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136: Would sailboats work on Titan? With Dr. Soto

Dr. Alejandro Soto  returns to the show to talk about how lakes on Titan and on Earth influence the nearby atmosphere. He talks about how lakes create breezes that allow for sailing on Earth, and how the situation changes on Titan.  Titan's seas reflect the sun's light.  Cassini spacecraft  photo, credit  NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona / University of Idaho .

Dr. Alejandro Soto returns to the show to talk about how lakes on Titan and on Earth influence the nearby atmosphere. He talks about how lakes create breezes that allow for sailing on Earth, and how the situation changes on Titan.

Titan's seas reflect the sun's light. Cassini spacecraft photo, credit NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona / University of Idaho.

Episode 47: Punching an asteroid with Dr. Walsh

Dr. Kevin Walsh  visits the show to talk about a new NASA mission that will launch later this year:  OSIRIS REx ! This spacecraft will visit an asteroid, grab a bit of surface material, and return the material to Earth for further study. Dr. Walsh talks about the mission and explains how you can help scientists pick the best place on the asteroid for the spacecraft to grab a sample.

Dr. Kevin Walsh visits the show to talk about a new NASA mission that will launch later this year: OSIRIS REx! This spacecraft will visit an asteroid, grab a bit of surface material, and return the material to Earth for further study. Dr. Walsh talks about the mission and explains how you can help scientists pick the best place on the asteroid for the spacecraft to grab a sample.

Episode 45: A glimpse of the Pluto system with Dr. Ennico Smith

Longtime listeners know I cannot get enough of  New Horizons , the spacecraft that zipped by Pluto and Charon in 2015 and is now headed towards another distant object. Dr.  Kimberly Ennico Smith , New Horizons  deputy project scientist , stops by the show to talk about the new data currently being transmitted to Earth, what it’s like to work on this mission, and the violent past of Pluto’s moon Charon.

Longtime listeners know I cannot get enough of New Horizons, the spacecraft that zipped by Pluto and Charon in 2015 and is now headed towards another distant object. Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith, New Horizons deputy project scientist, stops by the show to talk about the new data currently being transmitted to Earth, what it’s like to work on this mission, and the violent past of Pluto’s moon Charon.

Pluto , as seen by New Horizons. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Pluto, as seen by New Horizons. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute