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Planetary RadioJuly 7, 2015

Emily Lakdawalla’s Pluto Preview

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Emily Lakdawalla

Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Two visits with the Planetary Society Senior Editor this week, as Emily first provides an update on the Rosetta comet mission and then returns with an extended look ahead at the New Horizons Pluto encounter next week. We also hear from Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Bruce Betts shares a new Random Space Fact as we explore what’s up in the night sky.

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This week's question:

What was the last year in which Pluto was closer to the sun than Neptune?

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, July 14th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

Of the five moons of Pluto known before New Horizons, which two moons have a mythological family relationship?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

Who said (approximately), “Provide ships or sails adapted to the heavenly breezes and there will be some who will brave even that void.”

Answer:

Johannes Kepler wrote in a letter to Galileo,“Provide ships or sails adapted to the heavenly breezes and there will be some who will brave even that void.”

Listen more: New Horizons, Rosetta and Philae, Pluto, comets, Charon, mission status, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Planetary Radio, Bill Nye

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