Exploring Saturn With Cassini
Air Date: 02/23/2016
Run Time: 32:24
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- Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Topics: Earth observing missions, Cassini, Tethys, Saturn's moons, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Saturn, commercial spaceflight, SLS, Space Policy, mission status, Planetary Radio, Planetary Society Political Advocacy, FY2017 NASA Budget, Bill NyeSupport Planetary Radio
Cassini Mission Project Scientist Linda Spilker returns with the latest discoveries at the beautiful ringed planet, its moons and its rings. Emily Lakdawalla has assembled a crazy animation of distant Earth from a long dormant but just reawakened space camera. Bill Nye the Science Guy provides ample evidence that space has become a marketplace. A family of accomplished astronomers provides the answer to this week’s space trivia contest in our What’s Up segment, along with a new opportunity to win OK Go swag.
- Planetary Radio Extra: Casey Dreier and Jason Callahan Explore the 2017 NASA Budget Request
- Cassini Solstice Mission
- Unusual Red Arcs Spotted on Icy Saturn Moon
- JPL and the Community
- ESA Activates a New Old Space Camera
- Follow Emily Lakdawalla on Twitter
- “The Age of Wonder”—Highly-recommended book about 18th century science and scientists, including William Herschel
- Catching the Wave at JPL: Planetary Radio Joined the "Wave at Saturn"
This week's prize is an OK Go t-shirt signed by band members Damian Kulash and Tim Nordwind, along with a Planetary Radio t-shirt signed by...?.
This week's question:
In millions of kilometers, how far from the Sun is Mercury at its closest and farthest points in its orbit?
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday, March 1st at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last week's question:
What is the peak wavelength of the Sun’s electromagnetic radiation to the nearest 100 nanometers?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What was famous astronomer Herschel’s first and middle names?
We’d have accepted Friedrich Wilhelm, Frederick William, Caroline Lucretia, or John Frederick William Herschel!