With the first use of its drill and delivery of samples to its internal instruments, Curiosity is now a fully-functioning science station on Mars. JPL Sampling System Scientist Luther Beegle provides an update. Emily Lakdawalla is a Twitter true believer. She shows us why with a wide-ranging discussion about meteor showers on Titan. Bruce Betts says Mat Kaplan will just miss a comet when he travels to the Southern Hemisphere this week, but there's a treat in store for northern viewers. Bill Nye is away.
- Curiosity News Release With Great Drill Schematic and Images
- BLOG: Curiosity Update-Drilled Stuff is in the Scoop, Ready for Analysis
- BLOG: Emily on Titan Meteor Showers and Why Twitter is Awesome
- BLOG: Mat's Atacama Diary
This week's prize is Bill Nye the Science Guy's voice on your answering system!
This week's question:
What is the highest permanent astronomical observatory, and how high is it?
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http:planetary.org/radiocontest no later than Monday, March 18, at 2pm Pacific Time.
Last week's question:
In what country and state or province was the beryllium mined for the James Webb Space Telescope mirror segments?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
On what two bodies does Copernicus have craters named after him?
On the Moon and Mars.