Episode #534

News Items

  • Looking for Life on Mars
  • Brain Connections
  • Skeptic vs Denier
      • Interview with Andy Weir

          • Author of The Martian http://andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-hc

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              There have been 40 missions to Mars (not including fly-bys), but less than half, 18, were successful. http://space-facts.com/mars/

            • Item #2 Science

              The length of a day on Mars is almost the same as Earth, at 24 hours and 37 minutes. http://mars.nasa.gov/allaboutmars/facts/

            • Item #3 Fiction

              Mars has two small moons, Phobos and Deimos, which are likely captured asteroids. http://www.space.com/20346-phobos-moon.html

            • Item #4 Science

              Mars essentially is made of two parts, the southern highlands and the northern lowlands, the latter forming 42% of the surface and likely resulting from a massive impact that tore off half the planet. http://planetary.lab.asu.edu/Mars_Dichotomy_files/Marinova.dichotomy08.pdf

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            ‘I’d rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.’ - Richard Feynman