Broadcast 2667 Hotel Mars

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Lyle Whyte, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  ExoMars launch and mission to Mars.  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. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Lyle Whyte, astrobiologist from McGill University, to discuss the recently launched joint Russian and ESA ExoMars mission to Mars.  We discussed the instrument package including the Trace Gas Orbiter and the definitive search for and analysis of methane on Mars. Dr. Whyte described the ExoMars drill which can penetrate up to 2 meters in the Martian surface and they hope to find using this drill.  We talked about the Schiaparelli EDM lander, the choice of Oxia Planum for the 2018 ExoMars mission landing site, and the division of responsibility for the mission between the Russians and ESA.

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16 Mar 2016 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Lyle Whyte
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