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Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker With a Saturn Mission Update

Janus, Pandora, Enceladus, Mimas, and Rhea. Processed by Emily Lakdawalla.

Air Date: 06/04/2012
Run Time: 28:50

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Guests:

  • Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Topics: Enceladus, interview, Cassini, Titan, Saturn's small moons, mission status, Planetary Radio, spacecraft, weather and climate, Saturn's moons, Saturn, Saturn's rings

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Planetary Radio's most frequent guest returns with the latest news from the great ringed world, its moons, and those rings. Emily Lakdawalla previews robotic solar system exploration in June. Bill Nye visits Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. Bruce Betts tells us What's Up! Also, special congrats to Elon Musk and SpaceX!

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