Mars http://nhpr.org en An Astronomy Update From The Sky Guys http://nhpr.org/post/astronomy-update-sky-guys <p>Our sky guys join us with the latest news on space - starting with how the shutdown affected our monitoring programs. We also talk about the Orionid meteor showers, two missions to Mars, and a new iPhone app for checking the location of spy satellites.</p><p></p><p> <strong><u>GUEST:</u></strong></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 37009 at http://nhpr.org An Astronomy Update From The Sky Guys Five Reasons NOT to Take That Trip to Mars http://nhpr.org/post/five-reasons-not-take-trip-mars <p>From the imagination of Ray Bradbury to the front pages of our newspapers, the&nbsp;prospect of traversing vast reaches of space and seeing Mars firsthand has long inhabited and excited the idealistic&nbsp;public consciousness. However, <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/mars500-experiment-sleeping-space">our recent talk with psychiatrist Mathias Basner</a> revealed that the&nbsp;odyssey comes with a number of physiological costs. Here are some of the most prominent known bodily&nbsp;effects of long-term space travel:</p><p><strong>1. “Puffy Face Syndrome”</strong></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:28:09 +0000 Bill Barry 20179 at http://nhpr.org Five Reasons NOT to Take That Trip to Mars The Mars500 Experiment: Sleeping in Space http://nhpr.org/post/mars500-experiment-sleeping-space <p>If you think it’s difficult to get enough sleep in an age of 24 hours news cycles and the allure of Facebook surfing, consider how hard it must be without the sun…or <em>gravity</em>. <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/01/sleep-problems-mars-500/" target="_blank">The first of many studies on the Mars500 Project</a> have been released, and it documented the sleeping habits of five men isolated on earth for 520 days.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:48:30 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20173 at http://nhpr.org Five Cinematic Reasons Not to Go Mars http://nhpr.org/post/five-cinematic-reasons-not-go-mars <P>Our conversation today about our genetic wanderlust got us thinking about the interstellar urge to roam. Luckily, the Dutch-based Mars One&nbsp;is planning&nbsp;the <A href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/03/mars-one-manned-mission-sponsors_n_1850244.html">first human&nbsp;trip to Mars in 2023</A>. If you have ten years to spare—and are&nbsp;resilient,&nbsp;adaptable,&nbsp;trusting, curious, creative, and resourceful—you <EM>may </EM>be the ideal candidate. Before you rush to <A href="http://mars-one.com/en/faq-en/21-faq-selection/251-do-i-qualify-to-apply">fill out your application</A>, consider these cinematic warnings about space travel. Because everything that can go wrong in outer space, will go wrong.&nbsp;Yeah, Murphy's Law is intergalactic. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:10:32 +0000 Alison Kuzmickas 19919 at http://nhpr.org Germs...IN SPACE! http://nhpr.org/post/germsin-space <p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 15895 at http://nhpr.org Germs...IN SPACE! NASA's Back in the Game http://nhpr.org/post/nasas-back-game <p>Thanks to the popularity of the Mars rover, Curiosity, NASA is back in the public eye for something other than budget cuts or program terminations.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:54:53 +0000 Virginia Prescott 11531 at http://nhpr.org NASA's Back in the Game