Date: May 11, 2012

Title: Take Mercury for a Spin

Podcaster: Bob Hirshon

Organization: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Description: The Google Earth platform is useful for more than just checking out Earth-bound topography and features. AAAS Science Update host Bob Hirshon spoke with ace programmer Jason Smith, of Silicon Valet, about how he converts raw image data of the planet Mercury taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft into KML files that map the imagery onto the Google Earth sphere. The result? A detailed Mercury globe that anyone can take for a spin.

Bio: Bob Hirshon is Senior Project Director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and host of the daily radio show and podcast Science Update. Now in its 24th year, Science Update is heard on over 300 commercial stations nationwide. Hirshon also heads up Kinetic City, including the Peabody Award winning children’s radio drama, McGraw-Hill book series and Codie Award winning website and education program. He oversees the Science NetLinks project for K-12 science teachers, part of the Verizon Foundation Thinkfinity partnership. Hirshon is a Computerworld/ Smithsonian Hero for a New Millennium laureate.

Sponsor: “This episode of 365 Days of Astronomy is sponsored by The Education and Outreach team for the MESSENGER mission to planet Mercury. Follow the mission as the spacecraft helps to unlock the secrets of the inner solar system at

“Additional sponsorship for this episode of 365 days of astronomy was provided by – Expanding your horizons in astronomy today. The premier on-demand telescope network, at dark sky sites in Spain, New Mexico and Siding Spring, Australia.”


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