Planetary Radio • Jul 29, 2013

Europa Report--New Science Fiction Film Embraces the Science

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Kevin Hand

Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration for Jet Propulsion Laboratory

If you’re willing to accept the premise, the thrilling new independent feature film presents one of the most scientifically and technically accurate tales ever put on screen. We’ll talk with the director and producer, and then ask science advisor Kevin Hand for a reality check.  Emily Lakdawalla has returned from a Pluto mission science meeting.  Bill Nye wants to make sure the 2020 Mars rover can look for signs of life, while Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan have another new Planetary Radio t-shirt for you.

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