Mars was once a warm and wet world. Then its dense, protective atmosphere mostly vanished. Learning why was one of the greatest mysteries in planetary science. The answer has just been delivered by the MAVEN orbiter. Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky will take us through it. Bill Nye the Science Guy co-chairs the March for Science. We’ll talk to him about this new effort and the successful relaunch of a SpaceX booster. Last chance to win a rubber asteroid is in this week’s What’s Up space trivia contest!
- MAVEN Findings Reveal How Mars’ Atmosphere Was Lost to Space
- UC Boulder LASP MAVEN Mission Page
- Your hypothetical questions, answered: SpaceX prepares to refly rocket booster
- A letter from Bill Nye: Why we're marching for science
- Yuri’s Night
This week's prizes are a Planetary Radio t-shirt, now available in both men’s and women’s styles, a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account, and a Planetary Society rubber asteroid.
This week's question:
Who first noted what turned out to be Neptune, even though he is not credited with the discovery because he didn’t report its movement and may have thought it was a star?
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at email@example.com no later than Wednesday, April 12th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last week's question:
What is the optically brightest quasar as seen from Earth?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What is the only Apollo Command Module flown in space that is currently on display outside the United States?
Charlie Brown, the Apollo 10 Command Module, is in the London Science Museum (with the LightSail engineering model).