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06.03.05

Audio files with interviews about the Mars Drill field test project

Links to broadcast quality audio files and transcripts, May 11, 2005 interview with Carol Stoker, research scientist, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, principal investigator for the Mars Drill field test project.


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1. Q: The Mars Drill supports what project? (23 SECONDS)

2. Q: Please describe the test you will conduct on the Mars drill? (24 SECONDS)

3. Q: What does this drill rig look like? (3:03 MINUTES)

4. Q: Does a scientist have to give the Mars drill specific instructions for each thing it does?
(1:55 MINUTES)

5. Q: Why drill on Mars? (2:26 MINUTES)

6. Q: How can you tell if a core sample provides evidence of life? (2:58 MINUTES)

7. Q: How can you be sure you have discovered a life form or not? Is there some kind of threshold that you can use to help you decide if your data indicates life or not? (2:07 MINUTES)

8. Q: When you do your field test, will be looking for signs of life, or will you just be testing the drill and other mechanisms? (29- SECONDS)

9. Q: How does the Mars Drill compare to other drills on Earth that we use for other things?
(2:00 MINUTES)

10. Q: If you used a drilling rig similar to the one you are developing to drill for life on Mars, would you use a drilling fluid? (1:20 MINUTES)

11. Q: Could you describe auguring? (29 SECONDS)

12. Q: How would people on Earth control the Mars drill? What would they be doing? (1:35 MINUTES)

13. Q: How much more testing will be required on the Mars Drill before a drill could be sent to Mars?
(1:30 MINUTES)

14. Q: If the drill were landed on Mars' polar ice, would that polar ice be of any kind of assistance?
(45 SECONDS)

15. Q: When might a Mars drilling mission go to the red planet? (1:46 MINUTES)