Episode #534

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Star Trek phase on stun

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