Planetary Radio • Aug 27, 2012

Remembering Neil Armstrong/ChemCam is Zapping Martian Rocks!

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Roger Wiens

SuperCam Prinicpal Investigator for Los Alamos National Laboratory

Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye the Science Guy join Mat Kaplan for a special remembrance of Neil Armstrong. Then we visit with the principal investigator for the first ray gun on Mars. Roger Wiens leads the ChemCam team that is using its powerful laser to zap and analyze Martian rocks. It’s just one of the Curiosity Rover success stories. Win a ChemCam bumper sticker and a Planetary Radio t-shirt in the weekly What’s Up space trivia contest!

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This week's prize is a ChemCam bumper sticker and a Planetary Radio t-shirt.

This week's question:
What was the first spacecraft to fly by Saturn?

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Last week's question:
How long is the reach of the MSL Curiosity arm, measuring from the front of the rover body?

Answer:
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Last week's question:
How many kilograms of plutonium dioxide are carried by the Curiosity rover?

Answer:
4.8 kilograms of plutonium dioxide