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Ancient Culture and Space Exploration Collide in “Mayan Mars”


Aired 4/19/09

Tom Fudge: The year 2012 is the end of the Mayan calendar. Some believe that’s the year when the world will end. And the apocalypse is the theme of a new movie by Mel Gibson called Apocolypto , whose setting is the height of the Mayan empire.

Mayan culture, the end of the world, and travel to Mars all play a role in a novel written by San Diegan Marc Andre Meyers. Marc is a materials science professor at UCSD. He’s also the author of a science fiction novel called Mayan Mars . It tells the story of a space mission to Mars that threatens to wipe out the earth’s population by transporting deadly bacteria found on the red planet.


Marc Andre Meyers, author of Mayan Mars and professor of materials science in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCSD.

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