Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
Multimedia IconMultimedia

The SpaceShipTwo and Antares Disasters: Special Coverage With John Logsdon

WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo

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

Listen to the full show:

Or Download mp3


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

Support Planetary Radio

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.

Planetary Deep Drill
Planetary Deep Drill
Honeybee Robotics’ Kris Zacny and Mat Kaplan with a section of Planetary Deep Drill.

Related Links:

Trivia Contest

This week's prizes are very cool promotional items for the new movie, “Interstellar,” including a sweatshirt, the soundtrack and much more.

This week's question:

If you had warp drive, where in the universe would you go, and why would you go there? Funniest or most awe-inspiring entries will win.

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, November 11, at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What constellation winds its way between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, or the Big and Little Dippers?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

Who discovered comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring?


Robert H. McNaught discovered comet C2013 A1 Siding Spring.


No trivia contest spoilers please!

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Planetary Radio Search

Planetary Defense

An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.


Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!