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John Batchelor Hotel Mars with Dr. David Brain, Wednesday, 11-20-13 November 21, 2013

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars with Dr.  David Brain, Wednesday, 11-20-13


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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Brain, Dr. David Livingston:  Chinese lunar launch, the Chang’e 3 mission.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

During our 11 minute plus discussion, John, David Brain, and I talked about the Maven mission from its recent launch to its orbital insertion at Mars in approximately ten months.  We talked about its trajectory course to Mars, its mission to answer questions about what happened to the water on Mars and in the Martian atmosphere, to find out if the water went up to space or down inside the planet or to the polar ice caps.  Dr. Brain was asked about the instrument package and sensors to better understand how Maven accomplishes its mission.  Another topic was the ten year mission for Maven as a relay communication satellite for rover data back to Earth but only a one year mission for the atmospheric studies.  We learned that if the scientists think it is warranted after the year is up, they can apply to extend the science mission.  We talked about the Indian Mars mission also on the way to Mars and arriving a few days past Maven’s arrival. 

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