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Planetary RadioOctober 4, 2017

Australia Gets Serious About Space

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Brett Biddington

68th International Astronautical Congress CEO and past Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia

The Australian government announced that it would create a national space agency at the 68th annual International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide. We’ll talk with IAC 2017 CEO Brett Biddington about what this means for his country. Last week’s IAC was also where Elon Musk provided more details about his audacious plan to put hundreds of humans on Mars by the mid-2020s. Digital Editor Jason Davis has the scoop. A really easy space trivia contest question could win you space art and much more as you hear What’s Up in the night sky.

68th International Astronautical Congress
68th International Astronautical Congress
Brett Biddington
Brett Biddington

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Trivia Contest

This week's prizes are the Chop Shop-designed Planetary Society t-shirt, a 200-point astronomy account, AND a beautiful mounted print by space artist Michelle Rouch from her Astro Girls series of Marilyn Monroe on Mars.

This week's question:

In English, what does the Russian word “Sputnik” mean?

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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Wednesday, October 11th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What is the definition of the metallicity of a star?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

When OSIRIS-REx flies by Earth on September 22, 2017, over what continent will it be at its closest approach?


OSIRIS-REx was over Antarctica during its Earth flyby closest approach on September 22, 2017.

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