A human mission to orbit Mars might be possible by 2033, and it might be accomplished at reasonable cost and with existing or nearly-ready technology. Three leaders of a recent Washington DC conference on this topic provide a report. Emily Lakdawalla has been playing with spectacular new images from Saturn. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan enjoyed the blood red, totally-eclipsed moon, and they also enjoy offering yet another space trivia contest as we learn What’s Up.
- A New Path to Mars?
- Bill Nye & The Planetary Society Announce “Humans Orbiting Mars” Workshop Results
- Pretty Cassini Pictures: Animation of Iapetus' North Pole
- Random Space Fact!: The Red Hue of a Lunar Eclipse
- Video: April 4, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse
- Indiegogo Campaign: Science and Stories on the Space Station
This week's prizes are a 200-point iTelescope.net account worth $200 AND a stylish Planetary Radio t-shirt!
This week's question:
What are trans-Neptunian objects in a 2:1 orbital relationship with Neptune called? (2 orbits of Neptune, 1 orbit of the body)
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday, April 14th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last week's question:
What constellation appears on the flags of Australia and New Zealand? (Come on Southern Hemisphere patriots and fans!)
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What is the approximate latitude of the center of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot?
The center of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is at roughly 22 degrees south.