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HERA Heroine Julielynn Wong and Printing Medical Tools in Deep Space

The HERA Lab

Air Date: 03/08/2016
Run Time: 34:48

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  • Julielynn Wong, Founding Director, Center for Innovative Technologies and Public Health

Topics: Dawn, ExoMars TGO, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Rosetta and Philae, Opportunity, mission status, Mars Express, human spaceflight, Planetary Radio, astronaut, Mars Exploration Rovers, explaining technology, International Space Station, Bill Nye

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Julielynn Wong came directly from her 30-day long HERA IX deep space simulation to our microphone. We talk with her about the experience, and her progress toward 3D medical device printing solutions for astronauts and Earthbound humans. Emily Lakdawalla looks forward to “What’s Up in the Solar System” this month. Bill Nye welcomes Scott Kelly back to Earth. A mystery prize for this week’s space trivia contest?

WFIRST Telescope

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Artist's concept of NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).
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Trivia Contest

This week's prizes are a lovely Planetary Radio t-shirt, a 200-point astronomy account, and a mystery prize!

This week's question:

Who made the second longest spaceflight, and how long was he or she up there on that single flight?

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

Last week's question:

Who was the first person to do an EVA (extravehicular activity) in a spacesuit that did NOT have life support coming from an umbilical (but still had a safety line)?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

In millions of kilometers, how far from the Sun is Mercury at its closest and farthest points in its orbit?


Mercury’s distance from the Sun varies from about 47 million kilometers to 70 million kilometers.


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