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A Conversation With Congressman Lamar Smith

Europa from Galileo

Air Date: 09/30/2014
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Lamar Smith, Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

Topics: Jupiter's moons, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), Europa, history, Planetary Society Projects, Future Mission Concepts, human spaceflight, Planetary Radio, MAVEN, LightSail, the Moon, Mars

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The Chairman of the powerful Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives joins us for a talk about planetary science, Europa, a human flyby of Mars and much more. Emily Lakdawalla celebrates the arrival of two new spacecraft at the Red Planet. Bill Nye reports on the very successful test of the LightSail solar sail. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan learn just how “hot” a stolen moon rock can get!

Lamar Smith

U.S. House of Representatives

Lamar Smith
Congressman Lamar Smith serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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TOPDOG1: 09/30/2014 11:01 CDT

Smith a Christian scientist and greedy corporate puppet has absolutely nothing to do with true science. His for-sale-to-the-highest-bidder bills have done more harm to research and the sciences than war, natural disasters drought and famine combined. The "Digital Millennium Copyright Act" has set progress back by t least fifty years. This short version of the Koch Brothers should not be given any responsibility over science and research. His past bills have been the response of an unwise and incompetent politician. Likewise his wholesale empowerment of law enforcement has turned them into out-of-control gangs of thugs who murder almost at will and answer to no one .

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