Planetary Radio • Dec 23, 2014

Where Did The Air Go? Bruce Jakosky on the MAVEN Mars Mission

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Bruce Jakosky

MAVEN Principal Investigator for University of Colorado Boulder

Not just the air. Where is the water that was plentiful on the red planet billions of years ago? MAVEN may help answer these questions. Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky reports on the early, exciting science data. Emily Lakdawalla brings us Curiosity and Rosetta updates from the AGU conference in San Francisco. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan have another account to award on What’s Up. Bill Nye has the week off.

MAVEN to Mars
MAVEN to Mars This artist's concept shows the MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet, with a fanciful image of her home planet in the background.Image: NASA / GSFC

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