Astronomers Jay Pasachoff and Alex Filippenko have just published the 4th edition of "The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millenium." They join us for a conversation about this monumental textbook. Emily Lakdawalla helps us say good morning to the just-awakened Rosetta spacecraft, while Bill Nye is fascinated and puzzled by what looks like a jelly doughnut on the Martian surface. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan have a copy of “The Cosmos” to give away in the What’s Up space trivia contest.
- "The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium"
- Emily Lakdawalla: Rosetta is Awake!
- Messages to Bennu! Fly Your Name to an Asteroid!
This week's prize is a copy of "The Cosmos!"
This week's question:
What bodies has Rosetta flown by on the way to its comet encounter?
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Monday, January 27, at 2pm Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last week's question:
What northern hemisphere constellation is best known for looking like the letter "W" or sometimes "M?"
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What was the first power tool specifically designed for space use in 1964, according to NASA?
The Martin Company and Black and Decker created the "electric minimum reaction space tool"—basically, a battery-powered drill.