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2014: The Year in Space

Orion lifts off

Air Date: 12/30/2014
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society
  • Jason Davis, Journalist and Digital Editor, The Planetary Society
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Space Policy, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, , The Planetary Society

Topics: FY2015 NASA Budget, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), Planetary Society Projects, podcasts and videos, comet Siding Spring, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), commercial spaceflight, Rosetta and Philae, Space Policy, comets, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Planetary Radio, Planetary Society Political Advocacy, LightSail, Mars, Planetary Society People, Planetary Society, Bill Nye

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Our annual review of the greatest events and accomplishments over the last year features analysis and commentary by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Emily Lakdawalla, Jason Davis, Casey Dreier and Bruce Betts, along with a special new year’s gift of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

2014: The Year in Space

Mosaic by Tanya Harrison / The Planetary Society

2014: The Year in Space
Just a few of the many space highlights of 2014.

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Trivia Contest

This week's prizes are the beautiful and informative Year in Space Desk and Wall Calendars.

This week's question:

How many rockets carried humans into orbit in 2014?

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

Of spacecraft that have visited at least one giant planet (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) which spacecraft had the greatest dry mass?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

There is a US penny on the Curiosity rover. What year was that penny minted?


The coin on Curiosity is a 1909 Lincoln penny.


No trivia contest spoilers please!

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