Planetary Radio • Nov 24, 2015

Movers and Shakers at SpaceCom Expo

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On This Episode

Chris Biddy

CEO and Founder for Aquila Space

James Causey

Executive Director for SpaceCom Expo

John Elbon

Vice President and General Manager for Boeing Space Exploration Division

Jeff Greason

CEO for XCOR Aerospace

Wendy Niemann

Associate Director of Industry Development for Destination Imagination

Ellen Ochoa

Director and Former Astronaut for NASA Johnson Space Center

We join 1,600 space entrepreneurs and visionaries in Houston, and talk with Boeing, XCOR, Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa and more. Emily Lakdawalla was there when the preliminary design for a zoom lens on Mars was approved. Bill Nye looks forward to the return of humans reaching Earth orbit aboard U.S. spacecraft. What’s Up offers a Black Friday prize package in the new space trivia contest.

Models in the SpaceCom Expo NASA exhibit
Models in the SpaceCom Expo NASA exhibit Image: Mat Kaplan
Mat in a Russian spacesuit
Mat in a Russian spacesuit

This week's question:

What was the only time a launch escape system was fired with a crew aboard while the rocket was still on the pad?

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Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at [email protected] no later than Tuesday, December 1st at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What were Pete Conrad’s first words spoken as he stepped out of the Lunar Module onto the surface of the Moon?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What was the only space shuttle mission that experienced a main engine failure yet still made it to its planned orbit?


The STS-51-F mission of Challenger experienced a main engine failure yet till made it to orbit.