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Planetary RadioDecember 31, 2013

Amy Mainzer Is Hunting Asteroids With NEOWISE

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Amy Mainzer

NEOWISE and NEOCam Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer, The Planetary Society

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Emily Lakdawalla

Solar System Specialist, The Planetary Society

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society

Mat Kaplan
Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer, The Planetary Society

Take a spacecraft that can no longer survey the realm of galaxies and repurpose it to discover thousands of much nearer asteroids and comets. Put it to sleep for 2.5 years, then wake it up and start discovering even more! JPL’s Amy Mainzer is Principal Investigator for NEOWISE, the mission using this amazing space telescope.  She’d like to build the far more powerful NEOCAM next. Emily Lakdawalla gets reacquainted with the Planetary Society Student Astronauts a decade after their Mars adventure. Know where Europa is?  Enceladus? Bill Nye wishes everyone knew. Bruce Betts says the best views of Venus may be nearly over for now. You can win a Year In Space Wall Calendar in the space trivia contest.

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

This week's question:
Who recorded the first observations that indicated Venus has phases like the Moon?

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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Monday, January 6, at 2pm Pacific Time.  Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:
Around what location in space will the Gaia spacecraft orbit?

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
What is the only planet in the solar system besides Earth to have had a successful soft lander before it had a successful orbiter?

Venus was visited by the Soviet Union's remarkable Venera 7 in 1970.

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