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Planetary RadioMarch 6, 2019

China on the Final Frontier

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Andrew Jones

Contributing editor, The Planetary Society

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Emily Lakdawalla

Solar System Specialist, The Planetary Society

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Jason Davis

Editorial Director, The Planetary Society

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society

Mat Kaplan
Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer, The Planetary Society

With missions like Chang’e 4 on the far side of the Moon, China has firmly established itself as a leader in space exploration. Space journalist Andrew Jones helps us explore the nation’s ambitious near and long-term plans. Emily Lakdawalla says Mars lander InSight’s Mole has hit an obstacle, while Jason Davis shows us how Japan’s Hayabusa2 has blasted asteroid Ryugu for a sample and celebrates the success of the SpaceX Crew Dragon demo mission. Chief Scientist Bruce Betts gets a polite dressing down from an impeccable source.

Chang'e-4 lander as seen from Yutu-2


Chang'e-4 lander as seen from Yutu-2
Yutu-2 imaged the Chang'e-4 lander in early January 2019 using its Panoramic Camera (PCAM).
Chinese robotic research base


Chinese robotic research base
Chang'e-5 sample return mission


Chang'e-5 sample return mission

Trivia Contest

A priceless Planetary Society KickAsteroid rubber asteroid and a 200-point astronomy account.

This week's question:

What are the Hayabusa2 five gram bullets made of? (Not the bigger copper projectile that will make a much bigger impact.)

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Wednesday, March 13th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

Where will the Hayabusa 2 return capsule land with its samples collected at asteroid Ryugu?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the February 20th space trivia contest question:

Of the five known dwarf planets, which is the only one not known to have a moon?


Of the five dwarf planets in our solar system, only Ceres has no (natural) moon.

Listen more: Chinese human spaceflight, interview, history, podcasts and videos, mission status, Chang'e 1 and 2, Chang'e 4, Planetary Radio, explaining technology, Chang'E program, Chang'e 3, Chang'e 5

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