Planetary Radio • May 13, 2014

Spinoff 2013: Bringing Space Technology Home

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Daniel Lockney

Technology Transfer Program Executive for NASA Headquarters

NASA has just published "Spinoff 2013," the latest of its annual reports on outstanding innovations developed for space that are solving problems and improving lives here on Earth. Technology Transfer Program Executive Daniel Lockney is our guest. Emily tells us Rosetta is closing in on its cometary destination. Planetary Society Director of Advocacy Casey Dreier is back from a very successful week in Washington with Bill Nye. Someone will win a Celestron COSMOS FirstScope telescope in this week's What's Up segment.

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Who was the only Apollo astronaut who also became a U.S. Senator?

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