Categories: Weekly Space Hangout

Weekly Space Hangout – January 24, 2014: LEGO Mars Rover & the Supernova We Missed in the Star Party!

Host: Fraser Cain

Special Guests: Stephen Pakbaz, designer of the LEGO Mars Rover Kit, and Ray Sanders from CosmoQuest, who is unboxing and building the kit as we hang out!

Astrojournalists: Morgan Rehnberg, Sondy Springmann, Elizabeth Howell, Casey Dreier, David Dickinson, Nicole Gugliucci, Mike Simmons

Today’s Stories – we’ve got a whole bunch this week!

Casey Dreier (
Legislative Blitz in D.C.
NASA shuts down the ASRG program (plutonium-238)
Rosetta Wakes Up!

Sondy Springmann (@sondy):
Water on Ceres?

Nicole Gugliucci ( / @NoisyAstronomer):
Chang’e’s Lunar Panorama
Supernova in M82 – and we’ve got footage of where we caught it on Sun, Jan 19, in the Virtual Star Party, but no one realized it was there!
Cosmo Academy

Elizabeth Howell (@howellspace):
Mock Mars mission
Will Spacewalks Happen On Expedition 40? NASA Undecided Due To Leak Investigation
Dusty, Windy And Damp: Five NASA Probes To Hunt Down Climate Change in 2014

Morgan Rehnberg ( / @cosmic_chatter):
Benchmarking NASA’s quantum compute

David Dickinson (@Astroguyz):
The Moon meets Saturn this Weekend
Video of Venus thru Inferior Conjunction
Video of Jupiter rotation
Nearby Brown Dwarf Imaged

Mike Simmons (Astronomers without Borders):
John Dobson bio

We record the Weekly Space Hangout every Friday at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern. You can watch us live on Google+, Universe Today, or the Universe Today YouTube page.

Fraser Cain

Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay. Here's a link to my Mastodon account.

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