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“”Estimates are that Schiaparelli dropped from a height of between 2 and 4 kilometers, therefore impacting at a considerable speed, greater than 300 km/h [186 mph]. The relatively large size of the feature would then arise from disturbed surface material. It is also possible that the lander exploded on impact, as its thruster propellant tanks were likely still full.””
I don’t often have the time to read a book in one sitting, but being home with a cold yesterday I managed to read The Martian by Andy Weir. I was hooked after the first few pages in the morning and finished the book on the same day in the evening.
YouTube: Adam Savage Interviews ‘The Martian’ Author Andy Weir – The Talking Room (55 minutes).
The New York Times: ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir.
“‘‘The Martian’’ is the most prescient science fiction movie I have seen in some years. I don’t say this lightly. And as is the case with many in my field, my own awakening to the very existence of science was spurred by science fiction — a 1953 film called ‘‘Spaceways,” which I saw at a very young age, living on a U.S. military base near St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada.”
Sylvester “Jim” Gates is a physics and mathematics professor and director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland. He serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
NPR All Things Considered: Sandstorms, Explosions, Potatoes, Oh My: ‘Martian’ Takes Its Science Seriously.
“The Martian is the brainchild of author Andy Weir, who wrote the blockbuster novel that inspired the film. As Weir tells it, he’d always longed for some science fiction with greater emphasis on the science.”
“Would you take a trip to Mars knowing the risks? What if it were a one way trip? Should we colonize Mars? I took a trip over to the Planetary Society to meet with CEO and Science Guy, Bill Nye to discuss the potential for future human travel and exploration to Mars.”
Victoria University of Wellington: Alexander Gerst – Why We Fly To Space. (YouTube, 1:18:15)
“Victoria University of Wellington alum, geophysicist, and astronaut Dr Alexander Gerst speaks about his six-month mission as part of the International Space Station crew from May to November 2014, and why we go to space.”
The movie Zero Gravity – Mission in Space (YouTube channel with trailers in English and German, behind-the-scenes) about “[t]he space adventure of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman” was released on March 3.
Bonus-Link: Alexander Gerst lässt Papierflieger und Propeller in der ISS fliegen.