Planetary Radio • Jul 16, 2013

Touring Mt. Wilson with George Ellery Hale's Descendants

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David Jurasevich

Superintendent for Mount Wilson Observatory

On this special vacation edition of the show, we climb to the Mount Wilson Observatory to join a special tour for the descendants of the facility’s fascinating founder, George Ellery Hale. It is provided by David Jurasevich, the Observatory's superintendent. Bruce Betts has a salute for Apollo 11’s 44th anniversary in this week’s What’s Up segment, and joins Mat Kaplan for another space trivia contest.  Bill Nye and Emily Lakdawalla return next week.

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How long were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin separated from the Apollo 11 command module in the Lunar Module Eagle?

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Besides Pluto, name at least one fictional dog that shares its name with a solar system object (not on Earth).

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Besides the five spacecraft on escape trajectories out of the solar system, what is the most distant INTACT spacecraft?  (Remember, the NCC-1701 is fictional.)

The most distant, intact spacecraft that is NOT headed out of the solar system is Cassini.