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Amazing Science at the 2012 DPS Meeting

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Air Date: 10/22/2012
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Heidi Hammel, Vice President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Rosaly Lopes, Senior Research Scientist/Manager for Planetary Science, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • William Hartmann, Planetary scientist, author, and artist
  • Bill Borucki, Kepler Principal Investigator
  • Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Topics: New Horizons, interview, GRAIL, astronomy, podcasts and videos, Saturn's moons, Pluto, Kepler, Planetary Radio, Earth, Neptune, geology, explaining science, Mars, Uranus

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The 44th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences brought Earth's most productive planetary scientists to Reno, Nevada last week.  The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla and Mat Kaplan were there to report on the amazing science unveiled. Planetary Radio talks to many of the major players. Bill Nye heads to Washington for the celebration of 50 years of solar system space missions. What's Up offers the weekly guide to the night sky and a t-shirt to the winner of the space trivia contest.

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