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Planetary RadioNovember 29, 2016

Leading the Search: Bill Diamond of the SETI Institute

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Bill Diamond

President and CEO, SETI Institute

The SETI Institute is about much more than the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. President and CEO Bill Diamond of the Institute explains. Bill Nye reviews two more stories that illustrate how hard it is to go to Mars. Join the Rocket Road Trip with our special audio preview of this new Planetary Society video series. And you might win “Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration,” in this week’s What’s Up space trivia contest. Emily Lakdawalla has the week off.

The SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array

SETI Institute

The SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array
Mat Kaplan at the Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting
Mat Kaplan at the Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting

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Trivia Contest

This week's prizes are “Xtronaut—The Game of Solar System Exploration,” designed by OSIRIS REx Principal Investigator Dante Lauretta, and named by Good Housekeeping as one of the best board games of 2016, and a 200-point astronomy account.

This week's question:

How many Soviet Venera spacecraft successfully landed on Venus? We’ll accept a fairly loose definition of success. (Within one or two.)

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, December 6th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What type of geologic features surround the residual north polar cap of Mars?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

On what date will be the next full moon that is closer to Earth than the one we just experienced on November 14, 2016?


The next full moon that is closer than the one we saw on November 14, 2016 will be on November 25, 2034.

Listen more: radio telescopes, Humans to Mars, human spaceflight, Planetary Radio, Mars, Planetary Society, SETI, rockets, Bill Nye

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