In this episode of This Week in Space, take a look at NASA’s plans to bring humans to the Red Planet from the Apollo era to the present day, and SpaceX’s parallel initiatives with the mega-rocket Starship.
Which program will be the first to reach Mars, SpaceX or NASA? Elon Musk has big goals of reaching Mars in this decade with SpaceX’s Starship rockets, while NASA has a 2040 timeline for landing astronauts on Mars.
Also, a comet the size of Rhode Island is headed our way, a cry for help to ET…and a meteor shower is happening.
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Rod Pyle is an author, journalist, television producer, and editor-in-chief of Ad Astra magazine. He has written 18 books on space history, exploration and development, including Space 2.0, NASA-style innovation, interplanetary robots, Blueprint for a Battlestar, Amazing stories from the space age, first on the moonY destiny mars
In a previous life, Rod produced numerous documentaries and short films for The History Channel, Discovery Communications, and Disney. He also worked on visual effects at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Battlestar Galactica reboot, as well as several sci-fi television pilots. His most recent television credit was with the NatGeo documentary on Tom Wolfe’s iconic book. The right thing.
Responsible for Space.com’s editorial vision, Tariq Malik has been Space.com’s Editor-in-Chief since 2019 and has covered space news and science for 18 years. He joined the Space.com team in 2001, first as an intern and soon after as a full-time spaceflight reporter covering human spaceflight, exploration, astronomy and the night sky. He became managing editor of Space.com in 2009. As an on-air talent, he has featured space stories on CNN, Fox News, NPR and others.
Tariq is an Eagle Scout (yes, he got the Space Exploration merit badge), a Space Camp veteran (4 times as a kid, once as an adult), and has taken the ultimate “vomit kite” ride while reporting on the zero gravity. fires Before joining Space.com, he was a reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering the city and education. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.