Travel to and from Mars has long been a staple of science fiction. And yet the hurdles--both technological and financial--have kept human exploration of the red planet from becoming a reality. Trailblazing Mars: NASA’s Next Giant Leap offers an inside look at the current efforts to fulfill this dream.
Award-winning journalist Pat Duggins examines the extreme new challenges that will be faced by astronauts on the journey there and back. They’ll have to grow their own food, find their own water, and solve their own problems and emergencies without hope of rescue or re-supply. Can the technological hurdles be cleared? Will the public accept the very real possibility of astronaut death? Should a mission be publicly or privately funded? Is the science worth the cost?
Pat Duggins is known nationally as the “voice” of NASA coverage on National Public Radio. Pat has spent over twenty years broadcasting news on the space program, including the development of NASA’s next generation spacecraft at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He has covered over one hundred space shuttle missions for National Public Radio, starting with the 1986 Challenger accident, and has earned a national Sigma Delta Chi Award and a National Headliner Award for NASA coverage.
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