Planetary Radio • Sep 26, 2018

SpaceX Builds a Big Falcon Rocket

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Jason Davis

Editorial Director for The Planetary Society

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Gwynne Shotwell

President and Chief Operating Officer for SpaceX

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Doug Hurley

Verteran of two Space Shuttle missions

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer for The Planetary Society

A mostly SpaceX episode as the ambitious company provides updated details regarding its huge new rocket and introduces its first astronauts. Mat Kaplan shares more from the company’s headquarters, while Planetary Society Digital Editor explains and explores the BFR. Jason also celebrates the successful landing of two asteroid “rovers” from Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft. And we’ll tell you What’s Up in the night sky as we offer another space trivia contest.

A performance inside the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS)
A performance inside the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS)
BFR in flight
BFR in flight Artist concept of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket in flight. SpaceX
SpaceX and NASA astronauts
SpaceX and NASA astronauts SpaceX and NASA astronauts are introduced by SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell at the company's California HQ Mat Kaplan
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell with other executives and the SpaceX and NASA astronauts who will fly on the first two human missions by Crew Dragon
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell with other executives and the SpaceX and NASA astronauts who will fly on the first two human missions by Crew Dragon Mat Kaplan
Crew Dragon capsule under construction
Crew Dragon capsule under construction Mat Kaplan
Mat Kaplan tries the SpaceX Crew Dragon mockup on for size
Mat Kaplan tries the SpaceX Crew Dragon mockup on for size Mat Kaplan
MINERVA-II1 Rover-1A Picture 2
MINERVA-II1 Rover-1A Picture 2 This image was captured by MINERVA-II1 Rover-1A on September 22 at around 2:44 UTC. The image was captured mid-hop after a successful landing. JAXA
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This week's question:

How many times was the Delta II rocket launched, including successes, failures and partial successes?

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, October 3rd at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What is the tallest mountain on Ceres?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the September 12 space trivia contest question:

Time again to play Where in the Solar System? Where in the solar system is a crater named Math? (Sadly, unrelated to Mathew Kaplan.)

Answer:

A crater called Math is on Jupiter’s moon Europa.