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Planetary RadioDecember 22, 2015

Congressman John Culberson on a Good Day for Space

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John Culberson

Former Congressman, R-TX

The newly-approved federal budget includes great news for fans of space exploration and development. Texas Congressman John Culberson led the fight for a Europa mission, the SLS rocket, commercial crew and more. He tells us why on this week’s show. Director of Advocacy Casey Dreier is blown away by the support for planetary science. We once again visit spectacular comet 67/P with Emily Lakdawalla. You might win a signed copy of Randall Munroe’s “Thing Explainer” in the What’s Up space trivia contest.

Artist's concept of a water vapor plume from Europa

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Artist's concept of a water vapor plume from Europa

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What Apollo spacecraft was name Falcon? Give us the mission number and type of spacecraft.

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Last week's question:

What are the four worlds in our solar system that sand dunes have been discovered on?


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Question from the week before:

What was the first Japanese lunar orbiter? Careful, this is tricky.


The first Japanese lunar orbiter was tiny Hagoromo in 1990.

Listen more: Rosetta and Philae, comets, mission status, FY2016 NASA Budget, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Planetary Radio, Planetary Society Political Advocacy, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), conference report

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