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Live at PATS With OSIRIS REx!

OSIRIS-Rex artist's concept

Air Date: 09/24/2012
Run Time: 37:42

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  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society
  • Steve Chesley, Astrodynamicist, JPL

Topics: explaining science, podcasts and videos, fun, interview, spacecraft, Planetary Radio, Planetary Society Names Things, asteroids, comets, Earth impact hazard, near-Earth asteroids, OSIRIS-REx, amateur astronomers, naming things

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It’s Planetary Radio Live at the Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show, with JPL astrodynamicist Steve Chesley and Planetary Society Director of Projects Bruce Betts. Steve and Bruce reveal the exciting OSIRIS REx mission to an asteroid and then back to Earth with a precious soil sample.  Enter the contest to name that asteroid! Steve is also an expert on the Near Earth Objects that threaten our planet. Bill Nye and Emily Lakdawalla check in, and one listener will win a Celestron FirstScope telescope!

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This week's prize is a Celestron FirstScope Telescope!

This week's question:
As of September 20, 2012, approximately how many Near Earth Asteroids are known to exist? 

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What is the south pole star of Mercury?

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Question from the week before:
Who was Gale Crater named after and where was he from?

19th Century Australian astronomer Walter Frederick Gale


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