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A 2014 Preview From Emily Lakdawalla

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Air Date: 01/06/2014
Run Time: 28:50

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Guests:

  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Topics: Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), Titan, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Venus Express, LADEE, MESSENGER, Dawn, dwarf planets beyond Neptune, Saturn's moons, Saturn, Pluto, Mars Odyssey, Opportunity, Charon, Mars Express, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Mars Exploration Rovers, Venus, Planetary Radio, Planetary Society Video, the Moon, Planetary Society People, Mars, Planetary Society, Bill Nye, New Horizons, interview, Cassini, Hayabusa-2, Mercury, podcasts and videos, MAVEN, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, citizen science, Rosetta and Philae, comets, mission status, asteroids, explaining technology, geology, explaining science

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24 spacecraft are either busy exploring the solar system or speeding toward an exciting destination.  The Planetary Society's Senior Editor takes us on a whirlwind advance tour.  Another SpaceX commercial launch is the lead-in to Bill Nye the Science Guy’s regular segment.  Bruce Betts decides Mat needs professional help for his obsession regarding “Gravity.”  Maybe a tour of the night sky and the chance to win a Year in Space wall calendar will cure him.

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Trivia Contest

This week's prize is the 2014 Year In Space Wall Calendar!

This week's question:
What was the first power tool specifically designed for space use in 1964, according to NASA?

To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http:planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at planetaryradio@planetary.org no later than Monday, January 13, at 2pm Pacific Time.  Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:
Who recorded the first observations that indicated Venus has phases like the Moon?

Answer:
The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
Around what location in space will the Gaia spacecraft orbit?

Answer:
The Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point.

Comments:

No trivia contest spoilers please!

Swapnil Saxena: 01/11/2014 11:58 CST

Thanks Mat! You got my name right, well almost ;) It's my surname that people don't get right or perhaps they rather love to twist it into something which I won't go into here.. lol. Anyway, jokes apart, love your show and tune into it every week. Hopefully, will have a better luck next time with the trivia contest. Clear skies!

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