Breaking In My New “Knowledge Junkie” Blog Category: We’re Going To Mars!
Saturday January 22nd 2011, 1:02 am
Filed under: Knowledge Junkie, NYC

I was writing a long entry about how I used to want to be a scientist when I grew up, but I’m not feeling up to writing much more, so that entry will have to wait for another day. The methotrexate I took Wednesday night hit me hard last night and I’ve been feeling progressively worse ever since.

Due to feeling so lousy, I slept a lot and I watched a lot of TV today. My mom and I watched a recent episode of The Daily Show featuring frequent guest Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and the director of The Hayden Planetarium in New York City. The Hayden Planetarium is one of my all-time favorite things in NYC, and Neil deGrasse Tyson is my sole all-time favorite astrophysicist. He’s very enthusiastic about science and about explaining it in a very understandable way for laypeople like me. He’s a funny guy and one of my favorite recurring guests on The Daily Show. Also, I met him once because he lives right by Pace.

Anyhow, Tyson was promoting the new season of his show NOVA scienceNOW. This season is dedicated to “asking the big questions.” All the episodes sound very interesting (e.g. “Can We Live Forever?”), but the first episode of the season, “Can We Make It To Mars?,” really caught my attention. I’ve always been very interested in new discoveries in space, whether they’re about water on Jupiter’s moon Europa or about how the universe was formed. Anything about space, really. Since I was not going to get up from the couch anyway, I watched “Can We Make It To Mars?” on demand. It was awesome.

The episode is all about the amazing new things, from plasma engines to new formfitting space suits, that scientists and engineers are inventing for eventual manned expeditions to Mars. Experts are creating ways to deal with the dangers of such a long mission, such as new shielding to protect a space ship from tiny meteoroids that could rip through anything we’ve previously sent into space. Chemist chefs are working on creating the food explorers to Mars will eat, food that is as lightweight as possible but has to stay good for up to five years. There’s even artificial gravity that works just like in 2001: A Space Odyssey! The coolest thing is that all of this stuff is happening right now–these aren’t far off into the future ideas. It was really good and I highly recommend it to anyone who has any interest in the cosmos! Watch the entire episode online for free at PBS’s website.

–Reid.

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