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Planetary RadioApril 23, 2012

The Pioneer Anomaly... Solved!

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Slava Turyshev

Research scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

After decades of mystery and investigation, after the recovery of gigabyte after gigabyte of data stored in obsolete computer formats, the whatdunit surrounding Pioneers 10 and 11 has finally reached it conclusion. JPL scientist Slava Turyshev unveils the explanation for us. Emily Lakdawalla shares her asteroid Vesta cheat sheet, while Bill Nye the Science Guy reports on the National Space Symposium in Colorado. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan gaze upward at the night sky, and offer another great prize in the Space Trivia Contest.

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Trivia Contest

This week's prize is a freetalk & Skype Buddy Video Chat Pack!! Listen to the show for details.

This week's question:
What were the first types of amphibians in space, and what year did it or they launch?

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Last week's question:
What is different about the tail section on the Shuttle carrier aircraft as compared to a normal 747?

Coming soon in next week's show!

Question from the week before:
What is the source of the Lyrids Meteor Shower?

Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher is the source of the Lyrids.

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