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Planetary RadioDecember 1, 2015

A Tiny Explorer Called Twinkle

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Marcell Tessenyi
Marcell Tessenyi

Research Associate, University College London

A small but talented UK team is building Twinkle, a small spacecraft with a big mission—exploring the atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars. Emily Lakdawalla has posted her annual review of children’s books about space. Listen to win a signed copy of Randall Munroe’s “Thinking Big.” Bill Nye talks about good news for would-be asteroid miners, while Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan ponder first words on Mars in What’s Up.

Artist’s conception of Twinkle, the UK exoplanet atmosphere explorer

SSTL / Twinkle / DSS

Artist’s conception of Twinkle, the UK exoplanet atmosphere explorer

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