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Planetary RadioMay 27, 2014

At Spacefest VI With Apollo Astronaut Gene Cernan and a Host of Proud Space Geeks

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Dan Durda

Near Earth Object astronomer and astronomical painter

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Marc Rayman

Dawn Chief Engineer and Mission Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Eugene Cernan

Apollo 17 Commander, NASA

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Laura Danly

Astrophysicist and Curator, Griffith Observatory

Spacefest is the annual celebration of all things space, including space art, memorabilia, and the many astronauts who attend. Planetary Radio visited the recent gathering in Pasadena to talk with planetary scientist and space artist Dan Durda, Marc Rayman of the Dawn asteroid mission, and a guy who calls himself the Space Cowboy. We also eavesdrop on Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan and his lifelong fan, Griffith Observatory Curator Laura Danly. Bill Nye introduces a statement of support for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, while Emily Lakdawalla reveals beautiful new images of Earth and Mars. You may win a littleBits Space Kit in the What’s Up space trivia contest.

Gene Cernan Talks With Laura Danly

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Gene Cernan Talks With Laura Danly
Mat Kaplan records their conversation at Spacefest 2014 in Pasadena, California, for Planetary Radio.

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What is the only spacecraft that flew approximately over the poles of the Sun?

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What is the third largest galaxy in the Local Group?


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Question from the week before:

Who was the only Apollo astronaut who also became a U.S. Senator?


Harrison “Jack” Schmitt of Apollo 17 became a senator for New Mexico.

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