This Week In Space podcast: Episode 8 — Humans to Mars, part 2

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On this episode of This Week in Space, look at NASA’s plans to land humans on the Red Planet from the Apollo era through today, and SpaceX’s parallel initiatives with the Starship mega-rocket.

Which program will be the first to reach Mars, SpaceX or NASA? Elon Musk has lofty goals of reaching Mars in this decade with SpaceX’s Starship rockets, while NASA has a 2040 timeline to get astronauts to Mars

Also, a comet the size of Rhode Island heading our way, a cry for help to ET.. and a meteor shower is happening.

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Host of This Week In Space on TWiT

Host of This Week In Space on TWiT

Rod Pyle

Space author and historian

Rod Pyle is an author, journalist, television producer and Editor-in-Chief of Ad Astra magazine. He has written 18 books on space history, exploration, and development, including Space 2.0, Innovation the NASA Way, Interplanetary Robots, Blueprint for a Battlestar, Amazing Stories of the Space Age, First On the Moon, and Destination Mars

In a previous life, Rod produced numerous documentaries and short films for The History Channel, Discovery Communications, and Disney. He also worked in visual effects on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Battlestar Galactica reboot, as well as various sci-fi TV pilots. His most recent TV credit was with the NatGeo documentary on Tom Wolfe’s iconic book The Right Stuff.

This Week In Space co-host

This Week In Space co-host

Tariq Malik Editor-in-Chief

Responsible for’s editorial vision, Tariq Malik has been the Editor-in-Chief of since 2019 and has covered space news and science for 18 years. He joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and soon after as a full-time spaceflight reporter covering human spaceflight, exploration, astronomy and the night sky. He became’s managing editor in 2009. As on-air talent has presented space stories on CNN, Fox News, NPR and others.

Tariq is an Eagle Scout (yes, he earned the Space Exploration merit badge), a Space Camp veteran (4 times as a kid, once as an adult), and has taken the ultimate “vomit comet” ride while reporting on zero-gravity fires. Before joining, he served as a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering city and education beats. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.


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