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Pathways To Exploration: John Logsdon Analyzes the Human Spaceflight Report

Pete Conrad at the Surveyor 3 spacecraft, with the Apollo 12 Lunar Module in the background

Air Date: 06/17/2014
Run Time: 35:42

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Topics: trans-neptunian objects, Rosetta and Philae, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), Hubble Space Telescope, Pluto, Space Policy, mission status, human spaceflight, Planetary Radio, MAVEN, Mars, Bill Nye

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The National Research Council released its long-awaited report June 4th. Distinguished space policy analyst John Logsdon returns to Planetary Radio with his take on this latest attempt to determine the proper role of humans in space. Emily Lakdawalla talks about three missions that are nearing their interplanetary destinations. Bill Nye reveals good news for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. There was a huge space trivia contest response to our question about a galaxy named after a hat! The answer is in What’s Up.

A conceptual Mars outpost making rocket propellants from the local environment


A conceptual Mars outpost making rocket propellants from the local environment

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When did Venus Express enter orbit around Venus?

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What planet in our solar system has the most moons that are over 1,000 km in diameter, and how many of those moons does that planet have?


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Name a galaxy that is named after a hat.


The galaxy named after a hat is the Sombrero Galaxy!


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Invert : 10/13/2014 06:29 CDT

I've just listened to this episode and noticed a glitch: at 27.42 there is a repeated segment of the one before. Not sure if this is going to reach the editors but hey, if it helps in any way, I thought I'd mention it. Back to the moon and beyond, let's go!

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