October 24, 2001

Sputnik was launched on October 4, 1957. The impact on the world was tremendous, as investigative journalist Paul Dickson explains. Dickson talks with Todd about the race for space, America's reaction to the Soviets getting there first, and who was credited with advances in space research. His book is "Sputnik: The Shock of the Century".

Current research projects at NASA include the Mars Odyssey, a robotic spacecraft that is orbiting Mars. Todd talks with Mars program scientist James Garvin about the spacecraft, and what they hope to learn about the geological and perhaps biological history of Mars.

Futurist James Martin predicted the Internet, and he talks with Todd about what he believes we can expect now. He talks about how computers will evolve, and their impact on our lifestyle. He explains that he expects a partnership between humans and computers.