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Saving the Planet: Voices From the Planetary Defense Conference

Earth! A Spectacular

Air Date: 06/30/2015
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Linda Billings, Research Professor, George Washington University
  • James Burke, Project Manager, Ranger program
  • Paul Chodas, Manager, NASA NEO Program Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Tom Jones, Astronaut, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
  • Nahum Melamed, Project Manager, Aerospace Corporation
  • Jason Reinhardt, MacArthur Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Travis Brashears, Undergraduate Student, University of California, Berkeley
  • Philip Lubin, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Topics: near-Earth asteroids, Earth impact hazard, Planetary Radio, Earth, conference report

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We’ve already brought you Planetary Radio Live from the 2015 PDC near Rome, Italy. Now you’ll hear a small sampling of the scientists, engineers, policymakers and media experts who spent five days considering how humanity will respond to a potentially disastrous threat. Bruce Betts celebrates the great Jupiter-Venus conjunction in What’s Up. Bill Nye and Emily Lakdawalla return next week.

Some of the attendees at the 2015 Planetary Defense Conference in Frascati, Italy


Some of the attendees at the 2015 Planetary Defense Conference in Frascati, Italy

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