A small but talented UK team is building Twinkle, a small spacecraft with a big mission—exploring the atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars. Emily Lakdawalla has posted her annual review of children’s books about space. Listen to win a signed copy of Randall Munroe’s “Thinking Big.” Bill Nye talks about good news for would-be asteroid miners, while Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan ponder first words on Mars in What’s Up.
What was the only time a launch escape system was fired with a crew aboard while the rocket was still on the pad?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What were Pete Conrad’s first words spoken as he stepped out of the Lunar Module onto the surface of the Moon?
When Apollo 12’s Pete Conrad stepped on the footpad of the Lunar Module he said, “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me!” And when he stepped from the footpad to the lunar surface he added, “Oooh! Is that soft and queasy!”