One of the Planetary Society’s 2018 Shoemaker Near-Earth Object grants has gone to astronomers searching the sky from a mountaintop in the North African nation of Morocco. Observer Michel Ory tells us about their work. Tim Spahr ran the Minor Planet Center for many years. He has moved from that worldwide coordinator for asteroid and comet discoveries to NEO Sciences LLC, and served once again as chair of the Shoemaker NEO judging committee. Wait till you hear what poor Yuri Gagarin had for lunch as he orbited Earth. That’s just one thing you’ll learn from this week’s What’s Up segment.
- Planetary Defense in the Moroccan Mountains
- Morocco Oukaïmeden Sky Survey (MOSS)
- The 2018 Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients
- The International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Center
- The Planetary Society’s “Kick Asteroid!” Kickstarter Campaign
This week's question:
After Apollo 11, what was the first American mission to fly an all-veteran crew? (All members had previously been in space.)
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Last week's question:
What is the numerical value for the eccentricity of Mars' orbit? In other words, how uncircular is it?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What did Yuri Gagarin eat in space?
Poor Yuri Gagarin’s meal in space was a tube of beef and liver goop followed by one filled with chocolate sauce.