Science of Sci-Fi: Navigating on Mars - Learning from Ancient Mariners
Imagine you are an astronaut stuck on Mars. You have no maps, no compass, no GPS, and no internet to google directions. Your only chance of survival is to drive across the planet to be rescued. Would you survive? In Andy Weir’s book, The Martian, Astronaut Mark Watney does just this using a form of celestial navigation adapted to the red planet. Does the science behind his navigation technique hold up? Could real NASA astronauts actually survive using these methods if they were in a similarly dire situation? In this talk we will discuss navigating in space and on other planets, and what astronauts could learn from ancient navigational techniques.
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Fiske Planetarium and Science Center
2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, CO 80309