Mars Update


James Bell
* Senior Research Associate
* Center for Radiophysics and Space
* Astronomy Department
* Cornell University
* Ithaca, New York

Philip Christensen
* Principal Investigator, Thermal Emission Spectrometer (THEMIS)
* Mars Odyssey
* Professor, Geology
* Arizona State University
* Tempe, Arizona

Nick Hoffman
* Senior Researcher, Earth Science
* University of Melbourne
* Melbourne, Australia

As the Odyssey spacecraft orbits Mars, new data from the craft show vast reserves of ice beneath the surface of the red planet. Did that water shape Mars's surface? And does it mean Mars could have supported life? In this hour, we'll talk about the latest news on Mars. Will NASA be sending humans to the red planet anytime soon? Plus, the Mars Student Imaging Project, an outreach program where classes can go to Arizona and help analyze photo data from one of the Mars orbiters.

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