Big Picture Science: Space Archaeology

ENCORE   Indiana Jones meets Star Trek in the field of space archaeology. Satellites scan ancient ruins so that scientists can map them without disturbing one grain of sand. Discover how some archaeologists forsake their spades and brushes in favor of examining historic sites from hundreds of miles high.

Also, if you were to hunt for alien artifacts – what would you look for? Why ET might choose to send snail mail rather than a radio signal.

Plus, the culture of the hardware we send into space, and roaming the Earth, the moon, and Mars the Google way.

Guests:

  

Alice Gorman – Archaeologist at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

  

Christopher Rose – Professor of Computer and Intellectual Engineering, Rutgers University, New Jersey

  

Robin Hanson – Economist at George Mason University, Virginia

  

Tiffany Montague – Engineer, and Intergalactic Federation King Almighty, Commander of the Universe, at Google, Inc.

  

Compton Tucker – Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center