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Planetary RadioSeptember 26, 2018

SpaceX Builds a Big Falcon Rocket

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Jason Davis

Digital Editor, The Planetary Society

Gwynne Shotwell
Gwynne Shotwell

President and Chief Operating Officer, SpaceX

Doug Hurley
Doug Hurley

Verteran of two Space Shuttle missions

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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

A mostly SpaceX episode as the ambitious company provides updated details regarding its huge new rocket and introduces its first astronauts. Mat Kaplan shares more from the company’s headquarters, while Planetary Society Digital Editor explains and explores the BFR. Jason also celebrates the successful landing of two asteroid “rovers” from Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft. And we’ll tell you What’s Up in the night sky as we offer another space trivia contest.

A performance inside the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS)

A performance inside the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS)
BFR in flight

SpaceX

BFR in flight
Artist concept of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket in flight.
SpaceX and NASA astronauts

Mat Kaplan

SpaceX and NASA astronauts
SpaceX and NASA astronauts are introduced by SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell at the company's California HQ
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell with other executives and the SpaceX and NASA astronauts who will fly on the first two human missions by Crew Dragon

Mat Kaplan

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell with other executives and the SpaceX and NASA astronauts who will fly on the first two human missions by Crew Dragon
Crew Dragon capsule under construction

Mat Kaplan

Crew Dragon capsule under construction
Mat Kaplan

Mat Kaplan

Mat Kaplan
Host Mat Kaplan tries the SpaceX Crew Dragon mockup on for size

MINERVA-II1 Rover-1A Picture 2

JAXA

MINERVA-II1 Rover-1A Picture 2
This image was captured by MINERVA-II1 Rover-1A on September 22 at around 2:44 UTC. The image was captured mid-hop after a successful landing.

Trivia Contest

This Week’s Prizes:
A svelte Planetary Radio t-shirt from the Planetary Society Chop Shop store, and a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account.

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This week's question:

How many times was the Delta II rocket launched, including successes, failures and partial successes?

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, October 3rd at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What is the tallest mountain on Ceres?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the September 12 space trivia contest question:

Time again to play Where in the Solar System? Where in the solar system is a crater named Math? (Sadly, unrelated to Mathew Kaplan.)

Answer:

A crater called Math is on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

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