SoT 190: Why The Long Face?

Hosts: Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, Dr. Helen Maynard-Casely.

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The New Horizons spacecraft is one month away from Pluto, but it’s already giving us some fuzzy photos.

And new findings from the Hubble telescope give some insights into the complex orbits and interactions of Pluto’s moons.

In the last month around 120,000 Saiga antelopes have died in Kazakhstan, and nobody knows why.

Breaking news while we recorded this show – the Philae lander has awoken on Comet 67P after a seven month sleep.

The first stage of The Planetary Society’s LightSail project has been successfully completed. The small craft unfurled its large solar sail, which uses sunlight for propulsion.

Dr. Helen Maynard-Casely is a an instrument scientist for the WOMBAT high-intensity powder diffractometer at the Bragg Institute. She writes“The Shores of Titan” column on The Conversation.