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Planetary RadioAugust 9, 2016

Subcontractors: Making Space Happen

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Dion Jackson

Program Director, USC Center for Economic Development

G. Marie Talnack

Director of Technology Transfer, Cal Poly Pomona

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Bill Galary

Senior Engineer, Nye Lubricants

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Bob Hoffman

Regional Engineering Manager, Western Regional Sales, Nye Lubricants

You may never hear their names, but there are thousands of small to medium-sized companies without which space exploration and development wouldn’t happen. Bill Nye talks about STEAMed education through space, and Bruce Betts previews what may be a really great meteor shower. Emily Lakdawalla is on vacation.

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This week's prizes are a gorgeous Chop Shop Beyond Earth poster, a Planetary Society rubber asteroid and a 200-point astronomy account.

This week's question:

What is the name of the second tallest mountain on Mars?

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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, August 16th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What spacecraft flew past comet 19P/Borrelly in 2001?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What is the highest award given by NASA? It can only be earned by astronauts, the President awards it in Congress’ name, and does so on the recommendation of NASA.


The highest honor awarded by NASA, available only to astronauts, is the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

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