Welcome to the primary episode of The Dialog Weekly, a brand new podcast from The Dialog’s world community.
On this episode, we discover out why February 2021 is such an enormous month for Mars. Three completely different missions from three completely different nations – the United Arab Emirates, China and the U.S. – are as a consequence of arrive on the purple planet inside just a few weeks of one another.
We speak to Jim Bell, Professor within the Faculty of Earth and Area Exploration at Arizona State College, who’s main one of many digicam groups for NASA’s Perseverance Rover. He explains how these missions are searching for indicators of historic life – and the place the scientists will begin their search.
Steffi Paladini, Reader in Economics and International Safety at Birmingham Metropolis College, sheds mild on a few of the political motivations behind China’s formidable Mars mission, Tianwen-1, which incorporates an orbiter, lander and rover. You may learn extra concerning the Chinese language area race right here.
And Nidhal Guessoum, Professor of Astrophysics on the American College of Sharjah explains the symbolism of the UAE’s Hope mission and what it’s attempting to realize.
In our second story, we flip to Belarus, the place protests proceed greater than six months after a disputed election. Félix Krawatzek, Senior Researcher on the Centre for East European and Worldwide Research and Affiliate Member of Nuffield School, College of Oxford, talks by the preliminary findings from a latest public opinion survey in Belarus – and why he sees similarities between what occurred in Belarus and the protests at the moment rocking Russia following the detention of opposition chief Alexei Navalny. Learn extra concerning the survey information right here.
And we end with some studying suggestions from Ina Skosana, well being and medication editor in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Dialog Weekly is produced by Mend Mariwany and Gemma Ware, with sound design by Eloise Stevens and music by Neeta Sarl.
Information clips on this episode from BBC Information, CCTV, Nasa, Euronews, the Embassy of the UAE – Washington, ABC Information, AFP Information Company, Al Jazeera English, DW Information, France 24 and International Information.
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