Episode 335: EVA-Expansive Variety of Acronyms

On this episode, we begin with a new control center which will be going online in a unique location in the world for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02). We then move on to a previously-deleted discussion about the Mars Science Laboratory, also known as Curiosity. We then discuss the next moon mission coming up called GRAIL, which will be two tandem spacecrafts operating together. Following that we discuss a DARPA aircraft which prematurely performed a nosedive into the Pacific Ocean and the impact of this crash. We continue on to a shuttle shuffle where Discovery and Endeavour swapped places and ended up meeting nose-to-nose. We finish off with a surprise discussion regarding the Space Launch System (SLS) and it's new completion date of 2032.

A size comparison of the Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs) on back-left, Sojourner, a small rover onboard Mars Pathfinder on front-left, and the Curiosity Rover on right. Credit NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

An image of the orbiters Endeavour (left) and Discovery (right) as they met nose-to-nose on August 11. Credit: NASA/Kennedy Space Center

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gene Mikulka and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 8/14/2011

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