In the recent past, the idea of traveling to Mars was science fiction (and often bad science fiction). With the advances in technology and the onslaught of private companies entering the space race – not to mention the seemingly strong possibility of water flowing below the surface – the road to Mars is simply not so insane. Would-be astronauts might want to start preparing for the journey, so we've put together a playlist of helpful (and mesmerizing) podcasts that contain enough ideas and trivia to win even the most zealous Stargazer for the 300-day Red Planet journey
This podcast plays almost exclusively in the Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), which was built by NASA and the University of Hawai'i to be long-term simulate mission to Mars could be like. A bold group of researchers was ready to immerse themselves in an igloo-like structure for a year-long exploration of Martian life, and based on their recordings, you'll definitely want to investigate your fellow travelers.
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Every week or so Inverse editor Rae Paoletta and comedian Steve Ward sit with some of the brightest heads in the solar system. The show features a veritable parade of astrophysicists, space suit designers, astronauts, astrobiologists and other people who are probably smarter than you to talk about space exploration, Jupiter's new moons, life in space and much more]
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If you are interested in the realities of space travel, it is best to go directly to NASA Source. NASA's Johnson Space Center's official podcast hosting the mission of the ISS is the dreamscape of a space nerd. Episodes have been playing audio inside the Orion capsule, interviewing engineers and Mission Control flight directors, detailing what's needed to get to Mars, and teaching the listeners the right stuff by tracking Scott Tingle's way from test pilot to astronaut. Because NASA is, there's an unfair advantage over other space podcasts here. Can all other astronauts radiate directly from the ISS?
(Bonus: NASA Kennedy Space Center has just launched its own podcast, and the first episode is all about the road to Mars.)
This podcast explores almost impossible ideas and talk to the people who try to make it a reality. The result is fascinating conversations with robot ethicists, hackers of the human body, hackers of the human brain, people constructing driverless cities, nano-satellite enthusiasts, spaceship energy technicians, and other people you do not hear often about.
The As we come now author Steven Johnson deals with the scientific innovations that have contributed to the Idea of travel to Mars from science fiction to reality, things like DNA science, artificial intelligence, even smartphones. The show discusses how science and technology has changed the world we live in, telling the stories of scientists, engineers and ordinary people behind these incredible discoveries.
Star Talk Radio
Despite some serious competition, Neil deGrasse Tyson is definitely the star of space (at least on this planet). Between his work as an astrophysicist, author, director of the Hayden Planetarium, Twitter Maven and presenter of Cosmos he also manages to release an ever-interesting podcast. He shares his insights into life on Mars, the planetary defense and the search for black holes, and interviews everyone from Bill Nye, the science guy, to Anthony Bourdain to Kelly Clarkson. If for some reason you only hear a space podcast, this is the first one.
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The Founders Fund has put together a fascinating series of technology and human potential. In each episode a group of experts – professors, engineers, other bright minds – will discuss the difficult questions about life on Mars. How would you build an atmosphere on Mars? Can you farm on the red planet? They even take up the many ways to kick the bucket in weightlessness. Listen to
If you plan to spend your life on Mars, this podcast is compulsory. It covers all aspects of Red Planet exploration, including how to get there, what technology is needed to make the journey, and how to survive and stay healthy after landing. Host and space fan Jake Robins talks to everyone who even has a tangential relationship with Mars. There are researchers behind Mars analogues here on Earth, including engineers behind Lockheed Martin's Mars Base Camp project, chatting about the importance of manganese, the rise of electric vehicles in space, and talking to people about space travel as space travel becomes more prevalent privatized