Planetary Radio • Oct 07, 2014

Planetary Radio Live! We See Thee Rise: The Canadian Space Program

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer for The Planetary Society

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Elizabeth Howell

Senior Writer for Universe Today

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Gordon Osinski

NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology for University of Western Ontario

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Jeremy Hansen

Astronaut for Canadian Space Agency

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Senior Communications Adviser and former Host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society

We welcomed 1,600 Canadian space enthusiasts to the University of Toronto for our October 1st celebration of Canada in space! Join Mat Kaplan and Bill Nye with their guests, Canadian space writer Elizabeth Howell, University of Western Ontario planetary scientist Gordon “Oz” Osinski, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Bruce Betts appeared via Skype to lead a rousing Random Space Fact cheer on What’s Up.

Planetary Radio Live! We See Thee Rise
Planetary Radio Live! We See Thee Rise The panel from left to right: Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen, Dr. Gordon "Oz" Osinski of the University of Western Ontario, writer Elizabeth Howell of Universe Today, and our own Bill Nye and Mat Kaplan.Image: John Packman / The Planetary Society

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This week's question:

Who was the first Canadian to visit the International Space Station? This person has a Masters from the University of Toronto.

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at [email protected] no later than Tuesday, October 14, at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What was the nickname given to the first pulsar ever discovered?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

How many orbiters has NASA attempted to send to Mars? How many were successful?


NASA has launched 10 Mars orbiters, 7 of which were successful.