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Planetary RadioJune 10, 2013

Saving Science Education With Pamela Gay AND Creating the Blackest Black

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David Carnahan

President and Co-Founder, NanoLab

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Pamela Gay

Astronomer, Podcaster and CosmoQuest Principal Investigator

A Planetary Radio double header includes a visit with CosmoQuest’s Pamela Gay.  She and colleagues are working to replace vital federal funds for science education and citizen science programs.  We also go to the dark side with David Carnahan of NanoLab, developer of carbon nanotubes that may help us discover Earth-like planets.  Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye celebrate Mars rovers old and new, while Bruce Betts tells Mat Kaplan about what looked like a demolition derby on orbit.

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Who was James Webb, after whom the James Webb Space Telescope is named?  (Be brief.)

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Approximately how many jellyfish flew on STS-40?

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In what year did more humans launch into space than any other year?

1985, when 63 men and women flew on the Space Shuttle or Soyuz missions.

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