Planetary Radio • Jun 21, 2017

Thomas Edison, Eclipse Chaser!

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David Baron

Journalist, Author, and Broadcaster

The great inventor was just one of many men and women who made their way across the American West to view and document the total solar eclipse of 1878. Edison would test a new heat-detecting instrument. Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell and her female colleagues demonstrated that women could conduct science under difficult conditions. Former NPR science reporter David Baron’s American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World tells their stories. Emily Lakdawalla and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye also report from the final frontier.

American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World
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Maria Mitchell and her students
Maria Mitchell and her students Stereopticon of Vassar College astronomer Maria Mitchell and her students viewing the 1876 total solar eclipse in Denver, Colorado. Vassar College

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This week's question:

What are the names of the two large Venusian highlands?

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Last week's question:

What fuel do the Cassini spacecraft’s sixteen thrusters (not the main engines) use?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What class or group of meteorites matches the average composition of samples returned from asteroid Itokawa by the Hayabusa mission?

Answer:

The class of meteorite that matches the average composition of samples returned from asteroid Itokawa by the Hayabusa spacecraft is Low Total Iron, Low Metal Ordinary Chondrite, or LL Chondrite.