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Planetary RadioFebruary 25, 2014

Talking with JPL's Blaine Baggett and Ed Stone About "The Stuff of Dreams"

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Ed Stone

Voyager Project Scientist and David Morrisoe Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology

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Blaine Baggett

Director of the Office of Communication and Education, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JPL’s Blaine Baggett has completed “The Stuff of Dreams,” a documentary about an era in planetary exploration that was both exhilarating and exasperating. He is joined by Voyager mission Project Scientist and former JPL Director Ed Stone to talk about this dramatic film. Emily Lakdawalla explains why Curiosity has joined the fraternity of backward driving rovers on Mars. Just before catching a flight, Bill Nye considers the not-too-distant future when airliners and spaceliners will share the sky. Then What’s Up runs the gamut from Gamma rays to George Washington with Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan.

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