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Planetary RadioDecember 16, 2013

A Big Week for Space Science at the AGU and Beyond

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser, The Planetary Society

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Emily Lakdawalla

Solar System Specialist, The Planetary Society

The annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union revealed lots of science, some of it astounding.  Emily Lakdawalla was there with Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator Casey Dreier, whose news was not quite as good.  Bill Nye congratulates the Chinese space agency on its successful landing of a rover on the moon.   Bruce Betts finds lots to talk about in a star-filled sky on What’s Up, as he and Mat give away another Year in Space Calendar.

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This week's prize is the 2014 Year In Space Wall Calendar!

This week's question:
What is the only planet in the solar system besides Earth to have had a successful soft lander before it had a successful orbiter?

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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Monday, December 23, at 2pm Pacific Time.  Be sure to include your name, mailing address and shirt size.

Last week's question:
What mass of lunar regolith did Apollo 17 return to Earth?

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Question from the week before:
What does ISON, as in Comet ISON, stand for?

The Russian-led International Scientific Optical Network

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