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Space Policy Edition #2: Why Juno? Why Jupiter? Why Now?

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Air Date: 07/01/2016
Run Time: 1:09:14

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Topics: Space Policy, Planetary Radio, the Moon, Mars, Juno, Jupiter

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Jason Callahan, Casey Dreier and Mat Kaplan of the Planetary Society return with another in-depth conversation about the politics and policies of space exploration. This month they ask whether the Moon vs. Mars human destination debate makes sense, examine a new report on CubeSats by the National Academies, and explain how a thrilling planetary science mission like Juno gets a thumbs up from NASA. It’s a complex but effective ordeal.

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Jack Waldbewohner: 07/04/2016 01:07 CDT

I m soon a 20 year member. I meta lot of the team at Explore Mars in DC. Your podcasts are incredible.

Anthony Hennig: 07/05/2016 09:45 CDT

One of the biggest things you guys did not talk about is that the actual Title Code leading NASA after the 2010 reauthorization act actually heavily restricted that long-term moon base stuff. If you restrict the capacity to make plans, then it gets really difficult!

LocalFluff: 07/16/2016 12:30 CDT

Great shows! Do you think you can get an interview with Newt Gingrich now that he is campaigning? He's a space enthusiast, a historian and a top political insider who could explain the process. You know how intellectual he is, he won't repeat slogans but talk about something interesting.

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