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Planetary RadioSeptember 30, 2014

A Conversation With Congressman Lamar Smith

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Lamar Smith

Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

The Chairman of the powerful Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives joins us for a talk about planetary science, Europa, a human flyby of Mars and much more. Emily Lakdawalla celebrates the arrival of two new spacecraft at the Red Planet. Bill Nye reports on the very successful test of the LightSail solar sail. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan learn just how “hot” a stolen moon rock can get!

Lamar Smith

U.S. House of Representatives

Lamar Smith
Congressman Lamar Smith serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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What was the nickname given to the first pulsar ever discovered?

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What country’s goodwill moon rock was stolen but returned in 2003 after it was recovered by a U.S. sting operation?


The moon rock given to Honduras was recovered in a US sting operation and returned to the Central American nation.

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