Planetary Radio • Jun 27, 2018
It’s Asteroid Week with NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer
On This Episode
Planetary Defense Officer for NASA
Near-Earth Object Observations Program Manager for NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office
Chief Executive Officer 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
The dinosaurs regret their lack of a space program. 200 million years later, humans are gearing up to defend themselves from a species-ending rock. The many challenges involved are addressed in a new strategic action plan created by sixteen agencies of the US government. NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer, Lindley Johnson, and his associate, Kelly Fast, take us inside the plan. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy applauds the growing worldwide attention to Near Earth Objects. By the time you read this Hayabusa2 will have reached asteroid Ryugu. Senior editor Emily Lakdawalla has a mission update. And Bruce Betts is all over Asteroid Week in a new What’s Up segment.
- Help defend Earth! The Planetary Society’s Kick Asteroid! Kickstarter Campaign
- FAQ: Will an asteroid hit Earth? Your questions answered.
- New report explores threat from near-Earth asteroids
- National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan
- Hayabusa2 update: New views of Ryugu and corkscrew course adjustments
This Week’s Prizes:
A svelte Planetary Radio t-shirt from the Planetary Society Chop Shop store. Also, a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account.
This week's question:
Why is the near-Earth asteroid Hayabusa2 is visiting named Ryugu?
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, July 4th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last 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.
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
Who was in Earth orbit at the same time as the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova?
Cosmonaut Valery Bykovski reached orbit in Vostok 5 2 days before Valentina Teryshkova. They would come within 5 kilometers of each other back in June of 1963.