Planetary Radio • Mar 25, 2014

Emily Lakdawalla At Her Favorite Conference While Alan Stern Stirs Up the Solar System

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Emily Lakdawalla

Solar System Specialist and Science Communicator

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Alan Stern

New Horizons Principal Investigator for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

A busy show, as Emily shares highlights from last week’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and Alan Stern provides updates on the Rosetta comet mission and his New Horizons probe that is nearing Pluto. Alan also addresses the controversy around Uwingu’s Name a Martian Crater project. Bill Nye makes gravity waves about the big cosmology discovery announced last week. Bruce Betts shoots for the moons on this week’s What’s Up.

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