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The New Horizons Initiative

Jon Lomberg

Air Date: 10/07/2013
Run Time: 28:50

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Topics: New Horizons, interview, Messages from Earth, podcasts and videos, spacecraft, SETI, Pluto, Charon, Planetary Radio, Planetary Society People, Mars, Planetary Society, Bill Nye

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Carl Sagan’s longtime artistic collaborator, Jon Lomberg, designed the cover for the Voyager Interstellar Record.  Now he wants to upload another message from Earth to New Horizons, the spacecraft on its way to Pluto.  Jon asks for help in convincing NASA and with the creation of the message.  Emily Lakdawalla reports from the 2014 meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences.  Bill Nye rejoices in the discovery by Curiosity that two percent of Mars soil is water.  Bruce Bettts points out a majestic triangle in the fall sky on What’s Up.

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