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Planetary RadioDecember 23, 2014

Where Did The Air Go? Bruce Jakosky on the MAVEN Mars Mission

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Bruce Jakosky

MAVEN Principal Investigator, University of Colorado Boulder

Not just the air. Where is the water that was plentiful on the red planet billions of years ago? MAVEN may help answer these questions. Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky reports on the early, exciting science data. Emily Lakdawalla brings us Curiosity and Rosetta updates from the AGU conference in San Francisco. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan have another account to award on What’s Up. Bill Nye has the week off.

MAVEN to Mars


MAVEN to Mars
This artist's concept shows the MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet, with a fanciful image of her home planet in the background.

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Of spacecraft that have visited at least one giant planet (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) which spacecraft had the greatest dry mass?

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There is a US penny on the Curiosity rover. What year was that penny minted?


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What US Navy ship recovered the Orion capsule?


The USS Anchorage recovered the Orion capsule after its test mission.

Listen more: Rosetta and Philae, comets, mission status, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Planetary Radio, MAVEN, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), conference report

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