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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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  • 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, Hayabusa2, 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 or write to us at 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?

The answer will be revealed next week.

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

The Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point.


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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