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Planetary RadioJuly 22, 2013

JPL and England Wave at Saturn

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Earl Maize

Cassini Mission Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Scott Edgington

Cassini Deputy Project Scientist

Hundreds came out on the JPL mall on Friday, July 19th to salute the Cassini spacecraft as it captured a rare image of Earth from the outer solar system.  Among them were the mission Deputy Project Scientist, Scott Edgington, and the Cassini Program Manager, Earl Maize. Emily Lakdawalla explains planetary geomorphology as she prepares for a conference about Pluto, while Bill Nye notes Congressional resistance to NASA’s planetary science funding plans. It’s a TV dog’s life in this week’s edition of the space trivia contest, part of What’s Up with Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan.

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Trivia Contest

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This week's question:
What two solar system bodies did Vega 1 and Vega 2 explore?

To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Monday, July 29th, at 2pm Pacific Time.  Be sure to include your name, mailing address and shirt size.

Last week's question:
How long were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin separated from the Apollo 11 command module in the Lunar Module Eagle?

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
Besides Pluto, name at least one fictional dog that shares its name with a solar system object (not on Earth).

Answer:Well, there's Copernicus, Dr. Brown's dog in the Back to the Future trilogy, while Apollo and Zeus where dogs on Magnum P.I.  and Pluto's new moon Kerberos is a hell of a dog.

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