Brian Enke

As a Senior Space Research Analyst at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, Brian Enke researches Mars and asteroid science, artificial intelligence and robotics algorithms, and remote sensing technologies. Prior to 2001, he worked for 17 years as a senior integrator and complex-system problem solver at Bell Labs. Brian currently assists or advises several space advocacy groups including 4Frontiers, the MarsDrive Consortium, the National Space Society, and the Mars Society. In his part-time writing career, he has written and published /Shadows of Medusa/, a full-length mystery/science fiction novel about Mars exploration ( His long-awaited sequel is currently in-progress. Brian also led the development of a series of Mars settlement short stories for the young-adult market featuring several distinguished science fiction authors ( He writes on-line articles analyzing the space industry for The Examiner (, and he delights in assisting other aspiring authors further their writing careers.

Broadcast 1613 (Special Edition)

Guests; Dr. John Jurist, Brian Enke, Dr. Vadim Rygalov. Topics: This is a webinar discussion concerning the comprehensive human factors requirements for a manned deep space or Mars mission. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming.

Broadcast 1397

Guest: Brian Enke. Topics: Mars, space policy, self publishing, life sciences, science fiction, asteroids. Brian Enke returned to the show to discuss Mars and space science/policy related issues, plus his science fiction writing and work in the self publishing field in this two hour program in two segments. In our first segment, I asked him when he thought humans would set foot on Mars. Brian's response was certainly measured and concerned.

Broadcast 355 (Special Edition)

Brian Enke joined The Space Show as the guest for this special program. Mr. Enke discussed his new science fiction mystry book, "Shadows of Medusa." In discussing this book and its plot, issues relating to sending humans to Mars came up as the book is about three people going to Mars, but with substantial intrigue and secret agendas. In terms of talking about Mars, we discussed water, methane, and the possibility of life on Mars, the culture of risk aversion in our society, engineering, humans versus robots and lots more.


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