Moon exploration is in the midst of a renaissance, and we’ll be watching! After years of nearly total neglect, new missions are discovering that Earth's natural satellite is a much more interesting destination than once thought. Join Bill Nye the Science Guy and Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan for the LIVE launch of the newest lunar explorer. We'll watch on the Crawford Family Forum's big screen as the LADEE orbiter - that's the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer - begins its journey. We’ve invited leaders of the mission to be part of the conversation from the Virginia launch site, and we'll welcome distinguished UCLA planetary scientist David Paige as our in-person guest. David just received NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award, largely for his work as principal investigator on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment. Diviner has helped us learn about deposits of water ice on the moon, among other fascinating discoveries. Then we'll warm things up with a live edition of our What's Up? segment with astronomer Bruce Betts. You might even win the NEW Planetary Radio t-shirt in a loony edition of the space trivia contest! Don’t miss it – we’re off to the moon!
7:00pm - Doors Open
7:30pm - Program
Mat Kaplan: producer of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society
Bruce Betts: resident planetary scientist and Director of Projects for The Planetary Society
Bill Nye: the Science Guy and CEO of The Planetary Society
David Paige: Professor of Planetary Sciences in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at UCLA; Principal Investigator of the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, an instrument aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission that is currently orbiting the Moon.