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Space Survival and Exploration

Andrew Marr discusses space travel with expert in space medicine Kevin Fong, astronomer royal Martin Rees, astrophysicist Carole Haswell and sci-fi writer Stephen Baxter.

On Start the Week, as the first Briton heads into space for two decades, Andrew Marr explores the future of space travel. Kevin Fong is an expert in space medicine and in this year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures looks at how to survive in outer space. The Astronomer Royal Martin Rees questions whether human space travel is worth the money or the risk, while the astrophysicist Carole Haswell searches distant galaxies for habitable exoplanets. Stephen Baxter is a writer of hard science fiction who, as a member of the British Interplanetary Society, investigates star ship design and extra-terrestrial liberty.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Kevin Fong

Kevin Fong is a medical doctor with a special interest in space medicine and extreme environments.

Kevin will be delivering the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: ‘How to Survive in Space’.  All three lectures will be broadcast on BBC Four, the first on Monday 28 December at 8.00pm.

Carole Haswell

Carole Haswell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Open University.

Transiting Exoplanets was published by Cambridge University Press.

Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter is a science fiction writer.

Ark was published by Gollancz.

Martin Rees

Martin Rees is the Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge.

Martin will be taking part in a public debate at the Science Museum on 15 January on ‘Human Spaceflight: is it worth the money and risk?’


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Kevin Fong
Interviewed Guest Carole Haswell
Interviewed Guest Stephen Baxter
Interviewed Guest Martin Rees
Producer Katy Hickman


  • Mon 21 Dec 2015 09:00
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