Planetary Radio • Nov 19, 2013

Planetary Radio Live Celebrates the Launch of MAVEN

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Jim Bell

Past President (2008-2020), Board of Directors of The Planetary Society; Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University; Principal Investigator, NASA Perseverance rover Mastcam-Z instruments

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society

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Bill Nye

Chief Executive Officer for The Planetary Society

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Casey Dreier

Chief of Space Policy for The Planetary Society

MAVEN set out for Mars on November 18.  Planetary Radio Live joined the celebration from Pasadena, California with Bruce Betts, Emily Lakdawalla, host Mat Kaplan and a roomful of space enthusiasts. Jim Bell and Bill Nye joined in via live hookup from the Kennedy Space Center.  A link to the complete webcast is available below.  Also, Casey Dreier reports discouraging news about the future of deep space missions that can’t rely on solar cells for power.

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MOM is India's Mars Orbiter Mission. Amuse us: If we launched a mission with the acronym "DAD" what would it stand for?

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Last week's question:
What observational technique was used to discover the rotation periods of Venus and Mercury?

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Question from the week before:
What are the craters on the asteroid Gaspra named after?

Like the asteroid itself, they are named after resort towns.