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Friday, September 26, 2014 Permalink

Science Friday: MAVEN To Mars, Internal Medicine, City Forests, Old Earth Water

NASA

Artist's drawing of the MAVEN, as it enters the orbit around Mars.

NASA

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At 10:24 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 21, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft began orbiting the Red Planet. After a 10-month trip, it has arrived just in time to catch a rare glimpse of a comet that will soon pass by Mars. “This is, at minimum, a once in a lifetime event but could be a once in a million year event,” says David Brain, a co-investigator on the MAVEN mission. He discusses how researchers are preparing for this comet close-up and what MAVEN might be able to uncover about the Martian atmosphere.
Produced by Becky Fogel, Production Assistant


‘Internal Medicine’ Gives a Resident’s Eye View of the Hospital

GUESTS

  • Terrence Holt 
    Author, “Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories” (Liveright, 2014)
    Assistant Professor of Social Medicine and Geriatric Medicine
    Director, Masters Curriculum in Literature, Medicine, and Culture
    University of North Carolina
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

GUESTS

  • Rich Hallett 
    Research Ecologist
    NYC Urban Field Station
    U.S. Forest Service
    New York, New York
  • Nancy Sonti 
    Ecologist
    NYC Urban Field Station
    U.S. Forest Service
    New York, New York

GUESTS

  • Todd Rosenstiel 
    Associate Professor, Biology
    Portland State University
    Portland, Oregon

GUESTS

  • Ted Bergin 
    Professor, Astronomy
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
 

GUESTS

  • Neal Stephenson 
    Science Fiction Author
    Contributor, “Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future” (William Morrow, 2014)
    Instigator, Project Hieroglyph
    Seattle, Washington
  • Keith Hjelmstad 
    Professor of Structural Engineering
    School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, Arizona
 
Science Friday Science Club: Observe Everything

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  • Ariel Zych 
    Education Manager
    Science Friday
    New York, New York
  • Charles Bergquist 
    Director and Contributing Producer
    Science Friday
    New York, New York