Jake takes a look at Mars launch windows, why they are so infrequent, and then explores two launches that were targeted for this year - one that will happen (ExoMars) and one that won't (InSight).
ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter with Schiaparelli Lander en route to Mars. Image Credit: ESA
In the second episode of the WeMartians Podcast, we explore the topic of Launch Windows, answering questions like "why do they happen?", "when do they happen?", and "are any windows more important than others?" From there, we'll talk about Mars' windows specifically.
Then follow along as we explore the two mission profiles in the upcoming launch windows in March - the delayed InSight mission from NASA and the European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 mission, including the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli Entry and Landing Demonstrator.
Audio links from the show
WeMartians Theme Song is "RetroFuture" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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