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Planetary RadioFebruary 18, 2014

Getting Humans to Mars Without Breaking the Bank

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Harley Thronson
Harley Thronson

Senior Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA scientist Harley Thronson tells us about a new initiative that is figuring out how we will get men and women to the red planet at a reasonable price. You can read their initial report. Emily Lakdawalla reports on Curiosity’s passage over dunes that made engineers nervous. Bill Nye reveals NASA’s plans for a lunar rover that may launch in 2018. Mat Kaplan joins Bruce Betts in a TV studio to record this week’s What’s Up segment. You can watch!

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This week's prize is "Beyond Earth," the beautiful, letterpress 19"x25" poster from Chop Shop. See it at chopshopstore.com.

This week's question:

What was the brightest supernova as observed and recorded historically, and approximately how bright was it?

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Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at planetaryradio@planetary.org no later than Tuesday, February 25, at 2pm Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What is the region in the electromagnetic spectrum that is between ultraviolet and gamma rays?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What comet did the astronauts on Skylab IV observe?

Answer:

Comet Kahoutek was observed by the astronauts on Skylab IV.

Listen more: Future Mission Concepts, human spaceflight, Planetary Radio, the Moon, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Bill Nye

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