Rod Pyle joins Leo to talk about the latest Space news. Rod has joined the TWiT family as our official space correspondent. Rod got hooked on space during the Gemini program. Leo says it was hard not to, growing up with the Apollo program. But after, it seemed that NASA practically "went out of business." But we're now in a new space age thanks to SpaceX and getting a new launch just about every week. Rod also says that the new approach that includes reusing launch boosters, makes it cost as much as half or even a tenth of what it used to cost to launch a payload. So it's a bargain for the taxpayers.
What's ahead? Can Mars actually happen in our lifetime? Rod thinks so. SpaceX wants to get there by 2032. The biggest challenge isn't knowledge or even technology, it's the long term effect of space travel and radiation on the human body. Space can kill you. So we have to figure all that out before we make a long term attempt at going to Mars.
Check out Rod's Book Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age and his website PyleBooks.com.