#105 – March 2021 Part 2

The Discussion:

  • Vaccination cometh to Awesome Astronomy
  • The UK’s unorthodox meteor sample return mission
  • A listener’s email follow up to last month’s Q&A

The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have:

  • SpaceX launch and land a 13 storey Starship
  • Japan joins NASA’s moon programme
  • NASA releases its science goals for Project Artemis
  • Northrop Grumman begins work on NASA’s Mars sample return
  • The OSIRIS-REx mission prepares for May asteroid departure

Moons of the Solar System: Our show segment exploring the discovery, exploration and our knowledge of the solar system’s moons. And we move onto Jupiter and the four Galilean moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Calisto. Jupiter’s other moons next month.

Q&A: ‘Do you think the first crewed Mars mission will be to land or would it make any sense to do an Apollo 8 (or indeed 10) stylee close approach?‘ From our good friend Alex Bell in Bath, UK.

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