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Planetary RadioDecember 30, 2014

2014: The Year in Space

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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

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Jason Davis

Editorial Director, The Planetary Society

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser, The Planetary Society

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer, The Planetary Society

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist and Director, Hayden Planetarium

Our annual review of the greatest events and accomplishments over the last year features analysis and commentary by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Emily Lakdawalla, Jason Davis, Casey Dreier and Bruce Betts, along with a special new year’s gift of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

2014: The Year in Space

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2014: The Year in Space
Just a few of the many space highlights of 2014.

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Trivia Contest

This week's prizes are the beautiful and informative Year in Space Desk and Wall Calendars.

This week's question:

How many rockets carried humans into orbit in 2014?

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

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


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

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


The coin on Curiosity is a 1909 Lincoln penny.

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