The last time anything was on the Moon it was the 1972. Part-Time Scientists (@ptscientists) have won the Google Lunar Prize in January this year to bring Audi Lunar Quattro, a rover, to the Moon. Their dream is only 384,400 km away, the distance from Earth to the Moon.
If you are a geek, this Dinglecast episode is for you: we talk with Robert Böhme and Kirsten Becker from Part-Time Scientists about science, jumping from space, the Moon, Mars, Elon Musk and SpaceX and finally, The Martian.
"Today commercialization is supposed to make everything that exists better. But that way, you don't make anything new. Life can't just be about optimising things for capitalism!"
[00:56] Intro to Part-Time Scientists
[01:45] How to participate to Google Lunar Prize
[05:20] Why have we not sent anything to the Moon in 40 years?
[08:30] Felix Baumgartner was a cool stunt but he did not push any boundaries
[12:38] Who cares about money. The real value is to inspire people.
[15:00] On meeting Bill Gates
[15:50] On Elon Musk and his SpaceX project to colonize Mars
[17:45] Karsten Becker discusses his TEDx talk and NASA
[21:00] What will happen on the Moon when the Audi Lunar Quattro rover arrives
[30:45] The development of "Asimov the rover” and how having less experience helped them thinking outside the box
[39:00] Discussing The Martian by Andy Weir, other sci-fi books and the Interstellar movie
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- Websiteof the project: Mission to the moon
- Part-Time Scientists on Twitter: @ptscientists
- Part-Time Scientists Facebook page "Hell yeah, it’s rocket science!" (follow them! ;)
Books we mention:
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy