Broadcast 2801 Hotel Mars

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Tiffany Kataria,  Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Hot Jupiters, Exoplanets, the TESS Project.   You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

John Batchelor and I welcomed JPL's Dr. Tiffany Kataria to talk about Hot Jupiters, Exoplanets and the upcoming NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellites (TESS).  During the first segment of this double segment Hotel Mars program, Dr. Kataria told us about Hot Jupiters starting with their definition. We talked about there being extremely close to their star & very high temperatures up to 3,000 F.  We learned that Hot Jupiters are tidal locked and probably have silicate clouds instead of water-vapor clouds. As you will hear, the clouds are crucial to the atmosphere for Hot Jupiters.  Don't miss the rest of what our guest said about these strange planets.

During our Hotel Mars second segment, our guest talked about the upcoming NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellites (TESS).  The mission is expected to launch in 2018 plus the TESS satellite will be supplemented by ground based observatories and the space telescopes including the soon to be launched JWST.  TESS will be looking for exoplanets nearby in our solar system and will be an all sky survey with a goal of finding 50 or more rocky worlds in a habitable zone.  Dr. Kataria also said they needed to fully understand the characteristics of the habitable zone which TESS has been designed to do.  As our segment was ending, our guest mentioned the JPL initiative including multiple science disciplines coming together to facilitate a comprehensive view and understanding of exoplanets.

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Hot Jupiters/Exoplanet atmospheres

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26 Oct 2016 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Tiffany Kataria
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