Planetary Radio • Sep 09, 2013


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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society

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Brian Day

LADEE Education and Public Outreach Lead for Ames Research Center

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer for The Planetary Society

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David Paige

Professor of Planetary Sciences for UCLA

Planetary Radio returned to the Crawford Family Forum for live coverage of the LADEE launch on September 6th.  With a capacity in person crowd and many more watching our webcast, Mat Kaplan was joined on stage by planetary scientists Bruce Betts and David Paige. We got a live report from the LADEE mission’s Brian Day at the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia, and a surprise phone call from Science Guy and Dancing With the Stars contestant Bill Nye!

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Give us an analogy for the surface area of the moon!  Amuse or enlighten us.  Example: X football fields.

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What is Dr. Bruce Murray's middle name?

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Question from the week before:
Who was the first person to Tweet from space?

Mike Massimino Tweeted in 2009, though it was an "indirect" Tweet