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Planetary RadioJanuary 10, 2017

Ben Miller Says The Aliens are Coming!

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Ben Miller

British comedian, actor, science communicator and author

British physicist turned comedian and actor Ben Miller has written The Aliens are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind our Search for Life in the Universe. It starts with the Big Bang and takes readers on a fascinating ride through astrobiology and the challenge of communicating with another species. Emily Lakdawalla tells us about the two asteroid missions chosen by NASA last week. Bill Nye just met with the new NASA Associate Administrator for its Science Directorate. We learn that the oldest woman to reach space is living there right now.

The Aliens Are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe

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The Aliens Are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe

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Approximately how many squished-up Earths would fit inside Saturn?

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Which is longer? Jupiter’s year or Planetary Radio’s existence?


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Question from the week before:

Among all the women who have flown in space, who did so at the oldest age?


At 56 (and soon, 57) Peggy Whitson is the oldest woman to go to space. She is currently on the International Space Station.

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