Planetary Radio • Mar 15, 2017

The Great American Eclipse—Be Part of It!

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Mike Simmons

Founder and former leader for Astronomers Without Borders

It’s coming! Will you be in the path of totality? Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons says be there if you can. He also tells us about AWB’s Google-funded outreach program that will use the August 21st total solar eclipse as a starting point. Casey Dreier explains the NASA Authorization bill just passed by the House. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye has a message about space exploration for POTUS, while Mat and Bruce visit Mars and Venus.

Hinode views an annular solar eclipse, January 4, 2010
Hinode views an annular solar eclipse, January 4, 2010 Image: JAXA / ISAS / NAOJ
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In the film Men in Black, where was one of Agent J’s teachers from? He thought she was from Venus, but he was wrong.

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What is the diameter of the primary mirror on the great observatory on the Spitzer Space Telescope?


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Several spacecraft landing sites on Mars are designated as memorials. What is the designation of the Viking One memorial site?


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