Planetary Radio • May 03, 2016

At Space Symposium With the Leader of the European Space Agency

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Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi

Director General for UAE Space Agency

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Johann-Dietrich Woerner

Director General for European Space Agency

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Bernard Foing

Chief Scientist for European Space Agency

The annual Space Symposium in Colorado is a must-attend event for space leaders from around the world. Our coverage begins with United Arab Emirates Space Agency Director General Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, and then moves to ESA Director General Jan Woerner and Chief Scientist Bernard Foing. Emily Lakdawalla shows us the moon as you’ve never seen it before. SpaceX is rolling on to Mars according to Bill Nye. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan learn what a psychopomp has to do with one of our solar system’s most distant worlds.

2016 Space Symposium
2016 Space Symposium A 2016 Space Symposium panel featuring the leaders of many national space agencies.Image: Mat Kaplan
2016 Space Symposium Panel
2016 Space Symposium Panel Bill Nye with Bernard Foing and Amy Mainzer talk space science at the 2016 Space Symposium.Image: Mat Kaplan
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Bernard Foing 2016 Space Symposium ESA Chief Scientist Bernard Foing leads a town hall meeting about the moon village proposal.Image: Mat Kaplan
The Broadmoor—home of the annual Space Symposium
The Broadmoor—home of the annual Space Symposium Image: Mat Kaplan

This week's question:

What is the date of the next Mercury transit of the Sun as seen from Earth after the May 9, 2016 transit?

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Last week's question:

When was the first recorded observation of Mercury’s transit across the sun, and who made that observation?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What is the name of 90482 Orcus’ moon?


Orcus’ moon is the Etruscan psychopomp Vanth.