Broadcast 2628 Hotel Mars

20 Jan 2016 John Batchelor, Dr. Jens Biele, Dr. David Livingston
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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Jens Biele, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Rosetta Mission & Philae Lander update.  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 (  For those of you listening to archives on & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating.  This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Pleasenote 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. Jens Biele to the show to discuss updates regarding the Rosetta Mission and the Philae Lander.  First, regarding Philae, it appears to be dead but mission control is still keeping channels open & hoping for some sort of communication from it though as it moves further from the sun, communications are unlikely.  Dr. Biele was also asked about exciting discoveries regarding Rosetta. One that stood out was learning that water on Comet 67P was not like water on Earth or elsewhere.  Listen for details, at least to the extent the problem is understood today.  He also said there were exceptional night images of the comet that had not yet been made public because of the challenges involved in explaining what is seen in the images.  Can't wait to see them when they are made public!  During our short Hotel Mars segment, our guest of honor mentioned organic molecules on 67P & he discussed amino acids wondering where they might have come from.

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Hotel Mars

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