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The SpaceShipTwo and Antares Disasters: Special Coverage With John Logsdon

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Air Date: 11/04/2014
Run Time: 28:50

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Topics: commercial spaceflight, Rosetta and Philae, Hayabusa2, comets, human spaceflight, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Planetary Radio, Chang'E program, Planetary Society People, Bill Nye

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It was a terrible, tragic week for commercial space development. Historian and space policy analyst John Logsdon helps up understand the greater meaning of the SpaceShipTwo and Antares disasters on this special edition of Planetary Radio, with additional thoughts from Bill Nye. Emily Lakdawalla shares better news from around the solar system, and the new movie about interstellar travel plays a role in this week’s What’s Up with Bruce Betts.

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