Planetary Radio • Nov 29, 2017

Bob Richards of Moon Express

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Bob Richards

Founder and CEO for Moon Express

Moon Express Founder and CEO Bob Richards shares an inspiring vision for a return to the Moon. It includes introduction of a sophisticated line of robotic spacecraft, the first of which may make a soft landing next year. Sample return and Mars missions would follow. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye returns with concern for the future capabilities of a Hubble telescope descendant. And Bruce Betts surprises Mat Kaplan with an anniversary celebration that’s fit for the cosmos.

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This week's question:

Who was the first Planetary Radio guest on November 25, 2002?

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Last week's question:

Who first proposed the theoretical existence of neutron stars?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What is the orbital eccentricity of the just-named and discovered interstellar asteroid 1I/'Oumuamua? (Wikipedia: The orbital eccentricity of an astronomical object is a parameter that determines the amount by which its orbit around another body deviates from a perfect circle. A value of 0 is a circular orbit, values between 0 and 1 form an elliptical orbit, 1 is a parabolic escape orbit, and greater than 1 is a hyperbola.)

Answer:

The orbital eccentricity of the just-named and discovered interstellar asteroid 1I/'Oumuamua is approximately 1.2, the greatest ever determined.