On This Episode
Principal Research Scientist and InSight Mission Principal Investigator
Senior Editor for The Planetary Society
Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society
Senior Communications Adviser and former Host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society
The InSight lander has only just arrived on Mars. Now, OSIRIS REx has reached asteroid Bennu after traveling through deep space for a year and a half. We’ll talk with the Planetary Society’s Jason Davis about this mission that will bring a sample of Bennu back to Earth after it has learned all it can over the next 19 months. We’ll also hear from the young student who gave the asteroid its name. Then we’ll return to the Red Planet for a conversation with the leader of the InSight mission, Bruce Banerdt. We’ve got very special prizes for this week’s What’s Up space trivia contest.
- "We have arrived!" OSIRIS-REx is officially at asteroid Bennu
- The OSIRIS REx Mission
- NPR News Weekend Edition Sunday-Lulu's Log: Bennu Asteroid
- New Cameras on Mars!
- VIDEO: We are on Mars! NASA Insight Landing at Caltech Beckman's Auditorium
- NASA InSight Mission
This Week’s Prizes:
The beautiful second edition of the National Geographic Space Atlas: Mapping the Universe and Beyond AND the new National Geographic Almanac 2019. Also a Planetary Radio t-shirt from the Planetary Society Chop Shop store and a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account.
This week's question:
What spacecraft was intended to visit comet 46P/Wirtanen?
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, December 12th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last week's question:
What did the InSight lander and some warriors from the Middle Ages have in common?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the November 21 space trivia contest question:
What chemical elements were named after celestial bodies or the gods or goddesses for whom the bodies were named?
There are nine elements named after celestial bodies: Cerium, Helium, Mercury, Neptunium, Palladium, Plutonium, Selenium, Tellurium and Uranium. (Sorry, Krypton.)