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Planetary RadioApril 19, 2016

Exploring Europa and Mining Asteroids at Yuri’s Night

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Chris Lewicki

President and Chief Asteroid Miner, Planetary Resources

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Bob Pappalardo

Europa Clipper Mission Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Bobak Ferdowsi

Senior Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Marcia Fiamengo

Future Astronaut, Virgin Galactic

Our special coverage from the Los Angeles Yuri’s Night party continues with Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources along with Bob Pappalardo and Bobak “Mohawk Guy” Ferdowsi who are preparing an orbiter for Jupiter’s ocean world Europa. Emily Lakdawalla takes us on a 3D trek across Mars. Bill Nye reports on the just-completed 2016 Space Symposium. Bruce Betts reveals the identity of the first astronaut to lose his lunch in space.

Bob Pappalardo and Bobak Ferdowsi at Yuri’s Night

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Bob Pappalardo and Bobak Ferdowsi at Yuri’s Night
Steve Hicks and future Virgin Galactic astronaut Marcia Fiamengo

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Steve Hicks and future Virgin Galactic astronaut Marcia Fiamengo
Marcia’s tattoo

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Marcia’s tattoo
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3D object printed from pulverized meteorite

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What is the name of 90482 Orcus’ moon?

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What moon in our solar system has a massive equatorial ridge running three quarters of the way around it?


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Question from the week before:

Who was the first person to vomit in space?


Among Gherman Titov’s many space firsts was the first rainbow smile.

Listen more: Commercial spaceflight, Jupiter's moons, Europa, human spaceflight, astronaut, explaining technology, Planetary Society Political Advocacy, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), conference report, Bill Nye

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