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Planetary RadioMay 22, 2012

VIP Tour of a Huge Solar Sail BONUS: Falcon 9 and Dragon Head for the ISS!

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Mason Peck

NASA Chief Technologist, NASA

Honorable Dana Rohrabacher

Congressman, US Congress

Nathan Barnes

, L'Garde Incorporated

Join the VIP tour!  Planetary Radio visited L’Garde, Incorporated to see how its giant solar sail is coming together. You’ll hear from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck, and L’Garde co-founder Gordon Veal. Emily Lakdawalla and Bruce Betts report on their views of the annular solar eclipse, while Bruce joins Mat in another space trivia contest.  Also, a brief report on the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 to the International Space Station.

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This week's question:
Who performed the first known observation of a Venus transit, and it what year?

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Last week's question:
What is the current understanding of the value of the Hubble Constant?

Coming soon in next week's show!

Question from the week before:
Who sat in the middle seat of the Apollo 11 Command Module at launch?

Buzz Aldrin sat in the center seat of the command module at the launch of Apollo 11.

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