The Right Site: Choosing A Landing Spot on Mars
Air Date: 08/25/2015
Run Time: 33:33
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- Matt Golombek, Co-chair, Mars Exploration Rover Landing Site selection committee
- Lindsay Hays, Science Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Ken Edgett, Senior Research Scientist, Malin Space Science Systems
The 2020 Mars Rover may be years away, but determining where it will land is already a hot topic among scientists and engineers. Many of the former gathered in early August for a site selection workshop. We talk with Co-Chair and Mars veteran Matt Golombek, JPL astrobiologist Lindsay Hays, and Ken Edgett of Malin Space Science Systems. Emily Lakdawalla tells us how Curiosity takes those beautiful selfies, and there’s another LightSail patch and Planetary Radio t-shirt to win in the What’s Up space trivia contest.
- The Mars 2020 Rover
- 2nd Landing Site Workshop for the Mars 2020 Mars Rover Mission
- Matt Golombek
- Lindsay Hays
- Ken Edgett
- The Story Behind Curiosity’s Self-Portraits on Mars
- ChopShop Historic Robotic Spacecraft Series
This week's prizes are a fabulous Planetary Radio t-shirt and an embroidered LightSail patch!
This week's question:
What Mars lander or landers were imaged under their parachutes by orbiters as they descended to the surface?
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Last week's question:
How many hexagonal segments will make up the primary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
About how many galaxies, including dwarf galaxies, are in the Local Group that includes the Milky Way?
There are at least 54 galaxies in the Local Group, including dwarf galaxies. The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are the largest.