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Planetary RadioOctober 29, 2012

A Vacuum Cleaner on Mars

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Special Guests
Kris Zacny

Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology, Honeybee Robotics

It’s called PlanetVac, and it’s an amazingly simple way to collect a soil sample on Mars.  Or on the moon.  Or on an asteroid.  We’ll learn about it from Kris Zacny of Honeybee Robotics.  You can also catch the video tour Bruce Betts got at Honeybee.  Later, Bruce and I will tell you about two new contests, each with a very cool prize.  Bill Nye is traveling, but we’ve got Emily Lakdawalla with a new angle on the search for near earth asteroids.

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What is the orbital period of Ceres?

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About how many times brighter is the Sun than the full moon as seen from Earth?

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The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
What PLANETS did Cassini fly by on its way to Saturn?

Answer:
Venus (twice), Earth and Jupiter

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