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Planetary RadioMarch 21, 2018

Stephen Hawking: Spaceflight Pioneer!

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer, The Planetary Society

Erik Viirre

Professor, UCSD

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Louis D. Friedman

Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer

He is known for his breakthrough physics and popularizing of science, but Dr. Hawking also wanted to fly in space. Erik Viirre led the medical team that helped Stephen experience weightlessness. He says the adventure helped open the possibility of spaceflight for many more people. Planetary Society co-founder Louis Friedman and Society CEO Bill Nye share their memories of the great physicist. Bruce Betts doesn’t let a bad cold get in the way of the What’s Up segment.

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How many Space Shuttle flights docked with the Mir space station?

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Of the 88 modern constellations, which is the smallest in area? (By solid angle that they subtend in the sky.)

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

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Six Mercury spaceflights carried humans.

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