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Talking with JPL's Blaine Baggett and Ed Stone About "The Stuff of Dreams"

Voyager 2 in the solar wind

Air Date: 02/25/2014
Run Time: 33:40

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Guests:

  • Ed Stone, Voyager Interstellar Mission Chief Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Blaine Baggett, Director of the Office of Communication and Education, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Topics: history, Voyager 1 and 2, Planetary Radio, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Bill Nye

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JPL’s Blaine Baggett has completed “The Stuff of Dreams,” a documentary about an era in planetary exploration that was both exhilarating and exasperating. He is joined by Voyager mission Project Scientist and former JPL Director Ed Stone to talk about this dramatic film. Emily Lakdawalla explains why Curiosity has joined the fraternity of backward driving rovers on Mars. Just before catching a flight, Bill Nye considers the not-too-distant future when airliners and spaceliners will share the sky. Then What’s Up runs the gamut from Gamma rays to George Washington with Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan.

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Donald Morrow: 04/01/2014 07:51 CDT

How can I watch "The Stuff of Dreams"? The JPL webpage for it doesn't say anything about distribution. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stuffofdreams/

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