Mars: Our Second Home & The Hunt For Life

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Mars: Our Second Home & The Hunt For Life

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EXPLORING THE LURE OF THE RED PLANET

Humans are explorers, and our insatiable determination to push further afield has lead to great advances in science and technology. Having spread to every corner of the planet, the time has come to spread out into the galaxy - almost.

In the first of a two-part Mars special, astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis and astronomer Greg Quicke meet the scientists on a mission to solve the many challenges of putting people on the red planet. From mitigating the effects of microgravity on the body and growing nutritious food in space, to autonomous robots working together to map and search for survivors, the barriers are many - but it’s a journey to eclipse all other journeys. Could Mars be our second home?

The second special tackles one of humanity’s biggest questions…is there life on Mars? As an ambitious new quest to find life on the red surface kicks off, Tamara and Greg set out on a Martian adventure like no other, exploring the clues around our blue planet that inspire the search for life on the red planet.

Part of the Catalyst series

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Catalyst
Australian Broadcasting Corporation