It's been an exciting month for Patrons of the show. We've only been live for about five weeks but there is already lots going on.
Thanks to all the Patrons who have pledged support already. We're 62% of the way to our first goal of $65/month in order to satisfy all the podcast's operating expenses. Click the link to the right if you'd like to join the growing number of Martians who help support the exploration of Mars.
Read more below for a summary of the Patreon highlights in February.
Patreon Commercial - Three volunteer Martians have had their voices heard on the show (literally) by participating in a short spot for Patreon that I use on the podcast. Thanks to Jorge, Paul and Anthony for lending their lungs to the cause!
1st Quarterly Chat - Lander- and Rover-level patrons joined me for the first ever quarterly chat hangout on Discord. We discussed past episodes and future content, as well as geeking out about a few topics like the Mars2020 rover. It was an awesome experience for me to get feedback from the listeners, but also really excited that they can set direction for the show.
Interview Contributions - Patron Jorge, a Rover-level Martian, had his questions read on the air in Episode 19 - Dome Sweet Dome. Jorge asked about the extensibility of the Mars Ice Home as well as the source of its building materials.
Bonus Content - Extended Interview - All Patrons were able to listen to the extended interview with Kelsey Lents and Jeffrey Montes from Episode 19 - Dome Sweet Dome. Jeffrey and Kelsey describe what it was like working with NASA and being a part of a greater space community.
Bonus Content - "Off the Cuff" - Pushing SLS - All Patrons also got a mini-episode where I share some thoughts on the news that NASA will explore putting a crew on to the first flight of the SLS rocket. This change would accelerate NASA's schedule and is a bit uncharacteristic. I tried to provide some context to what it all means.
It's not too late to get in on this action - head over to www.patreon.com/wemartians and see how you can not only help the show grow, but also become more involved with the exploration of Mars for as little as $1/month.