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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-11-13 December 12, 2013

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-11-13


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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. William (Bill) Farrand, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Chinese Chang’e 3 launch to the Moon, their lunar program.  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, Dr. Farrand & I discussed the upcoming tenth anniversary for the Mars rover Opportunity.  We talked about what Opportunity was currently doing on Mars, its climb up Solander Point, roving on Endeavour Crater, and more. We talked about wintering over to keep warm.  We also talked about Spirit and what happened to it, plus lessons learned from the Spirit sand trap.  We talked about Opportunity as compared to Curiosity, then I asked if the geology on Mars was the same as Earth. For example, was igneous rock on Mars the same as igneous rock on Earth?  As you will hear, for the most part they are the same but there are differences and different formations with different characteristics.  Also discussed were water flows and a study of the Martian atmosphere and water flows by the en route Maven mission.

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1. rocketscirick - December 14, 2013

Heh.. I’m sure Dr. Ferrand said “aqueous” and not “igneous”. Batchelor just heard him wrong. 🙂

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[…] Dr. William Farrand of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado talked with David Livingston and John Batchelor on this week’s Hotel Mars segment about the history of the Mars rover Opportunity and what it has been doing lately:  John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-11-13 –  Thespaceshow’s Blog […]

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