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Marc Rayman’s Dawn Mission Update

Ceres in color

Air Date: 01/19/2016
Run Time: 30:51

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  • Marc Rayman, Dawn Chief Engineer and Mission Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Topics: Enceladus, Cassini, Titan, Saturn's small moons, Dawn, Saturn's moons, asteroid 1 Ceres, Saturn's rings, commercial spaceflight, mission status, asteroids, Planetary Radio, Bill Nye

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The Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman returns for another report on the ion-engine powered mission, now orbiting 240 miles above dwarf planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt. Emily Lakdawalla explains the bittersweet quality of Cassini’s latest images of Saturn’s moons. Bill Nye talks about two more milestones in commercial space access. Mat and Bruce offer an ISS Above system in the new space trivia contest.

Messier 5

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Messier 5
Messier 5 is a globular cluster containing hundreds of thousands of stars. It is about 25,000 light years from our solar system.

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This week's prize is an amazing ISS-Above HD system from ImageBEAM Inc. Also, a Planetary Radio t-shirt, if you ask nicely.

This week's question:

On plaques carried by the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes, Earth’s position in shown in relation to 14 what?

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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, January 26th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What and when was the first spacecraft flyby of a comet?


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Question from the week before:

Hydrogen and helium are the most abundant elements in the Milky Way galaxy. What comes in a distant third by mass fraction?


Oxygen is the third most abundant element in the Milky Way galaxy.


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