Planetary Radio • Aug 09, 2016

Subcontractors: Making Space Happen

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Dion Jackson

Program Director for USC Center for Economic Development

G. Marie Talnack

Director of Technology Transfer for Cal Poly Pomona

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Bill Galary

Senior Engineer for Nye Lubricants

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Bob Hoffman

Regional Engineering Manager, Western Regional Sales for Nye Lubricants

You may never hear their names, but there are thousands of small to medium-sized companies without which space exploration and development wouldn’t happen. Bill Nye talks about STEAMed education through space, and Bruce Betts previews what may be a really great meteor shower. Emily Lakdawalla is on vacation.

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What is the name of the second tallest mountain on Mars?

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Last week's question:

What spacecraft flew past comet 19P/Borrelly in 2001?


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Question from the week before:

What is the highest award given by NASA? It can only be earned by astronauts, the President awards it in Congress’ name, and does so on the recommendation of NASA.


The highest honor awarded by NASA, available only to astronauts, is the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.