On This Episode
Former astronaut and NOAA Administrator
Cassini Science Planning and Sequencing Deputy and Titan Orbiter Science Team Co-Chair
Cassini Deputy Project Scientist
International Space University
Chief of Space Policy for The Planetary Society
Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society
Senior Communications Adviser and former Host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society
Freeman Dyson wasn’t the only space star at the ISDC. Mat talks with former astronaut and NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, leaders of the Cassini mission, innovative students and an expert on dental care in space. Keep flossing! Planetary Society Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier has the latest budget info from Washington and tells us about Space Policy Directive-3. Bruce and Mat have picked the name for the supermassive black hole that lurks at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Who has won?
- The National Space Society and the International Space Development Conference
- Kathryn Sullivan
- The Cassini/Huygens Mission
- UCSD SEDS Colossus Static Fire System for rocket engine testing
- Planetary Society & Intel AI Interplanetary Challenge Contest and Videos
- NASA’s 2019 Budget Takes Shape
- Center of the Milky Way Has Thousands of Black Holes, Study Shows
This Week’s Prizes:
A signed, hardcover copy of Chasing New Horizons—Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto. Also, a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account.
This week's question:
What is the International Space Station’s approximate altitude range above Earth’s surface? Unique or humorous units are welcome but won’t help you win.
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, June 27th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last week's question:
Who was in Earth orbit at the same time as the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What name would you give the super-massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy? Mat and Bruce will judge entries on whatever their whim is at that moment, but probably including such factors as cleverness, pseudo-realism and humor.
Bruce and Mat’s choices for naming the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole:
Humor category: The "Singularity Unwinding Circling Kinetically Trapped Ultra-heated Particles,” better known by it's acronym, SUCKITUP!
Dignified name the IAU might actually consider: Erysichthon