Join Donate

Planetary RadioMarch 17, 2015

Leaving Behind a Life on Mars—Former Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger

Download MP3

Special Guests
John Grotzinger
John Grotzinger

Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology

The Mars Science Laboratory rover has accomplished its primary goals on the Red Planet, and John Grotzinger has left his central role to become Chair of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He shares his thoughts about the ongoing mission and much more. Emily reports from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas. LightSail is ready to be bolted to an Atlas 5 rocket, according to Jason Davis. Bruce Betts learns what a white dwarf star has in common with a can of tomato sauce in What’s Up.

Former Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger in his Caltech Office

Mat Kaplan

Former Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger in his Caltech Office

Related Links:

Trivia Contest

This week's prize is Jim Bell’s great new book, “The Interstellar Age—Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission,” possibly signed by Jim!

This week's question:

What is the closest known white dwarf star?

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Tuesday, March 24th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What is Ceres’ approximate rate of rotation?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

When was Ceres discovered, and who discovered it?

Answer:

Ceres was discovered on January 1, 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi.

Listen more: Planetary Society Projects, personal stories, Planetary Radio, LightSail, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), conference report

You are here:
Comments & Sharing
astronaut on Phobos
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

Mat Kaplan
Support Radio

Keep our weekly radio program broadcasting online and on the air around the world.

Donate