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A Journey to Space

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Air Date: 12/08/2015
Run Time: 34:34

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  • Shell Amega, Vice President, Communications, California Science Center Foundation
  • Devin Waller, Exhibit Project Manager, California Science Center Foundation
  • Mark Krenzien, Director/Writer, Journey to Space 3D IMAX Film

Topics: mission status, Akatsuki (Planet-C), Planetary Radio, Venus, Bill Nye

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Journey to Space is both a new and spectacular IMAX movie and an exciting, hands-on exhibition at the California Science Center. We learn about both this week. Emily Lakdawalla, Bill Nye and Bruce Betts celebrate an amazing achievement by the Japanese space agency at Venus. Host Mat Kaplan offers another big holiday prize package in the space trivia contest.

The Planetary Society and Planetary Deep Drill

Kris Zacny

The Planetary Society and Planetary Deep Drill
The nearly 4 meter high Planetary Deep Drill completely suspended above the many meters deep hole it was drilling into gypsum in its first field test in December 2015. Planetary Society staff for scale (left to right): Merc Boyan, Andrew Pauly, Bruce Betts, and Mat Kaplan.
Kids in rotating ISS Destiny module mock-up in the Journey to Space exhibit

Mat Kaplan / CSCV

Kids in rotating ISS Destiny module mock-up in the Journey to Space exhibit
California Science Center’s Devin Waller with the Journey to Space exhibit space toilet

Mat Kaplan / CSCV

California Science Center’s Devin Waller with the Journey to Space exhibit space toilet

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Trivia Contest

This week's prizes are a lovely Planetary Radio t-shirt, a set of 2016 Year In Space Desk and Wall Calendars AND a 200-point account.

This week's question:

What was the first Japanese lunar orbiter? Careful, this is tricky.

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, December 15th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What was the seventh moon discovered in our solar system? (After our Moon, the four Galilean moons, and Titan?)


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What was the only time a launch escape system was fired with a crew aboard while the rocket was still on the pad?


Soyuz T-10a (or T-10-1 or 7K-ST No.16L) Cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov were saved in 1983 from the explosion of their rocket by the launch escape system.


No trivia contest spoilers please!

Bryan See: 12/08/2015 12:40 CST

Wonderful! That's the only step towards what we want: the audio treat to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, complete with interviews with JJ Abrams, George Lucas and cast. Way to go, Mat Kaplan!

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