Extended Classic: StarTalk Live! Satisfying Our Curiosity about Mars (Part 1)

Backstage at the Bell House at StarTalk Live! From left: Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Dr. David Grinspoon. Photo Credit: Stacey Severn.

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Now featuring a new 11-minute segment from Dr. FunkySpoon and Chuck Nice about the human impact on Earth during the Anthropocene epoch, from climate change to plastiglomerates.

In honor of the 4th anniversary of Curiosity landing on Mars, we’re revisiting our StarTalk Live! show where we descended on The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on 9/14/12 to celebrate the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars and the exploration of our solar system. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Eugene Mirman were joined by David Grinspoon, a co-investigator on the Radiation Assessment Detector, one of the experiments on the Mars Science Laboratory, and comedians Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan (Mr. Universe). Part 1 of the show is focused on exploring the Red Planet. You’ll find out why Curiosity needed a nuclear power source… what an Alpha Proton X-Ray Spectrometer does… what Mars has in common with Earth… what stratigraphy is… what gives Eugene Mirman joy… how scientists fall in love… and the real origin of the giant face on Mars.

NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: Extended Classic: StarTalk Live! Satisfying Our Curiosity about Mars (Part 1).

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