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Planetary RadioMarch 7, 2018

Visiting the Birthplace of PlanetVac

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society

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Jason Davis

Digital Editor, The Planetary Society

Justin Spring

Senior Project Engineer, Honeybee Robotics

Kathryn Luczek

Project Engineer, Honeybee Robotics

Space is hard. Sample collection and return is harder still. That’s why the radically-simplified PlanetVac system from Honeybee Robotics is so intriguing. Join Planetary Society Chief Scientist Bruce Betts and host Mat Kaplan on a tour of Honeybee that includes a PlanetVac demo. Bruce returns for this week’s What’s Up jaunt around the night sky. Planetary Society Digital Editor Jason Davis shares big news about the LightSail 2 solar sail and the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch.

PlanetVac Sample Collection

PlanetVac Sample Collection
Attached to a lander leg, PlanetVac collects a surface sample by using an inert gas to move regolith into the sample container.
Honeybee Robotics' giant freezer

Bruce Betts

Honeybee Robotics' giant freezer
Mat Kaplan talks with Honeybee Robotics project engineers Justin Spring and Kathryn Luczek about the company’s giant freezer.
A bucket of Mars regolith simulant

Bruce Betts

A bucket of Mars regolith simulant
Mat Kaplan digs into a bucket of Mars regolith simulant with Honeybee Robotics project engineers Kathyrn Luczek and Justin Spring.
3D-printed PlanetVac prototypes

Bruce Betts

3D-printed PlanetVac prototypes
A variety of 3D-printed PlanetVac prototypes at Honeybee Robotics.
Mars vacuum chamber

Bruce Betts

Mars vacuum chamber
The Mars vacuum chamber at Honeybee Robotics.
Honeybee Robotics deep freeze

Bruce Betts

Honeybee Robotics deep freeze
Mat Kaplan enters the Honeybee Robotics deep freeze with PlanetVac engineer Justin Spring.

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This week's question:

How many missions in NASA’s Mercury program carried humans into space?

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Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, March 14th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What is the second brightest star in the night sky as seen from either hemisphere?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What two planets in our solar system have about the same surface gravity?

Answer:

We wanted to hear that Mercury and Mars are the closest in surface gravity, but would have also accepted Venus and Uranus.

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