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Planetary Radio Live: The LightSail Countdown Begins!


Air Date: 07/15/2014
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • David Brin, Science Fiction Author
  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Jason Davis, Digital Editor, The Planetary Society
  • Barbara Plante, Founder and President, Boreal Space
  • Doug Stetson, LightSail Project Manager, The Planetary Society

Topics: Planetary Society Projects, Planetary Radio Live, Cosmos-1, Planetary Radio, solar sailing, Planetary Society People, Planetary Society, Bill Nye

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LightSail, the Planetary Society’s innovative solar sail cubesat, will ride into space on the huge SpaceX Falcon Heavy, now in development. Bill Nye joins a live celebration of this announcement with guests including author David Brin, Project Manager Doug Stetson and many more. Excerpts of the webcast are featured in this week’s episode. The evening ends with a live solar sailing edition of What’s Up with Bruce Betts.

Mat Kaplan, Jason Davis, and Bill Nye at Planetary Radio Live's LightSail event
Mat Kaplan, Jason Davis, and Bill Nye at Planetary Radio Live's LightSail event

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This week's prize is a LightSail vest AND a LightSail polo shirt.

This week's question:

What is the approximate area of the LightSail sails?

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On what highly-publicized, international stage were parts of Skylab displayed?


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How many moons has Cassini discovered at Saturn?


Seven moons of Saturn have been discovered by the Cassini spacecraft, with an eighth possibly forming.


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