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  • Summer 2020, NASA’s Perseverance rover launched on its seven month journey from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Jezero Crater, Mars. To accompany Percy on its seven-month journey, we’re compiling a literary mixtape of Martian-themed sci-fi set to music by DJ Kid Koala. New episodes are released every month.

    Voyages to Mars is made possible by the support of the Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian Orlando Regional Council. 

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    Story AirSpace Presents Voyages to Mars: Landing Posted on Feb 16, 2021

    In 1897 author H.G. Wells imagined a different way to see Mars in his short shorty, “The Crystal Egg." Writing around the same time as his famous novel, “War of the Worlds,” he introduces us to two humans who discover a mysterious egg-shaped crystal that allows them to view the surface of Mars – and the strange creatures that inhabit it.

    Topics: Space Spacecraft Astronomy Society and Culture Solar System
    Story Voyages to Mars: Searching Posted on Jan 19, 2021

    The search for life is a pillar of Mars exploration. But our search isn’t only confined to the planets of our solar system. Radio telescopes search for signals of intelligent life from far away planets, orbiting other stars. In his story, “The Great Silence,” science fiction author Ted Chiang features the Arecibo telescope as he considers the significance of the animal life that surrounds it.

    Topics: Space Spacecraft Astronomy Society and Culture Solar System
    Story AirSpace Presents
    Voyages to Mars: Dreaming
    Posted on Dec 15, 2020

    Interplanetary road trips take a WHILE. So for this episode of Voyages to Mars, while we cruise onward towards the Red Planet, we’re listening to some poetry that pays tribute to long duration space travel.

    Topics: Space Spacecraft Society and Culture Solar System
    Story AirSpace Presents
    Voyages to Mars: Sending Humans
    Posted on Nov 17, 2020

    Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, published a few years before the world’s first satellite was even launched (!), remains one of the most influential stories of human settlement on Mars ever published.

    Topics: Space Spacecraft Society and Culture Solar System
    Story AirSpace Presents
    Voyages to Mars: Robots
    Posted on Oct 20, 2020

    Humans aren't yet able to go to Mars ourselves, so we’re reliant on the help of rovers and landers to be our eyes and ears on the surface - our mechanical “boots on the ground.” This episode is our ode to ROBOTS!

    Topics: Space Spacecraft Society and Culture Solar System
    Story AirSpace Presents
    Voyages to Mars: Crossing Lunar Orbit
    Posted on Sep 15, 2020

    Leaving Earth on your way to Mars, the first pit stop you might make is the Moon’s orbit. In this episode, we follow three Mars-bound space travelers from Mark Wicks’ novel, To Mars via the Moon.

    Topics: Space Spacecraft Society and Culture Solar System
    Story AirSpace Presents
    Voyages to Mars: Launch
    Posted on Aug 18, 2020

    To accompany NASA's Perseverance rover on its seven-month journey, we’re compiling a literary mixtape of Martian-themed sci-fi set to music by DJ Kid Koala.

    Topics: Space Spacecraft Society and Culture Solar System