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Europa Report--New Science Fiction Film Embraces the Science

Europa Report Film Still--On the Surface

Air Date: 07/29/2013
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Kevin Hand, Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Topics: New Horizons, interview, fun, podcasts and videos, life, Jupiter's moons, Europa, Pluto, human spaceflight, Planetary Radio, Planetary Society People, Planetary Society, Bill Nye

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If you’re willing to accept the premise, the thrilling new independent feature film presents one of the most scientifically and technically accurate tales ever put on screen. We’ll talk with the director and producer, and then ask science advisor Kevin Hand for a reality check.  Emily Lakdawalla has returned from a Pluto mission science meeting.  Bill Nye wants to make sure the 2020 Mars rover can look for signs of life, while Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan have another new Planetary Radio t-shirt for you.

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