Planetary Radio • Sep 01, 2017

Space Policy Edition #16: NASA's Flagship Missions: Are They Worth It?

On This Episode

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Jason Callahan

Former Space Policy Advisor for The Planetary Society

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser for The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer for The Planetary Society

The multi-billion dollar, multi-decade Cassini mission is about to end. A new report tries to answer an important question: are flagship science missions like Cassini worth the effort and expense? And how can NASA maximize the value of these endeavors? Dr. Ralph McNutt, co-chair of the National Academies study, reviews the report’s recommendations.

Cassini makes the plunge
Cassini makes the plunge NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunges toward the gap between Saturn and its rings.

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