Planetary Radio • Mar 19, 2013

ALMA Adventure

On This Episode

Ewine van Dishoeck

Radio Astronomer for University of Leiden & Former ALMA Board Member

Al Wooten

North American Project Scientist and head of the North American ALMA Science Center for National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Alison Peck

Former ALMA Commissioning Scientists Team Leader for National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Gianni Marconi

Commissioning Scientist for ALMA

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer for The Planetary Society

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer for The Planetary Society

The first of two episodes about our journey to Chile’s Atacama Desert, home to the ALMA Observatory, the radio telescope that is humanity’s most ambitious astronomy project.  Join Mat Kaplan among the giant dishes at 16,500 feet above sea level. Bill Nye talked with a congressman about saving planetary science, and Bruce Betts has the latest on comet Pan-STARRS.  You may win Bill Nye’s voice on your answering system!

Related Links

Mat Kaplan at the ALMA High Site
Mat Kaplan at the ALMA High Site

Trivia Contest

This week's prize is Bill Nye the Science Guy's voice on your answering system!

This week's question:
What surface feature on Venus is taken as defining the prime meridian? (Longitude 0 degrees)

To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http:planetary.org/radiocontest no later than Monday, March 25, at 2pm Pacific Time.

Last week's question:
What is the highest permanent astronomical observatory, and how high is it?

Answer:
The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
In what country and state or province was the beryllium mined for the James Webb Space Telescope mirror segments?

Answer:
In the US state of Utah