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A Conversation With Telescope Inventor John Dobson

John Dobson

Air Date: 09/10/2012
Run Time: 28:50

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Topics: citizen science, podcasts and videos, personal stories, interview, amateur astronomers, optical telescopes, astronomy

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When John Dobson invented the Dobsonian telescope he changed the face of amateur astronomy. The 96-year old pioneer talks with Mat Kaplan. Emily Lakdawalla loves Curiosity’s self-portraits.  Bill Nye the Science Guy is in London to host a youth webcast with International Space Station astronaut Sunita Williams. Bruce Betts keeps us from getting Lost in Space and helps Mat give away a cool Curiosity bumper sticker in What’s Up.

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JORBARIS: 12/20/2012 01:07 CST

HELLO. MY RESPECTS TO YOU. I LIKE ASTRONOMY VERY MUCH. WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR COMPANY.?

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