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The Mistakes of Our Past and the Discoveries That Will Impact Our Future

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The Mistakes of Our Past and the Discoveries That Will Impact Our Future

Episode 35
September, 2015
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What can we learn when we view history through the lens of failure? What does the search for exoplanets tell us about life on other planets and the likelihood of “another Earth?” Host Ed Leon travels across time and space with two renowned experts to learn about historic blunders in battle and the exploration of exoplanets.

First, see what the future of space travel holds as you join Dr. Joshua N. Winn to examine what the Kepler mission has shown us about exoplanets, extraterrestrial life, and the possibility of finding another earth. Then, travel back in time with Dr. Gregory S. Aldrete to understand what we can learn from some of the most profound military failures.


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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Dr. Joshua Winn as he takes you through the numerous twists and turns in the hunt for exoplanets—the false starts, the sudden breakthroughs, and the extraordinary discoveries that bring the unknown realms of the universe closer to home.
  • Dr. Gregory S. Aldrete as he examines the pivotal incidents of catastrophic failure in battle in order to see what we can learn from these mistakes and how we can avoid repeating them in the future.
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