Episode 8: A Tale of Two Asteroids

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The asteroid belt is portrayed in movies as a crowded place with massive rocks bouncing each other like pool balls, capable of sending a mile-wide missile hurtling toward Earth at any moment. The reality is much more fascinating. Host Dr. Michelle Thaller speaks with Dr. Lucy McFadden, Co-Investigator of NASA’s Dawn Mission to orbit the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. She shares what they’ve learned by traveling 130 million miles to visit places we’ve always viewed from afar. Learn more about Orbital Path at orbital.prx.org. Image of Vesta from: http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/image-detail.html?id=PIA15506

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