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Planetary RadioJune 18, 2012

Live at the National Air and Space Museum

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John M. Logsdon

Board of Directors of The Planetary Society; Professor Emeritus and founder, Space Policy Institute, The George Washington University

David DeVorkin

Senior Curator, History of Astronomy and the Space Sciences, National Air and Space Museum

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer, The Planetary Society

Planetary Radio visited the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum late last April to record a stimulating conversation in front of a live audience. You'll hear authors David DeVorkin, Senior Curator of the History of Astronomy and the Space Sciences for the Museum, and John Logsdon, founder of the Space Policy Institute.  They are joined in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery by Bill Nye and Mat Kaplan.  In their regular segments, Bill and Emily Lakdawalla congratulate China for dual successes in space, while Bruce Betts and Mat look to the sky for What's Up!

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