone for 06/29/09 - Humans in Space... ace... ace

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Are We Alone - Humans in Space... ace... ace
ENCORE When the economy’s down, will humans still be going up – into space, that is? We investigate the future of human spaceflight at the International Astronautical Congress in Glasgow, Scotland and find out whether sending Homo sapiens to the Moon and Mars is still a good idea. Also, the chief of Virgin Galactic is happy to send you into space on a private flight – but it may max out your credit card.

Plus, an Apollo astronaut’s view from orbit… dining with South Korea’s first astronaut… and one of Britain’s great science fiction authors on how space science fuels the imagination.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Video: NASA | HD LRO and LCROSS Atlas 5 Launch

Here's a great vide of the LRO and LCROSS Atlas 5 Launch courtesy of NASAexplorer:

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Are We Alone for 06/22/09 - What Makes Us Human Part II: Adaptability

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Are We Alone - What Makes Us Human Part II: Adaptability
Are humans unique or do we just do some things a little better than other species? In the second of our two-part series – how our ability to adapt has shaped our evolution.
Find out how throwing a burger on the grill has transformed our species… the 1% genetic difference that separate us from chimps… why we’re poorly adapted and stressed out … and why human evolution is not only on the move, but picking up the pace.
Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Are We Alone for 06/15/09 - What Makes Us Human Part I: Others

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Are We Alone - What Makes Us Human Part I: Others
Are humans unique or do we just do some things a little better than other species? In the first of our two-part series on the nature of humanity: how the influence of others has shaped our evolution.

Find out how baby talk gave root to human language and why social isolation can make us sick. Plus, the joke’s on us – new research says we’re not the only laughing species: meet your giggling gorilla cousins.

And, what a writer’s visit to a chimp retirement center revealed about human discomfort with our animal ancestry.
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Are We Alone for 06/08/09 - Bodies in Motion

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Are We Alone - Bodies in Motion
Feel the need for speed? Well, you’ll need an extra helping of speed if you plan to leave the Earth and explore other parts of the solar system. On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, and as part of our series for the International Year of Astronomy: what it’s like to travel in a rocket (why you won’t feel any motion), and NASA’s plans for returning to the moon.

Also, life in an accelerating universe and why a spacecraft’s quirky trajectory may mean that the laws of motion need tweaking. And we revisit Stanley Kubrick’s epic film
2001: A Space Odyssey

Plus, Seth gets around … and around … when he takes a spin in a gravitational centrifuge.


Guests:
  • John Keller – Deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • Robert Kirschner – Astronomer at Harvard University
  • Jaime Mateus – Graduate student at M.I.T.’s Manned Vehicle Laboratory
  • Mark Frank – Astrodynamicist in California
  • Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood – Stars of the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.