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Chuck McMurray, Tuesday, 1-28-14 January 29, 2014

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Chuck McMurray, Tuesday, 1-28-14


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Guest:  Chuck McMurray.  Topics:  Youth Rover Challenge and other Mars Society educational and Mars simulation programs.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Chuck McMurray, the Mars Society Deputy Director of Education, to the program to discuss the new Youth Rover Challenge program plus other Mars Society projects and programs.  During our 1 hour six minute discussion, Chuck explained the Youth Rover Challenge (YRC) to us nothing that this is the inaugural year for the program.  Visit their website for more information, www.youthrover.com.  The YRC program uses Lego rover kits described on the website and is divided into two groups starting with the 5th grade through high school.  There is still time to enter as registration closes on Friday, Feb. 7.  For more information, use chuck@youthrover.com.  In addition to discussing the YRC, we talked about the very successful University Rover Challenge which we talk about on TSS each year.  We went over other Mars Society programs, the annual convention, and ideas for an online adult education Why Mars program.  Another program we featured was the Space Exploration Alliance Legislative Blitz which I recommend.  You can find out more about this on the Mars Society website or www.spaceexplorationalliance.org/blitz.  We spoke about other programs as well including the MDRS, F Mars, and submitting papers for the annual conference which will be held near NASA JSC this year: www.marssociety.org/a/marssociety.org/www/conventions/2014.  Chuck is also the host for the Mars Society Red Planet Radio which we talked about as well.  This is a quarterly podcast program featuring guests and topics particular to Mars.  Chuck fielded many email questions during the show, including asking about Inspiration Mars and Mars One.  Chuck had much to say about both project.

If you have comments/questions, please post them on TSS blog above.  You can email Chuck McMurray using the address listed above in this summary.