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Planetary RadioMarch 11, 2013

Drill Baby Drill! On Mars

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Luther Beegle

Curiosity Sampling System Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

With the first use of its drill and delivery of samples to its internal instruments, Curiosity is now a fully-functioning science station on Mars.  JPL Sampling System Scientist Luther Beegle provides an update. Emily Lakdawalla is a Twitter true believer.  She shows us why with a wide-ranging discussion about meteor showers on Titan.  Bruce Betts says Mat Kaplan will just miss a comet when he travels to the Southern Hemisphere this week, but there's a treat in store for northern viewers.  Bill Nye is away.

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This week's prize is Bill Nye the Science Guy's voice on your answering system!

This week's question:
What is the highest permanent astronomical observatory, and how high is it?

To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http:planetary.org/radiocontest no later than Monday, March 18, at 2pm Pacific Time.

Last week's question:
In what country and state or province was the beryllium mined for the James Webb Space Telescope mirror segments?

Answer:
The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
On what two bodies does Copernicus have craters named after him?

Answer:
On the Moon and Mars.

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