An artist illustration of the InSight lander on Mars.
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An artist illustration of the InSight lander on Mars.

The search for life on Mars, by way of Redmond

What role did Puget Sound play in getting a robot to Mars? And what’s behind the actions – and coverage – of an American missionary killed in the Bay of Bengal? House prices in Seattle are falling fast, and Ralph Munro remembers when our view of marine mammals began to shift.

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From Redmond to Mars

Yesterday a rover touched down on the surface of our red neighbor planet. But its trip to Mars began in nearby Redmond. Aerojet Rocketdyne has helped build all seven of NASA’s Mars-bound vessels; Fred Wilson has been at the helm of business development for 30 years.

What a slain missionary has to do with Thanksgiving

Last week, a rogue American missionary named John Allen Chau defied both Indian law and missionary ethics. He tried to proselytize to a tribe that has strongly resisted contact with outsiders, and died in his efforts. The resulting media narrative, says Southern Methodist University history professor Kate Carte, shows more about Americans’ need to simplify and forget than it does about the facts of Chau’s actions.

Seattle housing prices falling fast

Seattle housing prices are just as subject to the law of gravity as anything else – they went up, and now they’re coming down. Faster than anywhere else in the nation. James Young, Director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington, has some ideas about why.

Ralph Munro

Recent sea lion slayings have caused consternation and are now illegal, but it wasn’t always that way. Former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro remembers when there was a price on the snout of each sea lion you could prove you’d killed. He spoke to Bill Radke about when our perspectives on the pinnipeds and cetaceans with whom we share our home began to shift.

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