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Planetary RadioMarch 6, 2019

China on the Final Frontier

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Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

Contributing editor, The Planetary Society

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Emily Lakdawalla

Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, 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

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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

CNSA / CLEP

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

CNSA / CLEP

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

CNSA / CLEP

Chang'e-5 sample return mission

Trivia Contest

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

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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 http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at planetaryradio@planetary.org 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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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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