Broadcast 1039 (Special Edition)

20 Oct 2008 Andrew Chaikin
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Guest: Andrew Chaikin was the guest for this Space Show program. We talked about his new book, "A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet," discussing inspiration, the pioneers that have explored Mars, and why exploration is so important for today and our future. We mentioned some of the fabulous pictures in the book including art from Carter Emmart and Chesley Bonestell and images from NASA which were sent to the White House to make the case to go to Mars decades ago. The subject of the youth came up and we referenced several studies suggesting that many of the Gen Yers are not interested in going to Mars or even leaving Earth. Andy told about one set of emails he received from an editor saying words to this effect and a Gen Y listener, Mel in Georgia, chatted in about being miffed that all of Gen Y was grouped together when there were many Gen Yers who absolutely wanted to go to Mars and do work, or want to work, in the space development community. Andy suggested we might have a better following with Gen Y and others if NASA was actually doing something of interest and this led to quite a discussion on the show. You can find out much more about Andy Chaikin's book and his work at his website, If you have comments or questions for Andy, please email him at Please reference The Space Show in the subject line of your email.



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