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Planetary RadioSeptember 18, 2012

Celebrating 35 Years of the Voyager Mission

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Robert Picardo

Board of Directors of The Planetary Society; Actor

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Ed Stone

Voyager Project Scientist and David Morrisoe Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology

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Emily Lakdawalla

Solar System Specialist, The Planetary Society

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Ann Druyan

Executive Producer of Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and author of the companion book

Voyagers 1 and 2 just reached 35 years of travel in space.  What a great reason to celebrate! Join Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone, Ann Druyan, Emily Lakdawalla and Robert Picardo in this special live edition of our show.  Bill Nye reports on a separate celebration in London and on the International Space Station, and Bruce Betts is back in fine form with Mat Kaplan for this week’s What’s Up.

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