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Field Test: Planetary Deep Drill

Planetary Deep Drill auger above gypsum borehole

Air Date: 12/15/2015
Run Time: 28:50

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Guests:

  • Kris Zacny, Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology, Honeybee Robotics
  • Mike Malaska, Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Bill Abbey, Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Topics: Rosetta and Philae, Planetary Society Projects, mission status, Akatsuki (Planet-C), Planetary Deep Drill, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Planetary Radio, Venus

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Drilling through many meters of ice to Europa’s ocean or to the pristine sub-surface layers of Mars will be hard. The Planetary Deep Drill prototype has shown that it may be a practical approach. Join Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society colleagues at the field test site deep in California’s desert. Emily Lakdawalla has good news from Venus and comet 67/P. Mat returns with Bruce Betts for What’s Up and a special, light-hearted feature celebrating relativity.

Artist's concept of a water vapor plume from Europa

NASA / ESA / K. Retherford / SWRI

Artist's concept of a water vapor plume from Europa

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Trivia Contest

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

This week's question:

What are the four worlds in our solar system that sand dunes have been discovered on?

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at planetaryradio@planetary.org no later than Tuesday, December 22nd at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

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

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

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

Answer:

Iapetus was the seventh moon discovered (by Giovanni Cassini).

Comments:

No trivia contest spoilers please!

Bryan See: 12/15/2015 09:05 CST

We're really disappointed that we can't get to hear an audio treat of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that opens this week. May be you'll want to interview the crew there next week or two?

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