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A New Era For SETI Research: More on the Breakthrough Initiatives

Kepler-22b: Closer to Finding an Earth

Air Date: 08/11/2015
Run Time: 39:23

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  • Karen O’Neil, Site Director and Assistant Director for Operations, Green Bank Telescope, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Dan Werthimer, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, SETI@Home Project, UC Berkeley

Topics: Planetary Society Projects, mission status, Planetary Radio, life, LightSail, SETI, Bill Nye

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We follow last week’s conversation with Ann Druyan about the $100 million funding of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by visiting with two of the scientists who will do the work: Dan Werthimer of UC Berkeley and Karen O’Neil of the Green Bank Telescope. Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye return to their regular slots, while Bruce and Mat ogle this year’s slick new Lunar Rover model.

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About how many galaxies, including dwarf galaxies, are in the Local Group that includes the Milky Way?

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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, August 18th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

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What is the only Apollo Lunar Module whose Ascent Stage probably still survives in space?


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If you were a car company trying to market the Apollo mission Lunar Roving Vehicle, what would you name it, and what would your slogan be? There is no right answer. Answers will be judged based on humor and/or effectiveness or whatever other criteria we feel like.


See the video that won our “Rebrand the Lunar Rover” contest.


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