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Celebrating Yuri’s Night 2016 with Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti

Air Date: 04/12/2016
Run Time: 28:50

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Topics: New Horizons, Cassini, Hayabusa2, Akatsuki (Planet-C), Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Opportunity, mission status, events and announcements, Planetary Radio, astronaut, Mars Exploration Rovers, Planetary Society People, International Space Station

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Happy Yuri’s Night! We’re partying under Space Shuttle Endeavour in the first of two shows featuring interviews from the worldwide celebration of space. Star Trek’s Robert Picardo will talk about his new video newsletter, the Planetary Post, and we’ll visit with Samantha Cristoforetti, who returned last June from 200 days aboard the International Space Station. Emily Lakdawalla reports on the spacecraft exploring our solar system this month, while Bruce Betts tells us What’s Up.

Samantha Cristoforetti

Journalist Susan Karlin

Samantha Cristoforetti
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti at the Los Angeles Yuri’s Night party.
Yuri's Night L.A. 2016
Yuri's Night L.A. 2016

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What moon in our solar system has a massive equatorial ridge running three quarters of the way around it?

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Who was the first person to vomit in space?


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What was the first spacecraft to orbit the moon?


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Altaira: 04/13/2016 09:20 CDT

@6:50 Wow, what an inappropriate and sleazy comment. I'm sure a lot of kids and classrooms will be listening to this, maybe that should be edited out.

sepiae: 04/13/2016 09:49 CDT

Captain Samantha on the bridge! One of my absolute favourite astronauts! Pleeease bring her podium address at Yuri's night next week? And invite her for an in-depth interview to the studio?

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