Interview with Mars rover specialist

#1

The Mars rover specialiist interview was terrific. She is a great speaker and her advice is very informative and thought provoking and her future outlook is very realistic. Thank you and your guest for this valuable interview.

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#2

Due to how my brain is wired, sometimes I notice small picky things. I was just a little bit disappointed that the guest repeated (near YouTube timestamp 23:00) the basic misconception that Earth-Mars travel time “takes 8 months each way”. In fact, the 8-9 month journey time frequently stated is simply the lowest-energy Hohmann trajectory. Add more energy, and the journey takes less time.

This is not the first time I have heard a representative of a “traditional” space organization say this, while “newspace” organizations seem to have very clearly mentioned travel times such as 3 months.

Because this is not the first time I have noticed this misconception being pushed by a “traditional” organization, I admit that one thought did cross my mind. I wonder if that represents some kind of subconscious insight into the root methods being considered/planned/discussed between the “traditional” verses the “new” organization.

[OK Freda… now switch back to positive, less-picky mode]

…Ahhh… that feels better.

All in all, a good TMRO episode. Thank you.

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#3

Since you mention them, the fast conjunction trajectories to Mars can be found at this thread:

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