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Planetary RadioJanuary 31, 2018

Going to Sea to Sail Through Space: Orion Ocean Recovery Testing

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Stephen Bowen
Stephen Bowen

Astronaut, NASA

Dennis Jacko
Captain Dennis Jacko

Commanding Officer, USS Anchorage

Melissa Jones
Melissa Jones

NASA Recovery Director, Exploration Ground Systems’ Landing & Recovery Team

Join Mat Kaplan on a visit to Naval Base San Diego and the USS Anchorage, the amphibious ship that has just completed a round of Orion spacecraft recovery testing and practice. You’ll hear from the NASA Recovery Director Melissa Jones, the Commanding Officer of the Anchorage and veteran astronaut Stephen Bowen. Planetary Society Digital Editor Jason Davis says we are learning how to recognize signs of life on distant exoplanets. Bruce Betts knows What’s Up in the night sky.

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What type of rocket launched the first US satellite, Explorer 1?

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What are the names of Neptune’s five principal rings?


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What was the first in space docking of two robotic (unmanned) spacecraft?


The first docking of two unmanned spacecraft was the rendezvous of the Soviet Kosmos 186 and Kosmos 188 on October 30, 1967.

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