Planetary Radio • Sep 13, 2017

Science Fiction Greats on Humanity’s Destiny in Space

On This Episode

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Gregory Benford

Physicist and Science Fiction Author for UC Irvine

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David Brin

Science Fiction Author, Futurist, Astrophysicist, and Planetary Society Advisory Council member

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Geoffrey Landis

Science Fiction Author, Scientist, and Engineer for NASA Glenn Research Center

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Larry Niven

Science Fiction Writer

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Robert Zubrin

Author and Founder for The Mars Society

Robert Zubrin of the Mars Society talks with Gregory Benford, David Brin, Geoffrey Landis and Larry Niven about terraforming Mars, the origin of life, the drive to explore and more. Emily Lakdawalla tells us what expect when the Cassini Mission comes to a spectacular end. The Cassini theme continues through this week’s What’s Up segment with Bruce Betts.

Mars Society Convention panel
Mars Society Convention panel (L to R) David Brin, Geoffrey Landis, Gregory Benford, Larry Niven and Robert Zubrin at the 2017 Mars Society Convention. Mat Kaplan
Mars Society Convention panel (wide)
Mars Society Convention panel (wide) (L to R) David Brin, Geoffrey Landis, Gregory Benford, Larry Niven and Robert Zubrin at the 2017 Mars Society Convention. Mat Kaplan
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This week's question:

On what rocket did the Cassini spacecraft launch in 1997?

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Last week's question:

How long is the longest dimension of the Cassini spacecraft, not counting the booms—the main spacecraft’s structure before deployment?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

Giovanni Domenico Cassini, for whom the Cassini mission is named, began a mapping project that was continued by four generations of Cassinis, especially his grandson and great-grandson. What did they map?

Answer:

Giovanni Domenico Cassini began a mapping project that extended across four generations of his family. It was a topographic map of France, the first ever created of an entire nation.