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Dr. Bell Goes to Washington

Jim Bell addresses congress

Air Date: 09/16/2014
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society

Topics: Future Mission Concepts, asteroids, Planetary Radio, Planetary Society Political Advocacy, Planetary Society People, Mars, Planetary Society, Uranus' moons

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Planetary Scientist Jim Bell of Arizona State University joined other experts in front of the US House of Representatives Space Committee on September 10th. Get his report this week. Emily Lakdawalla answers a big question about the Curiosity Mars rover’s destination. Bill Nye says keep future attention on collecting samples of Mars for later return to Earth. Bruce Betts has found the end of the rainbow on a distant moon called Ariel.

Phil Christensen, Jim Bell, and Chairman Palazzo

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Phil Christensen, Jim Bell, and Chairman Palazzo

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