If humans want to really have a go at leaving Earth and living in space or on other planets, we’re going to have to figure out a lot of things: spaceships, food supplies, fuel, how to keep everybody from killing one another. But one thing seems to be frequently left out of the picture, when it comes to distant space travel research: reproduction. It turns out we know very, very little about what pregnancy in space might look like, or whether it’s even possible at all.
Maggie Koerth-Baker: senior science writer at FiveThirtyEight
Kim Stanley Robinson: science fiction author of the Mars trilogy, The Years of Rice and Salt, 2312, Aurora and others, including a new book Red Moon.
Anicca Harriot: PhD student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, advocate for STEM outreach
→ → → Further reading and sources available at flashforwardpod.com ←←←
Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth.
Intro music by Asura
Outtro music by Hussalonia.
Episode art by Matt Lubchansky. Connect with us on: Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram
More about how to support the show HERE.
Go to iTunes and leave us a nice review!
If you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices