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Planetary RadioNovember 3, 2015

A 35th Anniversary Party With Neil Tyson!

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist and Director, Hayden Planetarium

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Nichelle Nichols

Actor and writer

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Dava Newman

Deputy Administrator, NASA

It was a grand night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. CEO Bill Nye led the Planetary Society’s 35th anniversary party with guests including Neil deGrasse Tyson and Deputy NASA Administrator Dava Newman. We present a very brief sampling of the celebration. Also, Emily Lakdawalla talks maps, while Jason Davis and Casey Dreier report on the planning workshop that has begun the process of deciding where humans will someday land on Mars. A barbershop quartet introduces Bruce Betts’ Random Space Fact on What’s Up.

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Nichelle Nichols

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Nichelle Nichols
Neil deGrasse Tyson receives the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science from Nichelle Nichols at The Planetary Society's 35th anniversary More to Explore event.

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Prior to the International Space Station, what was the record for continuous human habitation in space?

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What was Carl Sagan’s middle name?


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As of 1980 AND 2015, how many asteroids had been explored by spacecraft either by flyby or orbiter? Here’s a hint: There were zero in 1980.


While no asteroids had been visited in 1980, 12 have by 2015.

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