Space journalist Rod Pyle: “It’s really important to keep people motivated” in space travel

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on October 7, 2012. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on October 7, launching the cargo-laden Dragon capsule into orbit en route to the International Space Station for NASA's first privately-run supply mission. AFP PHOTO / Bruce Weaver (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/GettyImages)

Matt Bubala (in for Nick Digilio) talks with award-winning space author and documentary filmmaker Rod Pyle, who checks in from Shanghai, where he’s researching emerging space technology in China.  They discuss problems with domestic budgeting and use of space projects in the US; the feasibility of collaborating with other nations on bigger space goals (like a Mars mission), the current pulse of the public on interest in space exploration and putting the costs of exploration into context, the advent of private launch projects like SpaceX, and more.