mars rover http://michiganradio.org en Let's take a roadtrip to Mars http://michiganradio.org/post/lets-take-roadtrip-mars <p></p><p>What would it take to get humans to Mars?</p><p>For the last seven months, NASA's rover 'Curiosity' has crawled all over the planet's dusty red Gale Crater.</p><p>As it explores, the rover has sent back all sorts of information to Earth for further investigation.</p><p>Most recently, a report of a rock sample collected by Curiosity shows that, yes, ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.</p><p>But let's go one step further. What would it take for human beings to get to Mars?</p><p>Ben Longmier is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and researches electric propulsion, spacecraft design and basic plasma physics.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Longmier about the challenges and possibilities of getting humans on Mars.</p><p><em>Click the link above to hear the full interview. </em> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:57:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 11744 at http://michiganradio.org Let's take a roadtrip to Mars Michigan helps NASA go to Mars: UM scientists and the "Curiosity" rover http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-helps-nasa-go-mars-um-scientists-and-curiosity-rover <p>The search for life on Mars takes a giant leap forward this weekend, and University of Michigan scientists are part of the mission.&nbsp;</p><p>By now you&rsquo;ve probably heard about the unmanned rover called &quot;Curiosity.&quot; Set to land on the red planet Sunday night, it&rsquo;s NASA&rsquo;s most ambitious robotic operation yet. A science lab on wheels, the rover will scour Mars for any sign the plant could support life.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 18:54:36 +0000 Kate Wells 8539 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan helps NASA go to Mars: UM scientists and the "Curiosity" rover