Planetary Radio • Nov 08, 2017

Andy Weir’s New Novel Puts a City on the Moon

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Andy Weir

Author of The Martian and Project Hail Mary

The author of #1 bestseller The Martian is back with Artemis, a superbly-researched, rollicking adventure in the first city on the Moon. You might win a copy of the book in the new What’s Up space trivia contest. Emily Lakdawalla has returned from the 2017 Division for Planetary Sciences meeting with several reports on the process of planetary science and the vital element of creativity in all of science.

Andy Weir’s "Artemis" is the new novel set in a city on the Moon
Andy Weir’s "Artemis" is the new novel set in a city on the Moon Image: Crown Publishing

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What is the current designation for the first-ever interstellar asteroid to be identified by astronomers? Its discovery was announced just days ago. The object was originally misidentified and named.


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Where are the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) gravitational wave detectors located?


The LIGO gravitational wave detectors are located in Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford, Washington.