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10 Years A Roving: A.J.S. Rayl on the Mars Exploration Rovers

Mars Exploration Rover artist's concept Opportunity within Endurance Crater

Air Date: 12/23/2013
Run Time: 53:17

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Topics: interview, podcasts and videos, personal stories, Chang'E program, Europa, Opportunity, history, Spirit, mission status, Mars Exploration Rovers, Planetary Radio, explaining technology, the Moon, Mars, Planetary Society People, Planetary Society, The Planetary Report, Bill Nye

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What a long, wonderful trip it has been for Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rovers. Planetary Society reporter Salley Rayl has been writing about their adventure every month for ten years as AJS Rayl. She looks back on this week’s show. Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye the Science Guy also look back at the top space stories of 2013. Bruce Betts looks back in every episode as he reviews This Week in Space History.  He and Mat Kaplan give away a Year in Space wall calendar.

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This week's prize is the 2014 Year In Space Wall Calendar!

This week's question:
Around what location in space will the Gaia spacecraft orbit?

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What is the only planet in the solar system besides Earth to have had a successful soft lander before it had a successful orbiter?

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What mass of lunar regolith did Apollo 17 return to Earth?

Nearly 111 kilograms of regolith.


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