Episode 548

Q&A 95: Is Techno-Optimism Blinding Us To The Challenges of Space Exploration? And More...

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August 15th, 2019

26 mins 9 secs

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In this week's questions show, I answer if techno optimism is blinding us to the challenges of spaceflight, why there aren't spacecraft at all the planets right now, could the Great Attractor be dark matter? And more...

Links to various raw images
Cassini - https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/raw-images/raw-image-viewer/?order=earth_date+desc&per_page=50&page=0
Curiosity - https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/#/?slide=2496
Dawn - https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/dawn/galleries/images/?page=0&per_page=25&order=created_at+desc&search=&tags=dawn&condition_1=1%3Ais_in_resource_list&category=51

00:33 Is techno-optimism blinding us to challenges of spaceflight
04:17 Why aren't there spacecraft at all the planets right now?
06:22 What if the Universe wraps?
08:39 Could the Great Attractor be dark matter?
10:21 What's the biggest telescope that could be built on the Moon?
11:50 Open your mind to crop circles
13:59 How do you steer a solar sail?
16:25 Twin planets in L3 Lagrange Points?
18:23 Shouldn't the frost line move outward?
19:59 Can a red giant support life?
22:07 What if astronauts get sick?
24:07 How does the radial velocity method detect multiple planets?

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