Planetary Radio • Nov 11, 2014

Digging Deep With Kris Zacny and the Planetary Deep Drill

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Kris Zacny

Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology for Honeybee Robotics

If there’s life on Mars, it’s probably deep beneath the surface. That’s just one reason we need a tool like Planetary Deep Drill on the red planet and other mysterious worlds around our solar system. Honeybee Robotics’ Kris Zacny introduces us to the innovative prototype. Emily Lakdawalla reports from Darmstadt, Germany where the European Space Agency was preparing for the first ever landing on a comet. Bill Nye talks about the otherworldly elements of his new book, “Undeniable.” is the worldwide network of telescopes that anyone can use to image the universe. You might win a $200 account on this week’s What’s Up with Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan.

Kris Zacny and Mat Kaplan with the Planetary Deep Drill
Kris Zacny and Mat Kaplan with the Planetary Deep Drill Honeybee Robotics’ Kris Zacny and Mat Kaplan with a section of Planetary Deep Drill.

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When did the French Guiana Space Centre become operational?

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What constellation winds its way between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, or the Big and Little Dippers?


Draco the Dragon is the constellation that winds its way between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.