Planetary Radio • Apr 29, 2014

Planetary Radio Live at the USA Science and Engineering Festival with Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs

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Ray O. Johnson

Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President for Lockheed Martin

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer for The Planetary Society

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Emily Lakdawalla

Solar System Specialist and Science Communicator

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society

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Mike Rowe

Creator and Executive Producer of 'Dirty Jobs' for Discovery Channel

Join thousands of space and science geeks at the world’s biggest public science event in Washington DC. On the Einstein stage to talk about dirty jobs in space with television’s terrific Mike Rowe, Festival co-founder and Lockheed Martin Chief Technology Officer Ray Johnson, Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy and Planetary Evangelist Emily Lakdawalla. You’ll also hear the swinging harmonies of the Chromatics, scientists and engineers who sing about the wonders of STEM. Bruce Betts appeared via Skype to challenge the audience with space trivia questions. Our prize for this week’s listener contest is a Celestron COSMOS FirstScope telescope!

Planetary Radio Live at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival
Planetary Radio Live at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival Loren Roberts

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This week's prize is a Celestron COSMOS FirstScope Telescope!

This week's question:

What is the dirtiest job in the space program? Make sure it’s a real job. Bonus points for humor.

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at [email protected] no later than Tuesday, May 6, at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What is the name of the moon orbiting the trans-Neptunian object Quaoar?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What was the dwarf planet Eris named after?


Eris was the Greek goddess of strife, discord and chaos.