“Should I Stay or Should I Go…. to Mars?” Naked Scientist Podcast


Journey to MarsOn 27 October 2015 I participated on a panel for a “Naked Scientists” broadcast/ podcast on the topic of “Should I Stay or Should I Go… to Mars?“. My fellow panellists in this lively discussion included Dr Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College London), Dr Caroline Crawford (University of Cambridge), Ryan MacDonald (Mars One Candidate), and Richard Hollingham (Space Boffins).

From the Naked Scientists website for this particular programme: “The Naked Scientists have been on a trip to Mars but we forgot to ask one BIG question, should we even be going at all? We complete the series with a debate featuring a space politician, a geologist, an astronomer and a would-be Mars pioneer. Plus, in the news, will faecal transplants change your personality, and how sci-fi has been predicting technology for years.”

The transcript of the programme is also available.

This was the fourth in a series on the issue of Mars, with previous podcasts discussing:

“Could you be an astronaut” 5 October 2015
“Mars: Are we nearly there yet?” 12 October 2015
“Could we ever colonise Marks?” 19 October 2015

Image: NASA “Journey to Mars”

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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