Planetary Radio • Jan 15, 2013

Visiting the AAS Meeting for a JWST Update and More

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Jason Kalirai

Deputy Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope for Space Telescope Science Institute

Dean C. Hines

Scientist for Space Telescope Science Institute

Nearly 3,000 astronomers crowded into the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society last week. Listen to two samples of the more than 1,900 presentations, and join Mat Kaplan for a James Webb Space Telescope update from Deputy Project Scientist Jason Kalirai and Space Telescope Science Institute researcher Dean C. Hines.  Emily and Mat visit the JWST's home, while Bill Nye the Science Guy answers critics of the telescope. NOTE THE LINK TO THE NEW WHAT'S UP! CONTEST ENTRY FORM BELOW.  Bill Nye might be answering your phone for you.

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