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Planetary Radio Live Celebrates the Launch of MAVEN

MAVEN Launch Coverage by Planetary Radio Live-Fun Moment With Jim Bell

Air Date: 11/18/2013
Run Time: 28:50

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Guests:

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society

Topics: interview, atmospheres, Planetary Radio Live, fun, podcasts and videos, MAVEN, Planetary Society Events, spacecraft, Plutonium-238, RTGs, mission status, events and announcements, Planetary Radio, explaining technology, Planetary Society Video, Planetary Society People, explaining science, Mars, Planetary Society, Bill Nye

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MAVEN set out for Mars on November 18.  Planetary Radio Live joined the celebration from Pasadena, California with Bruce Betts, Emily Lakdawalla, host Mat Kaplan and a roomful of space enthusiasts. Jim Bell and Bill Nye joined in via live hookup from the Kennedy Space Center.  A link to the complete webcast is available below.  Also, Casey Dreier reports discouraging news about the future of deep space missions that can’t rely on solar cells for power.

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This week's question:
MOM is India's Mars Orbiter Mission. Amuse us: If we launched a mission with the acronym "DAD" what would it stand for?

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Last week's question:
What observational technique was used to discover the rotation periods of Venus and Mercury?

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The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
What are the craters on the asteroid Gaspra named after?

Answer:
Like the asteroid itself, they are named after resort towns.

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