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Planetary RadioFebruary 7, 2017

Earth Microbes! Welcome to Mars

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Rebecca Mickol
Rebecca Mickol

Ph.D. Student, University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas grad student Rebecca Mickol and her team have demonstrated that some Earth bacteria can survive in the extremely thin atmosphere of Mars. Could Martian bacteria thrive under the same conditions? Jason Davis looks at the Mars vs. moon debate among some space explorers. Bill Nye says former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is concerned about at least one area of activity conducted by the agency. Mat visits during Bruce Betts’ live astronomy class for this week’s What’s Up.

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What was the first star to be photographed besides the Sun? It has been used to define zero magnitude on the stellar brightness scale.

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Last week's question:

Who sculpted the Fallen Astronaut statue left on the moon by the Apollo 15 astronaut Dave Scott?


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Question from the week before:

What solar system moon is closest in size to Mercury?


Callisto is the moon that is closest in size to Mercury.

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