May 4th: Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go

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Podcaster:  Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest :Carolyn Collins Petersen, Dr. Paul M. Sutter, Dr. Morgan Rehnberg

Title: Weekly Space Hangout – Carolyn Collins Petersen discusses “Space Exploration”

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Description: This week, we are excited to welcome Carolyn Collins Petersen to discussher newest book, Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future

This week’s stories:

    • A protocluster caught in the act
    • Should physics be beautiful?
    • Blue Origin tests the New Shepard
    • Bezos is spending a lot of money
    • A sibling survived a supernova explosion.

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: Dr. David Weintraub is the author of the new book, “Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go,” in which he provides a history of our fascination with the Red Planet, as well as describes the the various moral issues that surround our desire to go there. He is a Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University where he serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Director of Communication of Science & Technology Program, and Co-Director of Scientific Computing Program. In addition to his new book, Dr. Weintruab is the Co-series Editor, Springer, Springer Briefs in Astronomy and Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics, as well as the author of numerous other books, including “Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?,” “How Old is the Universe?,” and “Is Pluto a Planet?”

You can find out more about Dr. Weintraub on his webpage:

Dr. Paul Matt Sutter ( & @PaulMattSutter )
Dr. Morgan Rehnberg ( & @MorganRehnberg )

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