Last week, I did a brief interview on KPCC radio about the landing of Curiosity on Mars, I’ve been remiss in linking to it, so here you go. Click the "Listen Now" button on the left, or you can download the MP3 and listen to it on your digital playing device thingy.
Greg Villar, systems engineer for Curiosity, was in the interview as well, and we talked Curiosity, as well as NASA, budget cuts, and what the rover will be doing on Mars. Give it a listen!
We talked about the event itself, how it was not nearly as strong as it was thought it would be (though still producing some aurorae and a bit of ground current in Sweden), what impacts it might have had, and what we can learn from things like this to protect ourselves in the future.
I really enjoyed this interview; Patt is knowledgeable and easy to talk to, and I hope I can be on the show in the future to talk about more astronomical events!