Planetary Radio • Apr 05, 2016
Michel Mayor, Discoverer of the First Extrasolar World
On This Episode
Professor Emeritus for University of Geneva and 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics Co-recipient
Michel Mayor and his team rocked the astronomy world with their 1995 announcement, but this modest man says it was a discovery whose time had come. Emily Lakdawalla returns to mysterious dwarf planet Ceres. Seen the latest Blue Origin launch and landing? Bill Nye has. Which acronym for Laika the space dog’s name will be best in show?
- UC San Diego press release about Michel Mayor appearance
- Dr. Mayor’s Kyoto Prize Citation by the Inamori Foundation
- Dr. Mayor’s Kyoto Prize Lecture
- Kyoto Symposium Organization
- LPSC 2016: So. Much. Ceres.
- LPSC 2016: Martian Geomorphology
- Blue Origin Flight 3 Video
This week's grand prizes are a lovely Planetary Radio t-shirt, a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account, and a Planetary Society rubber asteroid!
This week's question:
Who was the first person to vomit in space?
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Tuesday, April 12th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last week's question:
What was the first spacecraft to orbit the moon?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
We want to honor Laika the dog by turning her name into a space acronym. What should LAIKA stand for? It could be a spacecraft, an instrument, a type of planetary feature...you name it. Winners will be picked based on evaluation of your entry’s creativity, humor or both.
The winning LAIKA acronym: Lifetime Achievement for International K9 Astronauts
(Thanks to all who submitted terrific entries!)