Space on Five Live

The Simon Mayo programme on Radio Five Live just had a fairly long segment on space mainly because of the SETI signal, the return of Genesis (in less than four minutes time) and the discovery of some more extra-solar planets. You can listen to the programme on the BBC website until tomorrow afternoon. The panellists included Ian Morison (Sir Professor according to one of our local papers) from Jodrell, Professor Colin Pillinger (of Beagle II fame) and Professor Chris French (of The Sceptic Magazine). They had a discussion of life, the Universe and everything but mainly concentrating on the possibility of life elsewhere. Ian managed to correct one caller who thought that the nearest star was 65,000 light years away. However, Colin Pillinger claimed that the Sun was 15 light minutes away rather than eight - is that why Beagle II went missing? ;-)

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Wednesday 08th Sep 2004 (16:15 UTC) | Permalink
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