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Saving Science Education With Pamela Gay AND Creating the Blackest Black

Nanolab image of carbon nanotubes

Air Date: 06/10/2013
Run Time: 35:12

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  • David Carnahan, President and Co-Founder, NanoLab
  • Pamela Gay, Astronomer, Astronomy Cast Co-host and CosmoQuest Principal, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Topics: explaining technology, podcasts and videos, interview, Planetary Society People, Bill Nye, Planetary Radio, future technology, Mars Exploration Rovers, Opportunity, Spirit, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), extrasolar planets, optical telescopes, astronomy

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A Planetary Radio double header includes a visit with CosmoQuest’s Pamela Gay.  She and colleagues are working to replace vital federal funds for science education and citizen science programs.  We also go to the dark side with David Carnahan of NanoLab, developer of carbon nanotubes that may help us discover Earth-like planets.  Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye celebrate Mars rovers old and new, while Bruce Betts tells Mat Kaplan about what looked like a demolition derby on orbit.

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