Broadcast 2797 Hotel Mars

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Guests:  John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  EXOMARS Mission, Schiaparelli lander, Trace Gas Orbiter, Methane, Soyuz flight.  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 back Anatoly Zak of Russian Space Web to discuss the EXOMARS mission which reached Mars.  The Trace Gas Orbiter looking for methane and signs of life has entered Martian orbit and so far looks good.  Unfortunately, communication were lost with the Schiaparelli lander and at the time of this broadcast, it was not clear if the lander made it to the Martian surface.  Concern was that something happened to the lander in the final stages of the landing which probably caused the landing part of EXOMARS to fail.  We also discussed the return to flight of the Soyuz as a new crew for the ISS was successfully launched, is now in orbit and will dock at the ISS in two days.  We talked about the Soyuz cable problems and the latest ISS mission.

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EXOMARS mission, Soyuz return to flight

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19 Oct 2016 John Batchelor., Dr. David Livingston, Anatoly Zak
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