Join Donate

Planetary RadioApril 15, 2013

Yuri's Night 2013 Under Space Shuttle Endeavour

Download MP3

Special Guests
Bobak Ferdowski
Bobak Ferdowsi

Senior Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

George Whitesides

President and CEO, Virgin Galactic

Loretta Whitesides

Flight Director/Yuri's Night Founder, Zero Gravity Corporation/Yuri's Night

The world party for space once again celebrates the anniversary of the first human spaceflight.  Our guests are Yuri’s Night founders Loretta and George Whitesides.  George is also President and CEO of Virgin Galactic, now preparing SpaceShipTwo for its first powered flight.  They are joined by Bobak Ferdowsi, JPL’s famous “Mohawk Guy,” flight director for Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory Rover.  You’ll also hear Emily Lakdawalla on why this is the golden age of space exploration. Bruce Betts reports from the Planetary Defense Conference in Arizona.  Bill Nye returns next week.

Related Links

Trivia Contest

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

This week's question:
What is the diameter of Meteor Crater in Arizona?

To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http:planetary.org/radiocontest no later than Monday, April 22, at 2pm Pacific Time.

Last week's question:
What is the reflective coating on the Chandra X-ray Telescope's mirrors?

Answer:
The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
Where in the solar system is Ontario Lacus?

Answer:
It is a large methane, ethane and propane lake at Saturnian moon Titan's southern pole.

Listen more: history, fun, interview, Planetary Society People, Planetary Radio, human spaceflight, commercial spaceflight

You are here:
Comments & Sharing
astronaut on Phobos
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

Mat Kaplan
Support Radio

Keep our weekly radio program broadcasting online and on the air around the world.

Donate