Planetary Radio • Feb 14, 2018

A New Congressional Caucus Backs Planetary Science

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On This Episode

The Honorable Randy Hultgren

Founding member of the Planetary Science Caucus, Republican representing Illinois’ 14th District

The Honorable Derek Kilmer

Co-Chair of the Planetary Science Caucus, representing Washington’s 6th District

Republican Randy Hultgren and Democrat Derek Kilmer celebrate formation of the new bipartisan, bicameral caucus of US representatives and senators. They have united behind exploration of our and other solar systems. Bill Nye shares his eye and ear witness account of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch and landing. The new What’s Up space trivia contest takes its inspiration from the Tesla Roadster now on its way to Mars.

The Capitol Building
The Capitol Building Image: Bill Gowan
Starman and his Tesla Roadster tracking across deep space
Starman and his Tesla Roadster tracking across deep space Finnish astronomers Markku Nisinen and Arto Oksanen captured this time exposure of Starman and his Tesla Roadster tracking across deep space after being launched by the SpaceX Falcon Heavy.Image: Markku Nissinen and Arto Oksanen, using an telescope

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This week's question:

What was the last launch of a successful wheeled vehicle, with success defined as driving on another world?

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Last week's question:

Time once again to play “Where in the Solar System?” Where in the solar system will you find Dingle Sinus?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What type of rocket launched the first US satellite, Explorer 1?


Explorer 1, the first successful US satellite, went into orbit atop a Juno 1 four-stage rocket.