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LADEE Launch on Minotaur 5 at Wallops

Air Date: 09/09/2013
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Brian Day, LADEE Education and Public Outreach Lead, Ames Research Center
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • David Paige, Professor of Planetary Sciences, UCLA

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Planetary Radio returned to the Crawford Family Forum for live coverage of the LADEE launch on September 6th.  With a capacity in person crowd and many more watching our webcast, Mat Kaplan was joined on stage by planetary scientists Bruce Betts and David Paige. We got a live report from the LADEE mission’s Brian Day at the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia, and a surprise phone call from Science Guy and Dancing With the Stars contestant Bill Nye!

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