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Remembering Bruce Murray

Bruce Murray

Air Date: 09/02/2013
Run Time: 49:32

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  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society
  • Louis D. Friedman, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society

Topics: history, podcasts and videos, personal stories, interview, obituary, Planetary Society, Planetary Society People, Bill Nye, Planetary Radio, Planetary Society History, Mariner 10, Venus missions before 2000, NASA Mars missions before 1996, Voyager 1 and 2

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The passing of Planetary Society co-founder and former JPL Director Bruce Murray has been marked around the world.  Planetary Radio takes its turn with this special tribute, featuring stories about Dr. Murray from Planetary Society Executive Director Emeritus Louis Friedman, Director of Projects and former student of Dr. Murray Bruce Betts, along with special commentary from Bill Nye and Emily Lakdawalla.  You’ll also hear excerpts from two of the “Admiral of the Solar System’s” appearances on Planetary Radio.

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This week's prize is the NEW and stylish Planetary Radio T-shirt! 

This week's question:
What is Dr. Bruce Murray's middle name?

To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Monday, September 9th, at 2pm Pacific Time.  Be sure to include your name, mailing address and shirt size.

Last week's question:
Who was the first person to Tweet from space?

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
In what galaxy did a supernova appear this year?

Well, one that appeared in late July is SN 2013ej, still visible in Messier 74.


No trivia contest spoilers please!

Craig : 09/06/2013 06:01 CDT

Bruce's middle name is Churchhill.

Richard McConnell: 10/16/2013 01:41 CDT

I was privileged to meet Dr Murray on a Planetary Society study trip to Antarctica. He honoured me by asking to become his "buddy" for the onshore visits, which I of course did. He was particularly interested by a visit to Deception Island (an active volcano, where we saw ice deposits overlaid by volcanic ash at this live volcano. He thought that there might be similar deposits on Mars. He was a most charming and interesting companion.

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