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Planetary RadioJuly 19, 2016

The Eagle Has Landed: Remembering Neil Armstrong

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Jay Barbree

Space Correspondent, NBC

We celebrate the 47th anniversary of the first moon landing with the reprise of a conversation with author and NBC space reporter Jay Barbree about his trusted friend Neil Armstrong. Jason Davis brings us a special report on NASA’s 2020 Mars rover. Emily Lakdawalla reminds us that New Horizons at Pluto was anything but the end of exploration in our solar system. Bruce Betts poses a fascinating question in this week’s What’s Up trivia contest.

Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press

Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight
Portrait of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong


Portrait of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong, donned in his space suit, poses for his official Apollo 11 portrait. On the Gemini 8 mission, launched on March 16, 1966, Armstrong performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space. As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the moon and first to step on its surface.

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Trivia Contest

This week's prizes are a Planetary Radio t-shirt, a Planetary Society rubber asteroid and a 200-point astronomy account.

This week's question:

If you landed at the same latitude and longitude on Earth as Apollo 11 did on the moon, what country would you be in?

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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, July 26th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What instrument on Juno sounds most like something from a Star Wars movie?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What is the total power output of Juno at the distance of Jupiter from the Sun?


Juno’s giant solar panels are generating between 400 and 500 watts of electricity as it orbits Jupiter.

Listen more: Mars 2020, New Horizons, NASA lunar missions before 2005, Pluto, history, mission status, personal stories, human spaceflight, Planetary Radio, astronaut, Mars

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