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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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  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Space Policy, 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 prize is a MAVEN mission patch AND the new and stylish Planetary Radio t-shirt!

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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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Monday, November 25, at 2pm Pacific Time.  Be sure to include your name, mailing address and shirt size.

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

The answer will be revealed next week.

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

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


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