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60 – Why Go To Mars? (feat. Michael Robinson)

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It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11, and while there’s still a lot to celebrate about the whole Apollo era, it also begs the question, “why haven’t we gone back?” Michael Robinson, historian and host of the podcast Time to Eat the Dogs joins Jake to dig in to what motivates people to go to deep space and Mars in an attempt to understand how to make it happen again.

We Talk Motivations for People to Explore Mars and Deep Space

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The WeMartians 2018 Mission Patch

This is the Season 3 (2018) commemorative WeMartians Mission Patch. We’ve partnered with space fan and talented graphic artist Beth Kerner to put together a custom, 4-inch, sew-on embroidered patch. It’s limited edition, with a print-run of just 100. And you can get one for yourself starting today! They’re just $17 USD, and shipping is free anywhere on Earth (Mars is extra, though). If you’re a Station-level or higher patron, your permanent store discount applies, too!

The patch captures the broad narratives of our third season of podcasts. It includes the Falcon Heavy inaugural flight, the InSight launch and landing, and the global dust stormthat ended the Opportunity mission.

Apollo 11 Celebration Discount Code!

Use the code APOLLO11 to get 11% off any order with two or more items! It wouldn’t be a 50th anniversary celebration without some sweet merch, including the patch above! Pick them up in our shop today until July 23rd.

WeMartians theme music is “RetroFuture” by Kevin MacLeod ( and arranged by Jake Robins with Public Domain NASA audio and WeMartians interview samples. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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