Planetary Radio • Oct 07, 2013

The New Horizons Initiative

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Carl Sagan’s longtime artistic collaborator, Jon Lomberg, designed the cover for the Voyager Interstellar Record.  Now he wants to upload another message from Earth to New Horizons, the spacecraft on its way to Pluto.  Jon asks for help in convincing NASA and with the creation of the message.  Emily Lakdawalla reports from the 2014 meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences.  Bill Nye rejoices in the discovery by Curiosity that two percent of Mars soil is water.  Bruce Bettts points out a majestic triangle in the fall sky on What’s Up.

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What nebula would fit best in the movie, "The Godfather?"

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