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Subcontractors: Making Space Happen

M82, the Cigar Galaxy

Air Date: 08/09/2016
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Dion Jackson, Program Director, USC Center for Economic Development
  • G. Marie Talnack, Director of Technology Transfer, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Bill Galary, Senior Engineer, Nye Lubricants
  • Bob Hoffman, Regional Engineering Manager, Western Regional Sales, Nye Lubricants

Topics: Planetary Society Projects, Planetary Radio, LightSail, Bill Nye

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This week's prizes are a gorgeous Chop Shop Beyond Earth poster, a Planetary Society rubber asteroid and a 200-point astronomy account.

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What is the name of the second tallest mountain on Mars?

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What spacecraft flew past comet 19P/Borrelly in 2001?


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Question from the week before:

What is the highest award given by NASA? It can only be earned by astronauts, the President awards it in Congress’ name, and does so on the recommendation of NASA.


The highest honor awarded by NASA, available only to astronauts, is the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.


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Chris C.: 08/10/2016 08:05 CDT

The "LA moonwalk" link is broken -- it probably should be "/lamoonwalk", not "/moonwalk". Always check your links after publishing :)

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