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Planetary RadioNovember 15, 2016

Pluto and Titan and Iran, Oh My!

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Sona Hosseini
S. Sona Hosseini

Research and Instrument Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Rosaly Lopes
Rosaly Lopes

Senior Research Scientist/Manager for Planetary Science, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mike Malaska
Mike Malaska

Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jani Radebaugh

Professor of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University

Back to the annual meeting of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences this week, where Mat Kaplan visited with experts on worlds of ice including Titan and Pluto, with a side trip to the dunes of Iran. Emily Lakdawalla checks in from a planning session for the next camera that will land on Mars. Bill Nye considers the outlook for space exploration in the Trump administration. Our What’s Up segment travels to a moon of Saturn to find characters from the Lord of the Rings.

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This week's question:

On what date will be the next full moon that is closer to Earth than the one we just experienced on November 14, 2016?

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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at [email protected] no later than Tuesday, November 22nd at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What supernova did famous astronomer Tycho Brahe observe?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

Like the Lord of the Rings? Let’s play “Where in the Solar System.” Where in the solar system is Gandalf Colles?


Gandalf Colles is on Saturn’s moon Titan

Listen more: Mars 2020, Pluto, Space Policy, Titan, amateur astrophotos, Planetary Radio, Saturn's moons, conference report, Bill Nye, Jupiter

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