Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain; Guest: Dr. Ashwin Vasavada, Dr. Nick Castle, Allen Versfeld, Pam Hoffman

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Title:Weekly Space Hangout – Piquing Our Curiosity with Dr. Ashwin Vasavada

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Today’s story:

  • New information from Perseverance in Jezero Crater.
  • The DART Mission. Obviously!
  • What to see in the fall skies.
  • Looking at lunar glass to understand Earth’s impact record.
  • SLS doesn’t launch because of hurricane Ian.

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: On August 5, 2022, a plucky little rover named Curiosity celebrated its 10th Anniversary on the surface of Mars. Since being lowered on Mars that summer day it has continued to exceed all mission expectations. For ten years, Curiosity has called Gale Crater and the foothills of Mount Sharp “home,” all while wandering around the name of science and traveling nearly 18 miles (29 kilometers) and ascending 2,050 feet (625 meters). What have we been able to learn about Mars during this decade? And what lies ahead for the “Little Rover that Could?” Join us tonight as Dr. Ashwin Vasavada brings piques our “Curiosity” and answers these questions.

Dr. Ashwin Vasavada is a planetary scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  Currently he is the Project Scientist for NASA’s Curiosity rover that began development in 2003 and just completed its tenth year on the surface of Mars.  He now leads the international team of scientists as they explore Gale Crater.  He also has participated in the operation and analysis of data from several other NASA spacecraft missions, including the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Cassini mission to Saturn, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.  He holds a B.S. in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from Caltech.

You can stay up to date with Curiosity by visiting the project’s web site and by following it on both Twitter ( and Instagram (

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