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Russian Internet investor Yuri Milner is funding a $100 million project to search for life beyond Earth. The project, Breakthrough Listen, is the biggest effort of its kind. The search for extraterrestrial life, often referred to as SETI, started in 1960 and has yet to find any evidence of alien life. Milner didn't say if he thought the scientists would actually find extraterrestrial life, but he did say that he hopes we are not alone.
Two recent crashes, including a fatal one involving a Virgin Galactic shuttle, raise new questions about the future of the commercial space industry. Twenty people who had purchased seats to fly to the edge of space on Virgin Galactic have reportedly asked for their money back. The second crash, with a company that carries cargo to space for NASA, happened late last month. We'll discuss the state of the $300 billion global space economy.
The Golden Gate Bridge switches this week from toll booths to electronic tolling. The pre-payment system is supposed to make commuting faster, but it also puts human toll booth operators out of a job. With robots playing increasingly key roles in manufacturing, surgery, and everyday operations, where does that leave the flesh-and blood worker? Are there downsides to the rise of robots? Or does this reliance on technology simply make humans more efficient, creating new job opportunities?
Following in the footsteps of its older siblings, Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Curiosity rover is scheduled to land on the red planet Sunday. Sporting six wheels and carrying ten science instruments, the one-ton rover will seek to answer the perennial question about Mars: whether Earth's neighbor is, or ever was, able to support life. We'll discuss what's at stake for Curiosity, the heart of NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission.
The majority of Americans find it "essential" for the U.S. to stay a world leader in human spaceflight, according to a recent national poll. Yet the last mission of the U.S. space shuttle program is scheduled to take off on Friday. How will the shuttering of this historic endeavor change our dreams for space exploration?
On Thursday, NASA will launch the LCROSS mission at Cape Canaveral in Florida, which will search for water ice on the moon. We'll talk to one of the scientists behind the mission, which is being managed by NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.
Forum discusses the current space shuttle mission and the future of manned space exploration.
Forum talks with astronomers about developments in space, including a newly discovered tenth planet, a stardust collection project, and the Mars rovers.
Forum discusses the recent space shuttle mission and the future of the shuttle program.
As we approach the 35th anniversary of the moon landing, Forum discusses the past, present and future of NASA and space exploration.