Rod Pyle ... on asteroids

Episode 1752 (1:43:20)

Rod Pyle

Our rocketman Rod Pyle joins Leo to talk about a recent Japanese probe that landed on an asteroid, scooped up a rock sample, and returned it to earth. The mission was HyaBusa 2 and it landed yesterday. The asteroid is an ancient chunk of our solar system which could contain the building blocks on how life was created on earth and what the solar system is made of. 

China is also on a sample return mission, with a probe on the moon. It should bring back 5 pounds of the lunar surface in about two weeks. 

In other space news ... this week, Space X's starship will have a 12.5km hop this week, in its next step towards going to Mars. 

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