Nagi Cox Works on Mars Time: January 20th, 2014

Show notes for episode 182, January 20, 2014
Hosts: Rob B., Jesse, Pat
Special Guest: Dr. Nagin Cox
Title: Nagi Cox Works on Mars Time

‘One is tempted to leave one’s mark,’ and Dr. Nagin Cox certainly did on this show. We invited the systems engineer from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to join us and chat about her past work on Galileo, Kepler, Cassini, Spirit & Opportunity (10 year anniversary on Mars), and her current work on the Curiosity rover. In other news, 35 years ago the Soviets donated 50 kg of Uranium to Canada and Rosetta woke up from its hibernation. This is your universe, on York Universe. Show notes and podcast below.

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The Randii Wessen Show: January 13th, 2014

Show Notes for Episode 181, January 13th, 2014
Hosts: Paul, Hugh, Ryan, Jen
Title: The Randii Wessen Show

The York Universe crew was delighted to invite Randii Wessen, the Deputy Manager of Project Formulation at JPL, to the show. An unbelievably interesting conversation ensued! Show notes and podcast below.

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Jen Visits JPL – The Centre of the Universe!: November 11, 2013

Show notes for the 11th of November 2013 (Lest we forget)

Hosts: Paul, Lianne, Hugh, Jen
Title: Jen Visits JPL – The Centre of the Universe!

This week in space/astronomy history:

1. November 13, 1971 – Mariner 9 becomes first spacecraft to orbit Mars.

2. November 16, 1974 – The infamous message to M13 globular cluster via Arecibo observatory. This was part of a ceremony to mark the reopening of the famous radio observatory.

3. November 12, 1833 – The Great Leonid Meteor Shower

4. November 14, 1797 – Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, Kt FRS is born (he died February 22, 1875). He was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularisedJames Hutton‘s concepts of uniformitarianism (the idea that the earth was shaped by the same processes still in operation today).

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