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Planetary RadioOctober 17, 2018

Back to Saturn for Brand New Cassini Science

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Linda Spilker
Linda Spilker

Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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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

Our most frequent guest returns with exciting, just-published research enabled by the 20-year mission’s enormous success. Linda Spilker has served as Cassini Project Scientist for 8 years, and was Deputy Project Scientist for the previous 13. You’ll also get the chance to win Bruce Betts’ great new intro to astronomy book in this week’s space trivia contest.

Cassini makes the plunge

NASA / JPL-Caltech

Cassini makes the plunge
NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunges toward the gap between Saturn and its rings.

NASA / JPL / SSI

"The Day the Earth Smiled"
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its Moon in the same frame.

Trivia Contest

This Week’s Prizes:
A trendy Planetary Radio t-shirt from the Planetary Society Chop Shop store, a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account, and a signed copy of Bruce Betts’ new book, Astronomy for Kids.

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iTelescope.net

This week's question:

On a typical pair of binoculars, what do the two numbers mean?

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 24th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What rocket launched the Apollo 7 crew 50 years ago?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the October 3 space trivia contest question:

There was no new trivia contest question in our October 3 episode, so there’s no answer this week.

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