Planetary Radio • Sep 30, 2014

A Conversation With Congressman Lamar Smith

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Lamar Smith

Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee for U.S. House of Representatives

The Chairman of the powerful Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives joins us for a talk about planetary science, Europa, a human flyby of Mars and much more. Emily Lakdawalla celebrates the arrival of two new spacecraft at the Red Planet. Bill Nye reports on the very successful test of the LightSail solar sail. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan learn just how “hot” a stolen moon rock can get!

Lamar Smith
Lamar Smith Congressman Lamar Smith serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.Image: U.S. House of Representatives

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