Broadcast 2691 Hotel Mars

27 Apr 2016 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Jim Green
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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Jim Green,  Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  NASA planetary science partnerships with JAXA, national space agencies.   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 Dr. Jim Green, NASA Planetary Science Director, to discuss NASA partnerships with national space agencies with a focus on the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA).  During our double Hotel Mars segment for about 20 minutes, we discussed the Japanese missions Hayabusa, Hayabusa 2, and Akatsuki which is now in orbit around Venus.  Some of our questions dealt with the Hayabusa comet visit and sample return, plus the Hayabusa 2 mission now en route to asteroid 1999 JU3.  We talked about the way NASA contributed to these missions, ground simulation models for mission problem solving, sample returns, and the art of planetary mission sample return.  We also spoke about Akatsuki which after several years is now in orbit around Venus due to years of problem solving for a propulsion problem.  Dr. Green explained this methodology to us plus we talked about some of the very early science discoveries regarding Venus given Akatsuki is now orbiting our sister planet.  As the segment was ending, Dr. Green mentioned the next JAXA mission, MMX Martian Moons.  NASA is working with JAXA on this mission as well.

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